The Loras College Criminal Justice major draws upon the perspectives of a number of academic disciplines including criminal justice, social work, sociology, psychology, and political science. Many Criminal Justice majors double major in Psychology, Sociology, or Social Work.
Students who graduate from Loras College with a criminal justice degree are able to apply their knowledge, assess the consequences of alternative courses of action, and make decisions based upon appropriate legal, social, and ethical considerations. Many graduates are employed in traditional criminal justice careers including law enforcement and community-based corrections. A significant number of students also pursue graduate level education, including Law school.
The criminal justice learning experience culminates in a field instruction component that puts into practice much of knowledge and many of the skills learned in the classroom. Internship sites are located in “real world” criminal justice settings such as probation offices, jails, prisons and court rooms. Students observe and participate in day-to-day decision making and actively contribute to the work of their internship organizations.
CJ courses include traditional classroom activities and experiential components such as police ride-aongs, courtroom observations, field trips, and presentations by criminal justice professionals.
Majors receive individual assistance in designing their educational experiences.
Criminal Justice students regularly present their research at the Midwest Criminal Justice Association Meetings.
Internship opportunities include a wide variety of settings at city, county, and state agencies throughout the Midwest.
Please click here to see some of our recent graduates and find out how they're using their Criminal Justice degrees.
Criminal Justice faculty have Ph.D.s and belong to regional and national professional associations. Faculty members have expertise in applied research, risk assessment techniques, and military investigations. Academic advising with Criminal Justice faculty is based upon individual student needs and focused on developing a skill set that enhances the achievement of career goals.
Len Decker, Ph.D. in Sociology from South Dakota State University. His favorite classes include: Criminology; Ethical Considerations in Criminal Justice; Creating & Controlling Crime; Juvenile Delinquency & Justice; CJ Field Instruction. His advice to students: Desire is but the handmaiden of opportunity.
Dedra Tentis, Ph.D. in Sociology from South Dakota State University. Her favorite classes include: Research Methods in CJ, Introduction to CJ, Women and Crime, MOI: Crime Images and Realities. Her advice to students: Never quit learning and be your best self.
Valerie Bell, Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. She teaches Introduction to Corrections, Senior Seminar, Victimology, White Collar Crime, and Police & Society. One piece of advice she has for students is: Study hard and visit your professors during their office hours.