Criminal Justice & Restorative Justice, B.S.
Be a catalyst for change as you step into the forefront of this exciting and meaningful field
USJ’s Bachelor of Science Program will prepare you with a solid foundation in Criminal Justice, along with expertise in Restorative Justice, a growing component of the field. Our innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum will prepare you for career success and the ability to make a difference in your community.
The University of Saint Joseph’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice/Restorative Justice prepares you for a fulfilling career protecting crime victims in diverse communities through restorative justice. Our program provides foundational training through comprehensive and innovative coursework and facilitates experiential learning through practical internships to lay the groundwork for advanced graduate study and a lifelong career of making a difference.
Our B.S. in Criminal Justice/Restorative Justice takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of crime and criminology. We believe that a holistic view of the context of crime is required before crime and criminal justice methods can be fully and effectively understood. Our curriculum includes courses in psychology, social research, and victimology, using the lens of restorative justice.
Restorative justice focuses on healing the injuries caused by both violent and nonviolent crime, taking into consideration the needs of crime victims and the needs of offenders, while still holding them responsible for their actions. This transformative approach also integrates the roles of communities and governments in solving the social problems that contribute to crime. Students study the underlying principles of accountability with a focus on victims and community, public policy, and specific crime prevention programs. At USJ, we take an innovative and forward-thinking approach to criminal justice; paving the way forward for the future of this evolving field.
All classes at USJ are taught by our expert faculty, who offer ample mentorship opportunities. Students are build on their education with practical internship experiences in Connecticut and the surrounding areas. Past internships have been conducted in the following locations:
- York Correctional Institute and other Department of Correction facilities
- Alternative high schools
- Hartford Police Department
- CT Juvenile Training Academy
- Community Partners in Action
- Adult & Child Probation (Judicial Branch)
- Community Court (Judicial Branch)
- Public Defender’s Office (Judicial Branch)
- Office of the Victim Advocate
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice/Restorative Justice prepares students for careers with a focus on restorative justice, working to defend crime victims and promote their rights and protections. This degree can open the door to a wide array of career opportunities, including positions as:
- Victim Rights Advocates
- School Resource Officers
- Youth Development Professionals
- Law Enforcement Professionals, including Probation Officers, Parole Officers, and Community Supervision Officers
- Re-entry Professionals
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities in the field of law enforcement are expected to grow by 7% from 2016 to 2026. As of May 2017, the average annual salary for police or other law enforcement officer nationwide was $62,960. Salaries can vary greatly depending on years of experience, position, and education level. Earning a bachelor’s degree can significantly increase your salary potential over the course of your career.
Lisa Kuntz, Ed.D