Criminal Justice Requirements
The degree requires the successful completion of no less than 128 semester credit hours, which includes an internship and capstone. Also required are the RU core coursework and 12 semester hours of related upper division courses chosen under the direction of the major advisor. Successful completion of the Criminal Justice program will require a criminal background check prior placement in an internship placement. The presence of any criminal conviction on a student’s record may affect his/her eligibility for participating in the internship and/or securing a job in the student’s field.
A distinguishing element to the Rockhurst University Criminal Justice program is that students have the option to pursue either a minor or certificate in paralegal studies. This option provides students with an additional professional credential: a Certificate in Paralegal Studies. As the profession has become increasingly more recognized and diversified, paralegals with a variety of skills and backgrounds are being sought. Therefore, the certificate is complementary to a major in Criminal Justice. Students would have other minor courses of study available to them as well.