Academics

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

We’ve got some of the best faculty, I think, that Siena Heights offers. They practice and teach it. I think it’s real important that we bring experience into it.
Danielle "Elly" Teunion-Smith ’89
SHU Professor of Criminal Justice; former Michigan State Police Trooper
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  • About: Criminal Justice
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Internships
  • Career Opportunities
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.

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.”

NOTE: Criminal justice courses will discontinued on the Jackson College campus after the Winter 2018 semester. 

BACHELOR OF ARTS

AT A GLANCE

With the push for community policing, alternative corrections with Michigan Prisoner Reentry, individual accountability, higher educational standards, and sought-after innovative policing strategies with less personnel, now is the time to get a criminal justice degree and find your job in Criminal Justice.
Course Type
Required Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED
Required Credit Hours 36Credit Hours
Course Type COGNATE
Required Credit Hours 18Credit Hours
Course Type LIBERAL ARTS
Required Credit Hours 3437Credit Hours
Course Type ELECTIVE
Required Credit Hours 2932Credit Hours
Total for major
117123Credit Hours
Course Name
Course Type
Credit Hours
Course Name Contemporary Issues in Crim Just
Course Type
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Courtroom Demeanor/Techniques
Course Type
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Criminal Law
Course Type
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Criminology
Course Type
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Internship/CO-OP Work Program
Course Type
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Introduction to Corrections
Course Type
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Introduction to Criminal Justice
Course Type
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Junior Seminar
Course Type
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Juvenile Justice
Course Type
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Law Enforcement/Comm Relations
Course Type
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Rpt Writ for Crim Just Profess
Course Type
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Senior Seminar
Course Type
Credit Hours 3
Course Name American Democracy
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Conflict Resolution
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Cultural Anthropology
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Introduction to Psychology
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Introduction to Sociology
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Research in Social Sciences
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Soc Perspective/Race & Ethnicity
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Social Justice/Local-Global Cont
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
Instructor of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
517-264-7691
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice
Adrian
517-264-7853

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

Degree:

  • Associate of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts

Division:

  • Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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