BA Criminal Justice / Criminalistics

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Do you have what it takes to solve the crime? Saint Leo's Criminal Justice - Criminalistics Specialization trains you in crime scene investigation and forensic science. Crime scene analysts process evidence—like DNA, fingerprints and bullets—in a forensics lab to help identify suspects and reconstruct the events of a crime.

Why choose Criminal Justice - Criminalistics at Saint Leo?

Learn the latest techniques from faculty members who've served as real-life crime scene investigators. At Saint Leo, you'll develop expert knowledge on crime scene processing, fingerprint analysis, evidence preservation and blood stain interpretation, while building job-ready skills in scientific writing and courtroom testimony.

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. An approved educational partner by the FBI National Academy Associates, we base our criminal justice model on a steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value and gifts of all people.

Saint Leo also offers a B.A. Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Specialization    and a B.A. Criminal Justice with no specialization, as well as graduate-level Criminal Justice degrees.

Some amazing classes you can take

  • Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation
  • Forensic Science and Criminal Justice
  • Evidence Collection and Preservation
  • Bodily Fluids as Evidence
  • Scientific Writing and Courtroom Testimony

Professional development opportunities

  • Field placement: Earn your police standard certificate with training at the Pasco-Hernando Police Academy. Intern with agencies such as 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.
  • Co-curricular activities: Become an active member of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society.

What can you do with a degree in Criminal Justice - Criminalistics?

Graduates rapidly advance in the criminal justice system and pursue graduate study in criminal justice administration and related fields.

  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Forensic Engineer
  • Medical Examiner
  • Criminalist
  • Forensic Documents Examiner
  • Forensic Toxicologist
  • Digital Forensic Examiner

Where are Saint Leo Criminal Justice grads now?

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

Student resources

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