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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Preparing leaders in Justice ready to respond to a changing world

Fontbonne’s new and unique Criminal Justice program utilizes a multi-disciplinary perspective to exploring the administration of justice, corrections, criminological theory, law adjudication, law enforcement, and research and analytic methods as foundations for the Criminal Justice program.

Our curriculum examines criminal justice within a sociological platform. The focus on social structure, human behavior, and social conditions prepares students to work within the criminal justice system while thinking critically and acting ethically. Critical thinking about issues such as diversity and social inequities are embedded in the courses, resulting in criminal justice practitioners prepared to be global citizens creating a more just world.

The focus of this program prepares students for both professional careers and further graduate education.  Students interested in working in the field after graduation will be prepared to serve their communities in multiple roles including public safety officer, correctional or probation officer, victim advocate or criminal justice administrators.   The Criminal Justice Program at Fontbonne University is also a launching pad for furthering your education at the police academy, or in graduate work such as a Master of Social Work or your law degree.

Program Highlights

  • Students will be prepared to serve as leaders in the changing world of policing and corrections.
  • A special emphasis is placed on the common good, reflecting the Catholic Social Teaching principle that “the dignity of each human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society”. Every student learns to serve the dear neighbor in need without distinction.
  • Students will be taught by experienced faculty who model critical thinking, communication, research and ethical decision-making skills with an emphasis on diversity and interpersonal relations. 

Program Curriculum

The faculty has carefully designed the curriculum that utilizes a multi-disciplinary perspective to learning the administration of justice, corrections, criminological theory, law adjudication, law enforcement, and research and analytic methods as foundations for the Criminal Justice program.

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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

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6800 Wydown Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63105


Mon – Fri 8:00am – 4:30pm

Careers in Criminal Justice

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for police and detectives projects a 7 percent growth in jobs (the same as the average for all occupations) in the decade between 2020 and 2030. During that decade, approximately 67,100 openings each year are projected on average.
  • Annual salaries, while covering a range, significantly exceed the total average salary of all occupations in the U.S. 
  • In Missouri, the outlook for job opportunities varies by area of the state with several occupations, including first-line supervisors, police and sheriff’s patrol officers, detective and criminal investigators, correctional officers, and security guards above a 7% growth rate.


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