Criminal Justice Department

The Department of Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary major designed to provide students with a broad perspective of crime and criminal justice.  

  • The major blends the history, theories, and practical applications of Criminal Justice with Christian ethics.  
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in the Criminal Justice field will continue to grow over the next decade. 
  • Graduates of YU's criminal justice program will be able to demonstrate a working understanding of law enforcement, courts and corrections. 

Whether you see yourself as a future lawyer, federal agent, social worker, private investigator, community programmer, police officer our program will set you up for success. Position yourself for a successful career in criminal justice and explore all areas of the system as a criminal justice major.


Degree Programs

Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice


Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice


A degree in communications provides the skills necessary to pursue rewarding careers or graduate studies in:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Law
  • Criminology
  • Human Services
  • Homeland Security
  • Public Policy

Some of the courses you may take include: 

  • Survey of Corrections
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminology 
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Probation, Pardon and Parole​
  • Constitutional Law
  • Courts and Courtroom Procedure
  • Ethics and the Criminal Justice System
  • Special Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Research and Writing in Criminal Justice

  1. The learner will identify and demonstrate a working understanding of the major components of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, courts, and corrections).
  2. The learner will demonstrate a basic knowledge of procedural and evidentiary rules and the relationship between procedural and substantive law.
  3. The learner will understand and analyze legal concepts and terminology in substantive and procedural areas of criminal justice.
  4. The learner will apply criminal justice/criminological concepts and theories to real life applications in the field of criminal justice.

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 The student who is planning a career in law should be familiar with the requirements of the specific professional school of their choice. Students can meet admissions requirements with most bachelor degrees offered at York University, including criminal justice.