Criminal Justice


Whether your dream is to promote safety within law enforcement, mentor youth in the justice system, or earn the degree needed for a promotion, an SAU education can make it happen.


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At St. Ambrose you will join a community that promotes justice, study with professors who are experts in criminal law, and have the opportunity to earn your bachelor's and master's degree in Criminal Justice in only five years.

Read our Criminal Justice Program Fact Sheet (pdf)


More Information About the Criminal Justice Program

What will I learn?

You will learn about the nature and causes of crime; justification and means of social control; administration of the justice system; and how to evaluate justice programs. Courses include criminal law procedure, offender treatment, juvenile justice, evidence and investigation, forensics, crime theory, serial homicides, and race, gender and class.

Many of our graduates choose to continue their education at St. Ambrose and enroll in our Master of Criminal Justice program. In fact, we offer an accelerated BA-MCJ program to qualified undergraduates, allowing them to earn both degrees in five years.

What are some possible job outcomes?

Criminal Justice majors can work for local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies, including law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, or juvenile justice. Alumni also work for private and public security companies, children services, judicial offices, and some conduct social research for public, private or non-profit organizations.

You get a lot of return on your educational investment, including personal and professional satisfaction. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cities the median annual pay for law enforcement officers, detectives, and probation offices ranges from $48,190 - $61,600 (2016).

What are my opportunities outside the classroom?

As early as your freshman year, you can participate in the SAU Undergraduate Summer Research Institute. Two examples of research conducted by criminal justice students during the institute involved examining the differences between psychopaths and sociopaths. Another study delved into state and federal prison data regarding educational program usage.

If you are interested in a hands-on internship, our faculty helps match your interests to their community connections. In fact, there are numerous city, county, state, and federal offices and courts in the Quad Cities region which gives you exceptional opportunities for networking, clinical placements, and jobs.

Throughout the year, you can attend free community presentations, town hall meetings, and conferences hosted on campus. Many of these events focus on social justice topics and can help expand your learning and professional connections.

What have alumni of this program done?

Carrie Landau '96, '02 MCJ is an FBI special agent in south suburban Chicago, specializing in human trafficking.

Grant Miller '14 added a psychology minor to his criminal justice major and today is Assistant Director of Security at JLL, in Chicago.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (43 credits)

Required:

Foundational Methods/Understanding (16 credits):
+CRJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 200 Research Methods in Sociology and Criminal Justice
CRJU 400 Criminology Theory
CRJU 407 Seminar in Criminal Justice
CRJU 430 Data Analysis in Social Research (4 credits)

Legal/Courts (9 credits):
CRJU 221 Criminal Law and Procedure
+CRJU 316 Juvenile Justice
CRJU 411 The Constitution and Criminal Justice

Corrections (6 credits):
CRJU 231 Contemporary Corrections
CRJU 314 Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections

Law Enforcement (6 credits):
CRJU 102 Introduction to Law Enforcement
CRJU 303 Police, Problems, and Practices

Justice Issues Electives (Choose 6 credits from the following):
CRJU 250, 313, 342, 350, 401, 402, 403, 420, 421, 487, 499
PSYC 321, 325, 328
SOC 220, 235, 342

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Minor (15 credits)

Required:
+CRJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 221 Criminal Law and Procedure
CRJU 400 Criminology Theory

Electives:
An additional six credit hours of criminal justice

WI=writing intensive
+=satisfies general education requirement

Click here to read course descriptions for Criminal Justice

BA-Master of Criminal Justice

The BA-MCJ program gives qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) degree on an accelerated timeframe.

Starting as juniors, qualified students can complete up to 12 credits of graduate-level criminal justice courses that will count toward both their BA and MCJ degrees. This will allow students to complete their master's degree in Criminal Justice in a single year following the completion of the bachelor's degree.

The importance of a master's degree

A master's degree is increasingly the minimum requirement for employment in many agencies, and with more sophisticated homeland security and law enforcement practices on the rise, advanced education is necessary for professionals to keep current and marketable. The BA-MCJ program allows qualified students the opportunity to acquire an advanced education and get a jump start on their careers.

To learn more about this opportunity, talk to Dr. Chris Barnum, Program Director at 563-333-6263.




BA-MCJ Admission Requirements

SAU Criminal Justice majors who have completed at least 60 hours of undergraduate course credit with a 3.2 cumulative grade point average are eligible for admission to the program.

Students may apply to the BA-MCJ program in the fall semester of their junior year. Applications must be completed by October 1.

Accepted students may register for a graduate class in the spring semester of their junior year.Current St. Ambrose students and new transfer students are eligible to apply if they have met the following:

1. Currently enrolled at St. Ambrose University as a Criminal Justice major.
2. Have a faculty advisor from the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
3. Completed 60 credit hours
4. Minimum 3.2 cumulative GPAAdmission Criteria

This program is competitive and intended for highly motivated students who excel in the classroom. Applicants will be evaluated on the following:

1. Grade point average (overall and in the major)
2. Interview with the Program Director
3. Letter of recommendation from a professor or employerPlan to Graduate - BA-MCJ

Once enrolled in the BA-MCJ program, students take specific classes in their junior and senior year to segue into the master's program.

Junior Year
Fall: Apply for admission into program
Spring: MCJ 510 Crime Policy AnalysisSenior Year
Fall: MCJ 550 Applications of Criminal Justice Writing
Spring: MCJ 620 Administration of Justice
MCJ 671 Seminar in Law Enforcement or MCJ 672 Seminar in Corrections

BA-MCJ Plan to Graduate

Year One

FallCRSpringCR
CRJU 101 Intro to Criminal Justice 3 CRJU 231 Contemporary Corrections* 3
ENGL 101 English Composition 3 CRJU 221 Criminal Law and Procedures* 3
Philosophy/Theology 3 Oral Communication (COMM 129, 132, 230, 228, or 329) 3
Foreign Language 101 3 Foreign Language 102 3
NSS 101 New Student Seminar 1 Math 131 or 171 3
IL 101 Information Literacy 1 KIN 149: Wellness Concepts 1
Total Credits 14 16

Year Two

FallCRSpringCR
CRJU 102 Intro to Law Enforcement 3 CRJU 303 Police, Problems, and Practices* 3
CRJU 200* 3 CRJU 430 (Pre-req CRJU 200) 4
Humanities # 3 Creative Arts 3
Natural Science 3 Philosophy/Theology 3
Kinesiology-Fitness 1-2 Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credits 16-17 Total Credits 16

Year Three

FallCRSpringCRPre-req
CRJU 316 Juvenile Justice* 3 WI-CRJU 407 3 CRJU 400, CRJU 430, ENGL 101
CRJU 400 Criminological Theory* 3 CRJU 314* 3
Philosophy/Theology 3 MCJ 510 Crime Policy Analysis 3
Electives 6 Humanities** n/a
Elective 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

Year Four

FallCRSpringCR
CRJU 411: Constitution and Criminal Justice* 3 CRJU Justice Issues Elective 3
CRJU Justice Issues Elective* 3 MCJ 620 Administration of Justice 3
MCJ 550 3 MCJ Seminar (620, 671, or 672)
300-level Philosophy/Theology 3 Electives 6
Elective 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

Year Five

FallCRSpringCR
MCJ 500 Criminological Theory 3 MCJ 507 Master's Seminar 3
MCJ 531 3 MCJ 530 3
MCJ 640 3 MCJ 702 Final Paper 3
Total Credits 9 Total Credits 9

WI=writing intensive
*Needs CRJU 101 as prerequisite
**Humanities course must be from two different departments

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested plan of study to graduate in four years with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.

This plan assumes the student has not met the foreign language requirement (three years of foreign language in high school).

Year One

FallCRSpringCR
CRJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 CRJU 231 Contemporary Corrections* 3
ENGL 101 English Composition 3 CRJU Justice Issues Elective* 3
Philosophy/Theology 3 Oral Communication (COMM 129, 132, 230, 228, or 329) 3
Foreign Language 101 3 Foreign Language 102 3
NSS 101: New Student Seminar 1 Math 131 or 171 3
IL 101 Information Literacy 1 KIN 149 Wellness Concepts 1
Total Credits 14 Total Credits 16

Year Two

FallCRSpringCR
CRJU 102 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3 CRJU 200 Research Methods in Sociology and Criminal Justice* 3
CRJU 221 Criminal Law and Procedures* 3 CRJU 316 Juvenile Justice* 3
Elective/2nd Major/Minor Course 3 Elective/2nd Major/Minor Course 3
Humanities # 3 Creative Arts 3
Natural Science 3 Philosophy/Theology 3
KIN Activity 1-2
Total Credits 16-17 Total Credits 15

Year Three

FallCRPre-reqSpringCR&
CRJU 400 Criminological Theory* 3 CRJU 303 Police, Problems, and Practices* 3
CRJU 430 Data Analysis in Social Research 4 CRJU 200 CRJU 314 Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections* 3
Elective/2nd Major/Minor Course 6 Elective/2nd Major/Minor Course 3
Creative Arts 3
Philosophy/Theology 3 Humanities # 3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 15

Year Four

FallCRPre-reqSpringCR
WI-CRJU 407 Seminar in Criminal Justice 3 CRJU 400, CRJU 430, ENGL 101 CRJU Justice Issues Elective* 3
CRJU 411 Constitution and Criminal Justice* 3 Elective/2nd Major/Minor Course* 12
Elective/2nd Major/Minor Course* 6
300-level Philosophy/Theology 3
Total Credits 15 Total credits 15

*Prerequisite CRJU 101
WI=writing intensive
# Humanities course must be from two different departments

Scholarships

Scholarships and Grants

For academic/merit-based awards, eligible students are matched to the qualifying award; some of them are listed below.

For need-based support, eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

You may also qualify for a scholarship or grant due to your talent in the fine arts or athletics. Give us a call or send an email so we can get to know you and find the best package for you. (You're also encouraged to seek outside scholarships and begin that search early.)

Institutional scholarships (2018-19)

To receive an institutional grant or scholarship students must meet specific criteria, and some may require a certain GPA to stay eligible. There is no need to apply for these; students automatically are eligible if they meet the criteria.

The Admissions Office calculates the award amount by using high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

Ambrose Scholar
For First Year, on-campus residents only. Straight As on high school transcript and a minimum 30 ACT score. Applicants who meet Ambrose Scholar criteria will be invited to compete for a full tuition scholarship for $@{17-18-Tuition}.

Trustee Scholar
$22,000/year - For First-year, on-campus residents only. Unweighted 3.8 GPA, 28+ACT. May be offset by state and/or federal aid if eligible.

Academic Scholarship
$14,000-17,000/year - Based on GPA and ACT/SAT score

University Grant
$12,000/year - Based on high school GPA and ACT/SAT score

Additional Awards

If you want to apply for any of the scholarships below, contact the Admissions Office.

Fine Arts Scholarships
Award based on performance and ability in art, music, or theatre. Includes the Michael Kennedy Theatre Scholarship. Audition or portfolio required.

Athletics Scholarships
Award varies. Based on performance and ability. Marching Band scholarships available. See below.

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship
$1,000 for on-campus students; $500 for off-campus. For accepted minority students.

Diocese of Davenport Catholic Parish Scholarship
Award varies. For First Year students only who are recommended by their parish pastor in the Diocese of Davenport. Recommendation to be completed by your pastor available here (pdf).

Father Welch Alumni Scholarship
$1,000/year. For on-campus students only whose parent is a St. Ambrose graduate.

Athletic Scholarships

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) awards millions of dollars annually to student-athletes at more than 250 colleges and universities. These scholarships allow you to earn a college education while competing in the sport that you love. At Ambrose, we embody that value of developing both the mind and body.

How do I qualify for an athletic scholarship?
You must first be eligible to play a sport at St. Ambrose. You can read about those qualifications here. The NAIA also has a complete website on how to register for eligibility at playNAIA.org

Transfer Scholarships

Amounts are for transfer students entering St. Ambrose in the 2018-19 academic year. For questions about any of the awards below, give our friendly Financial Aid Office a call at 563-333-5775.

Guaranteed Minimum Scholarship Award 

based on GPA (Grade Point Average)
3.5-4.00 GPA: $12,000 per year scholarship award
3.0-3.49 GPA: $11,000 per year scholarship award
2.5-2.99 GPA: $10,000 per year scholarship award
2.0-2.49 GPA: $8,000 per year scholarship award

OR

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society

Based on Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society membership. Award is $12,500 per year for new transfer students.

Awards are renewable each year up to a maximum eight semesters, including transfer hours. Scholarships awarded for fall and spring semesters only. GPA is based on 4.0 scale.

Award Terms

FAFSA forms must be filed every year.

  • To be considered for an Iowa Tuition Grant, the filing deadline is July 1.
  • The St. Ambrose priority deadline is March 15 for some institutional funds. 
  • The Financial Aid Office has the right to adjust your award at any time due to changes in your financial, academic, enrollment, or housing status. 
  • Awards offered from State and Federal programs are contingent upon legislative allocation of funds and maximum limits allowed.
  • You must report any assistance you receive from outside sources – including assistance from your employer – to the Financial Aid Office.

Institutional Aid

Undergraduate level students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester to receive Institutional money. All students, undergraduate or graduate, must be enrolled at least half-time per semester to be eligible for student loans. (Half-time for Undergraduate level = 6 credits; Graduate level = 5 credits)

There is no institutional aid for summer sessions. Federal Loans may be available if you are enrolled at least 1/2 time.

You are eligible for institutional financial aid for up to eight semesters, including semesters taken at other schools, before or after time spent at the university (i.e. if you transfer in as a junior, you will receive 4 semesters of institutional aid; or you attended St. Ambrose, left to attend another school, and then returned). This means that if you continue into a fifth year of classes, you will not be eligible for any institutional funds you may have received previously. (Institutional funds are those awarded by the university, not state, federal, or outside based scholarships or grants.)

Loans

All financial aid awards, including loans, are disbursed in two disbursements: one for the fall term and one for the spring term. If you are a first-time borrower, there is a 30-day hold on your first disbursement. Once the loan funds have been applied to your account and if you have awards in excess of your costs, you may receive a refund. Any other questions regarding your financial aid should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

Work Study

If you are receiving assistance under the work study program, you must understand that the amount shown on your award letter is the amount we expect you to earn during one academic year if you work all your allotted hours. Any additional earnings must be approved by your department supervisor and taken into consideration in your financial award package.

Endowed Scholarships

Part of the financial aid funds that St. Ambrose awards come from monies provided through the generous support of St. Ambrose University benefactors. Most endowed scholarships are meant to provide financial support for St. Ambrose University's academic and need based awards. Due to this, in some cases you may see a portion of your Academic Scholarship, for example, being replaced by a named endowed scholarship. The total dollar amount you receive between the two awards, however, will remain unchanged.

Recipients are chosen based on the criteria established by the donor, which include, but are not limited to: major, class rank, GPA, performance in a fine art, or residency. You may be contacted by the Advancement Office to write a thank you letter to the donor.

What happens if I withdraw or need to drop a class?

  • If you drop a class, it may affect the amount of aid you can receive. It is very important to visit your Financial Aid counselor if you are planning on dropping a class.
  • If you are going to withdraw completely from all your classes, your financial aid awards will be prorated according to the amount of time you were actually enrolled. It is possible that you may end up owing the University for a portion of your expenses incurred.
  • More information regarding this policy is available in the University catalog.
  • Please contact your Financial Aid counselor if you are considering dropping classes or withdrawing from the University.


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Nicole Pizzini, PhD, Chairperson

Criminal Justice and Sociology
McMullen Hall
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563-333-6156
PizziniNicoleJ@sau.edu

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