Criminal Justice Overview

The bachelor of arts in criminal justice is an interdisciplinary program that introduces students to the many aspects of the nation’s complex criminal justice system, while giving them a strong background in the liberal arts. Coursework investigates causes and prevention of criminal behavior, as well as the meaning and application of the legal process, law enforcement, court management and correctional treatment. The program structure fosters a humanistic understanding of the study of crime as well as a systematic examination of the issues of diversity in criminal justice. 

The Rockhurst University Criminal Justice program provides theoretical and practical knowledge for students interested in professional careers in traditional law enforcement fields such as corrections, courts, police and probation; in administrative and management positions in the field of criminal justice and law enforcement; and in law and paralegal occupations. In addition, the program curriculum is structured to facilitate entry into graduate programs in criminal justice, related social science fields and law.

A community advisory board comprising professionals in a number of fields related to criminal justice provides expertise in shaping the program’s curriculum and in helping to place students in a required one-semester internship designed to give them practical experience. Community agency leaders, the Kansas City Police Department, the Department of Justice, the FBI, corrections professionals, and two area judges are all represented on the board of advisers.