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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, Continuing Studies, B.A.

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A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.

Mount St. Mary’s criminal justice program provides a rigorous and liberal arts education to those seeking a professional career in the criminal justice field, including law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections and other relevant fields.

A key feature of the criminal justice program is its emphasis on the connections between theory and practice. There are three guiding principles: (1) there can be no criminal justice without a commitment to the principles and practices of social justice, (2) technical proficiency is crucial to a well-run system of justice, and (3) a liberal education leads to both a greater level of professionalism as well as to a full and meaningful personal life. As such, this program aims to educate the whole person.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Mount St. Mary’s develops criminal justice professionals who are able to:

  • understand the basic concepts and theories of the discipline (proficient)
  • examine their own motivation for wanting to work in the field (reflective)
  • demonstrate commitment to the diversity, dignity, equality and rights of the individual (ethical)
  • demonstrate leadership as active participants in the criminal justice field(leading)
  • respond to the demands of an increasingly diverse technological and global society (adaptive)

Core Requirements

40 Credits:


38 to 41 Credits


Six 300-400 level required CJUST courses (18 credits) must be taken at Mount St. Mary’s. 

Of the four Criminal Justice Electives, at least two of them must be at the 300-400 level, and all 300-400 level electives must be taken at the Mount.

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, students must complete a minimum of 120 credits hours. Students must also earn a major GPA of 2.0, and a cumulative GPA of 2.0.