BA Criminal Justice

As a Criminal Justice student, you’ll develop the highly specialized knowledge and leadership skills to decode and correct criminals, work with law enforcement agencies, and improve the lives of people everywhere—in your community and around the world.

Why choose Criminal Justice at Saint Leo?

Where else are you going to learn the latest techniques from faculty members who've served more than 25 years as crime scene investigators, local and federal agents, chief deputies, detectives and FBI advisors? Saint Leo professors are leading experts on the skills you need to advance to the next stage of your career: interrogation, non-verbal communication, hostage negotiation, and international sex and organ trafficking.

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—the same at our University Campus and Education Centers—on a steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value and gifts of all people.

B.A. Criminal Justice specializations are available at Education Centers in Criminalistics and Homeland Security. Specializations are optional.

Some amazing classes you can take

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Police Organization and Administration
  • Substantive Criminal Law
  • Forensic Science and Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Homeland Defense

Professional development opportunities

  • Field placement: Earn your police standard certificate at a nearby police academy.
  • Internships: Find an internship close to home or work, or intern with federal agencies such as the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. District Court and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • FBI National Academy Associates: Saint Leo is an approved educational partner by the FBI National Academy Associates.

What can you do with a degree in Criminal Justice?

Graduates rapidly advance in the criminal justice system and pursue graduate study in criminal justice administration and related fields.

  • Corrections Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • CIA Agent
  • Coast Guard
  • Bailiff
  • State Trooper
  • Loss Prevention Investigator
  • Victim Witness Assistant
  • Juvenile Probation Officer

Where are Saint Leo Criminal Justice grads now?

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