Criminal & Social Justice Program


  • Forensics
  • Languages & Cultural Diversity
  • Leadership (for law enforcement officers)
  • Politics and Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Work


Program Objectives

The Criminal & Social Justice major at the University of St. Francis offers students an
exciting alternative to a traditional criminal justice program by offering the opportunity to build a concentration in one of several specializations.

Writing skills, ethics and integrity, service and social justice are emphasized to prepare students for a profession where these traits and skills are in high demand.
The Criminal & Social Justice major educates students in the structure and process of
the criminal justice system with a holistic Catholic Franciscan social justice perspective.


This program seeks to:

  • Provide students with a broad liberal arts foundation challenged by Franciscan values
    and char-ism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion, and
  • Provide a social justice perspective on criminal justice through the exploration and
    understanding of societal issues that lead to criminal behavior.
  • Teach students theoretical and practical knowledge of the structures, processes, and
    functions of the criminal justice institutions and their relationship to other social systems.
  • Provide students the opportunity to explore an area of Criminal & Social Justice in depth through concentration options.


Incorporate the following skills and attitudes into the curriculum as identified by law
enforcement professionals:

  • Ethics and integrity
  • Cultural diversity and tolerance
  • Public service and community leadership
  • Interpersonal communication and conflict resolution
  • Strong writing skills
  • Provide students with the opportunity for experiential learning including service
    learning, internships, and research.
  • Prepare students to contribute to society through service and leadership as criminal and social justice professionals.
  • Graduate students who have an awareness and appreciation of diversity including differences and similarities of culture, race, ethics, norms and values.


Employment Opportunities

Employment projections for national, state and county levels are higher than average in many criminal justice occupations.


Meet your Faculty

Yvonne Isom
Assistant Professor
Criminal & Social Justice Major
Department of History, Political Science & Criminal and Social Justice