Criminal Justice Studies

Our Mission

An interdisciplinary degree, the B.A. in Criminal Justice Studies offers a variety of courses that give the student a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and prepares them for leadership roles in this career area.

In addition to applied and experiential classes that provide practical and “hands-on” knowledge, selected humanities courses in philosophy, psychology, literature, and drama provide interpretations of issues involving crime and society that can only be found in a true liberal arts education. Faculty in the program have been selected because of their vast experience in the criminal justice field, from criminal profiling to police and correctional administration and law.

Careers in Criminal Justice

Learn more about the career opportunities available to Criminal Justice Majors here.


Pamela Cartor, Ph.D., Chair (website) (email)
Curt Bergstrand, Ph.D.
Matisa Wilbon, Ph.D.
Nancy Schrepf, Psy.D.
Ted Palmer, LLD
Greg Smith, M.A.
Steve Smith, M.A.
William Curley, M.A.

Read full faculty profiles.

Thespians, Inc.

Thespians, Inc.(Incarcerated) provides an artistic outlet for talented inmates to showcase their acting, singing, and playwriting abilities. The group operates on a semester basis in conjunction with Bellarmine University, producing two shows a year. In the fall, the group produces a holiday show to be performed in December. In the spring, the group produces a show centered around a theme of their choosing. All plays are original pieces written and performed by inmates of the Reformatory and Bellarmine University students. Performances include one-act plays, multiple act plays, humorous musical company numbers, as well as solo musical performances and narrative flashbacks. The shows are presented to the general inmate population with separate performances for special needs inmates. A final performance is presented for outside guests, families of inmates, and staff. The inmates involved are held to a high standard - they must attend all rehearsals and are removed from the group for incurring disciplinary action. Students enroll for this course on a semester by semester basis and are awarded three hours of internship credit.

In addition to playwriting, inmates in the program often produce original soundtracks for their productions. A recent show, Othella, is a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Othello in a modern urban setting.

Click here to listen to soundtracks from this production and for credits and track titles.

Study Abroad

Bellarmine offers a wide variety of study abroad options on 6 continents in over 50 countries and at over 150 partner campuses around the globe.

Contact Us

Criminal Justice Department
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205