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Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts - Criminalistics

Some amazing classes
you can take at Saint Leo

  • Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation
  • Forensic Science and Criminal Justice
  • Evidence Collection and Preservation
  • Bodily Fluids as Evidence
  • Scientific Writing and Courtroom Testimony

Why choose a Criminal Justice degree with a Criminalistics specialization? 

Do you have what it takes to solve the crime? Saint Leo's Criminal Justice - Criminalistics Specialization trains you in crime scene investigation and forensic science. Crime scene analysts process evidence—like DNA, fingerprints and bullets—in a forensics lab to help identify suspects and reconstruct the events of a crime.

Learn the latest techniques from faculty members who've served as real-life crime scene investigators. At Saint Leo, you'll develop expert knowledge on crime scene processing, fingerprint analysis, evidence preservation and blood stain interpretation, while building job-ready skills in scientific writing and courtroom testimony.

Ranked among the nation's most military-friendly institutions by G.I. Jobsand Military Advanced Education magazines, Saint Leo University has been educating criminal justice professionals for more than three decades. An approved educational partner by the FBI National Academy Associates, we base our criminal justice model on a steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value and gifts of all people. View our video to learn more about the unique and exciting experiences of being a student in the Saint Leo University Criminal Justice program.

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

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What can you do with a Criminal Justice - Criminalistics degree?

Graduates rapidly advance in the criminal justice system and pursue graduate study in criminal justice administration and related fields.
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Forensic Engineer
  • Medical Examiner
  • Criminalist
  • Forensic Documents Examiner
  • Forensic Toxicologist
  • Digital Forensic Examiner

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.

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.

Where are Saint Leo Criminal Justice grads now?

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