Department Chair: Todd Matthews, Ph.D.
Criminal Justice students at Sacred Heart University develop a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system to prepare for a career in law enforcement, legal studies, security and more.
As part of their course of study, criminal justice students study causes of crime, the nature of serial killers and the work of criminal profilers, terrorism, capital punishment, criminal law, policing corrections and private security. Courses in the areas of corrections, law enforcement, legal studies and security help students apply criminological theory and scientific research methods, evaluate policy and law and enhance critical thinking skills. With a criminal justice degree, you’ll be prepared for a career in law enforcement, security management, corrections, crime prevention, law, victim assistance and policy making. Criminal Justice graduates find employment in a variety of settings, including the Department of Homeland Security, municipal or state police departments, the correctional system and the probation system.