BA Criminal Justice / Homeland Security

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September 11th increased the demand for security and terrorism experts to protect U.S. and global communities. Saint Leo’s B.S. Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Specialization trains you to divert the next terrorist attack, respond to natural disasters and keep America secure—in cyberspace, at our country’s borders, and by air, land and sea.

Why choose Criminal Justice – Homeland Security at Saint Leo?

Become an expert on international and domestic terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, law enforcement ethics and law, and Middle Eastern political, religious and economic forces. Saint Leo is an approved educational partner by the FBI National Academy Associates, and our faculty members have served as local and federal agents, chief deputies, detectives and FBI advisors.

Ranked among the nation's most military-friendly institutions by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazines, Saint Leo University has been educating criminal justice professionals for more than three decades. In the Catholic spirit, we base our criminal justice model on a steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value and gifts of all people.

Saint Leo also offers a B.A. Criminal Justice – Criminalistics Specialization and a B.A. Criminal Justice with no specialization, as well as graduate-level Criminal Justice degrees.

Some amazing classes you can take

  • Introduction to Homeland Defense
  • Modern Middle-East
  • Terrorism
  • Legal Issues in Counter-Terrorism
  • Exploitable Weaknesses in Terrorist Organizations

Professional development opportunities

  • Field placement: Earn your police standard certificate with training at the Pasco-Hernando Police Academy. Intern with agencies such as the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. District Court and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • Cold cases: Saint Leo is the only university in the world where you can help local law enforcement agencies identify suspects in 30-year-old unsolved homicide cases.
  • Hands-on learning: Testify and sit on a jury for a courtroom role-playing assignment. Stand in the death chamber of the Florida state prison. Examine fingerprints in a forensics lab.
  • Co-curricular activities: Become an active member of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society.

What can you do with a degree in Criminal Justice – Homeland Security?

Graduates pursue careers in the Department of Homeland Security, specializing in counterterrorism, border security, disaster management, immigration and cybersecurity. They also work in law enforcement, private security and security-related positions at the local, state, or federal government levels.

  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Border Patrol Officer
  • CIA Agent
  • Military Support Specialist
  • Police Officer
  • FEMA Administrator
  • Immigration Enforcement Agent
  • Transportation Security Officer
  • FBI Agent
  • Coast Guard Officer

Where are Saint Leo Criminal Justice grads now?

  • Secret Service
  • FBI
  • Tampa Police Department
  • Atlanta Police Department

Student resources

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