Our curriculum is designed to give students an invaluable foundation in law, social justice, community advocacy and forensic science. You’ll engage a multidimensional approach to studying crime, from its causes, offenders and victims to the corrective processes, agencies and laws working to control it. Our intensive course track introduces students to applied methods of sociological research to help them develop a pragmatic knowledge of corrections and criminal justice. Inside our full-service SMART classrooms, you will:
- Investigate the cause and effect of crime and criminal behavior in society
- Explore the history of justice practices and efficacy of existing anti-crime policies
- Apply and critique major theories and ethical issues in the field
- Examine how law enforcement and police organizations have evolved
- Learn the inner workings of courts, criminal law and legal decisions
- Use quantitative and qualitative research methods to scale criminal activity
To foster a comprehensive understanding of crime as well as the most equitable methods to prevent and control it, our internships give students the opportunity to both earn fieldspecific experience and be servant leaders in the community. Demonstrating the early ability to be practitioners and problem-solvers enhances our students’ employment opportunities and shapes them into strong competitors in the job market. Major in criminal justice and join thousands of current students and graduates affecting definitive change on the way the law operates around the world.
- Join: Our students enjoy participation in two active organizations: The Criminal Justice Club and Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Students also benefit from The Baltimore Scholars Program and the LSAT Award Program, both offered at the University of Baltimore Law School. Participation in those programs has been influential in helping interested majors earn admission and, at the same time, increases diversity in legal education.
- Explore: Our state-of-the-art criminalistics lab is the gateway to the latest techniques and procedures in crime scene investigations. Students learn how to analyze physical evidence—from fingerprints and firearms to documents and toxicology reports—and reconstruct past events with high-powered microscopes and high-speed cameras. Traditional instruction is enhanced by frequent field trips and guest speakers, exposing students to networking and employment possibilities in the field.
A degree in criminal justice is a gateway to careers in both the private and public sector. Graduates go on to fulfilling positions and accomplishments in law enforcement, adult and juvenile justice, correctional institutions, counseling centers, street outreach, corporate security and intelligence, social advocacy, adoption agencies and all levels of government. Many pursue advanced study in specializations like law, public administration or psychology. All benefit from the diverse opportunities that exist — or can be created — inside the field.
- Anti-money laundering operations analyst
- ATF agent
- Background screening analyst
- Border patrol agent
- Crime analyst
- Digital forensics examiner
- FBI agent
- Federal air marshal
- Jail inspector
- Military law enforcement
- Police officer
- Probation officer
- Public defender
- Research and policy analyst
- Secret service agent