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


Pamela Cartor, Ph.D., Chair (website) (email)
William Curley, M.A.
Kathy Eigelbach, M.S.
Heather Pruss, Ph.D.

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Internship Requirements

An important component of the CJS program is a requirement that all majors complete two internships. These semester-long experiences allow students to step into career areas of interest and gain valuable professional knowledge and skills. Additionally, students make contacts useful for graduate school or employment in a criminal justice field. Some students have been hired by agencies with which they held an internship. Our majors have been placed with federal agencies, such as the FBI, Secret Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; with local and state police departments and prison systems; the offices of prosecutors and judges; and various social service agencies. A faculty coordinator helps students arrangement placements, and monitors each internship.

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Contact Us

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