La Salle’s undergraduate Criminal Justice program provides students with a dynamic educational experience. Our top-notch program provides students with the foundational theoretical knowledge and practical skills they’ll need for successful careers in the criminal justice field. Our students also learn highly marketable interpersonal and communication skills which are key to becoming outstanding members of society and dedicated professionals.
Located in Philadelphia, La Salle’s major in Criminal Justice offers students numerous internships and experiential learning opportunities. The small classes and attentive faculty create a tight-knit and supportive community atmosphere where students will examine the human impact of crime policy and explore the influence of ethics, race and ethnicity, gender, and social class. Our students receive rigorous training in preparation for application to graduate programs and law school. From law enforcement to criminal defense, a degree in criminal justice at La Salle University prepares you for a variety of careers.
This course explores major theoretical explanations of criminal behavior and crime rates with special focus on how criminal behavior is influenced by cognitive, developmental, and opportunistic factors.
This course introduces the general principles of substantive criminal law. Topics include how guilt is established, justification of punishment, and defining criminal conduct.
This course offers an analysis of police roles, including evolution, public perceptions, administration, culture, and police deviance.
This course examines some of the most important and current issues arising in criminal justice and the law, through which “outside” (i.e. undergraduate) students and “inside” (i.e. people who are incarcerated) students attend class together inside a correctional facility.
Our program is built on a multi-disciplinary approach that highlights social justice and service. We present a challenging curriculum that develops students’ practical knowledge of the field, interpersonal communication, critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and more.
Kathleen A. Bogle, Ph.D., is a professor and director of internships for the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department at La Salle University. She received her master’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Joseph’s University and her doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Delaware. Her major areas of research interest include gender, intimate relationships, and violence against women, particularly sexual assault on the college campus. Dr. Bogle has authors three books, Hooking Up: Sex, Dating, and Relationships on Campus (2008), Kids Gone Wild: From Rainbow Parties to Sexting, Understanding the Hype Over Teen Sex (co-authored with Joel Best) (2014) and Gender-Based Crime: Learning Through Experts and Cases (2023). Since the release of her first book, Bogle has done extensive media interviews, with quotes appearing in Cosmopolitan, Men’s and Women’s Health, The New York Times, Newsweek, O Magazine, Seventeen, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and many more. She has also appeared on several national radio and television programs, including NPR, the CBS Early Show, and ABC’s Nightline. Bogle has been an invited speaker at colleges all over the country. Dr. Bogle has also helped numerous students secure internships with the FBI, ATF, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Defenders Association of Philadelphia Family Court/Juvenile Probation, Adult Probation and Parole Department, New Leash on Life, U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Mayor’s Office, just to name a few.
Whether you choose to venture into anything from law enforcement to policy, you will be trained in the theoretical insights and practical applications of aspects of the criminal justice system. You will be ready to start a career as a:
Our students have completed internships at organizations such as: