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With a high placement rate, the Criminal Justice major at Siena Heights is thriving. More and more jobs in the criminal justice field are being created. As our nation continues to fight terrorism, and keeping Americans safe, more law enforcement officers and criminal justice professionals are and will be needed.

FAST FACT: Students are required to complete an internship, but many opt for two internships.

  • About: Criminal Justice
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Internships
  • Career Opportunities

Siena’s program has many points of pride — an important one being professional faculty members with practical experience — as well as smaller class sizes and numerous individually tailored internship possibilities in and outside of the community, to mention just a few.

“Our entire faculty is made up of working professionals within the criminal justice field and all of them from the surrounding community. Each faculty member is equally well read and esteemed in their respective positions, so that they offer the students real world practice and the theory driving it and incredible mentors for our students,” said SHU Criminal Justice Program Director Elly Teunion-Smith. “This diverse and experienced professor team, in a small university setting, where one-on-one teaching is the norm, is not something that you will get at a larger university. Each professor is continuously vigilant of issues and contemporary topics that are passed on to our students, which will one day be a professional in the criminal justice field working beside us.”

Costello, Joseph A.

Costello, Joseph A.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Kleinow, Jonathon W.

Kleinow, Jonathon W.

Instructor of Criminal Justice517-264-7691
Teunion-Smith, Danielle M.

Teunion-Smith, Danielle M.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice517-264-7853

Learn more about Criminal Justice internships available.

Our students have completed successful internships with the Michigan State Police, Lenawee County Sheriff’s Department, Adrian City Police Department, Boysville, Maurice Spear Campus, Adrian Training School, Michigan Department of Corrections, Catholic Social Services, Adrian Fire Department, attorneys’ offices, adult and juvenile probation offices and courts.

Internships are also available outside of the local community and, in some cases, even outside of the state. For instance, we've had interns placed in the Phoenix Police Department, in Florida police departments, and the Federal Probation Office in Florida.

We will help you obtain the internship that best suits you, both in your career focus and your location.

Learn more about the Career options for those with a Criminal Justice degree.

When you graduate with a degree in Crimianl Justice you are well prepared to embark on a wide variety of career paths, such as:

  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Probation or parole officer
  • Federal officer (ATF, DEA, FBI, CIA, Secret Service, Capital Security, etc.)
  • Private Security
  • Police Officer
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Air Marshal
  • Court Clerk
  • Corrections Officer
  • Bailiff
  • Customs Agent
  • Paralegal
  • U.S. Coast Guard

Additional Info


  • Associate of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts


  • Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences


Meet Siena

Faculty & Staff

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Danielle Teunion-Smith, PhD

Director, Criminal Justice Program; Associate Professor of Criminal Justice; Chair, Behavorial and Social Sciences Division


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Matt Larson '07

Criminal Justice Graduate; Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Wayne State University
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.