AA Criminal Justice

University Campus

Get a jump-start on a career making your community a safer place. As a student in Saint Leo’s Criminal Justice program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of law enforcement, including investigation procedures and the court system.

Why choose Criminal Justice at Saint Leo?

Where else are you going to learn the latest techniques from faculty members who've served more than 25 years as crime scene investigators, local and federal agents, chief deputies, detectives and FBI advisors? Saint Leo professors are leading experts on all the skills you need to get your foot in the door: interrogation, non-verbal communication, hostage negotiation, and international sex and organ trafficking. And Saint Leo is an approved educational partner by the FBI National Academy Associates.

Ranked among the nation's most military-friendly institutions by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazines, Saint Leo University has been educating criminal justice professionals for more than three decades. In the Catholic spirit, we base our criminal justice model on a steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value and gifts of all people.

Some amazing classes you can take

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Substantive Criminal Law
  • Introduction to Homeland Defense
  • Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation

Professional development opportunities

  • Field placement: Earn your police standard certificate with training at the Pasco-Hernando Police Academy. Intern with the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs, Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. District Court and Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
  • Cold cases: Saint Leo is the only university in the world where you can help local law enforcement agencies identify suspects in 30-year-old unsolved homicide cases.
  • Hands-on learning: Testify and sit on a jury for a courtroom role-playing assignment. Stand in the death chamber of the Florida state prison. Examine fingerprints in a forensics lab.

What can you do with a degree in Criminal Justice?

Graduates pursue entry-level positions in law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities, government agencies, private security companies and other security-related jobs in the private and public sectors.

  • Corrections Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Security Guard
  • Coast Guard Officer
  • Bailiff
  • State Trooper
  • Paralegal
  • Victim Witness Assistant
  • Probation Officer

Where are Saint Leo Criminal Justice grads now?

  • Secret Service
  • FBI
  • Tampa Police Department
  • Atlanta Police Department

Student resources

View current Criminal Justice student resources.

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