What is Criminal Justice?
Criminal Justice is an inter-disciplinary social science that is concerned
with issues of crime and punishment and the processes and agencies involved
in addressing crime. It includes scholarship related to a variety of fields.
For example, sociology aids in understanding what social factors underlie criminal
behavior, political science lends perspectives on the processes of criminalization
and punishment, psychology helps to clarify the roots of certain types of deviant
behavior, and legal studies presents foundations for appreciating what can be
criminalized and the rationales for various responses to crime.
At La Salle, Criminal Justice is a demanding, high-quality program built on
theory and a serious grounding in the liberal arts as a pathway to a variety
of professional careers.
- Approximately 200 majors currently
- Small class size
- Faculty accessible to students, in accord with La Salle’s goal of “touching
the hearts of our students”
- Challenging curriculum
- Emphasis on theoretical insights and practical applications
- A multi-disciplinary approach, with an emphasis on social justice and social
- Solid preparation for graduate or professional school