The Seattle University Criminal Justice department offers you a wide variety of undergraduate degrees so that you can carve the career path of your choice. An interdisciplinary social science, we span across both the arts and sciences to provide you a deep understanding of the many facets involved with the study of crime and societal responses. Your studies in conceptual and empirical knowledge fosters sophisticated thinking, reflection and action that helps you become a leader in the field. Our curricula allow you the agency to drive your education as we provide you a strong academic foundation complemented with practical experience that prepares you for graduate study and a wide variety of careers within criminal justice.
No matter what aspect of criminal justice you decide to focus on, our low student-to-faculty ratio and many internship opportunities allow you to build a network of support both within the university and beyond. Through our internships, you can apply classroom learning to real-world situations so that, upon graduation, you can hit the ground running, taking on challenges and leadership roles effectively and successfully.
Our alumni carry the knowledge, critical thinking skills, values and ethical consciousness onto careers as responsible practitioners, managers, researchers and leaders in the criminal justice field. They continue within the Jesuit spirit of inquiry and innovation to drive the field forward and help create systems that respond to the needs of a complex society.
Governor Jay Inslee recently appointed Toshiko Grace Hasegawa as executive director of the Washington State Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs. Prior to this, she served as communications manager for King County’s Office of Law Enforcement Oversight, where she engaged diverse stakeholders in conversation around social justice issues related to policing. In 2016, Inslee appointed her to represent CAPAA upon the Statewide Task Force on Deadly Force in Community Policing.
Recognizing that crime and its prevention, response, and reparation are community concerns, we bring together researchers, academics, law enforcement personnel, judges, psychologists, sociologists, and others involved in the study of crime and the administration of justice. We also conduct public events, engage in service initiatives, and serve as a referral resource for individuals affected by crime.
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Criminal Justice Graduates
Elaine Gunnison, PhD
Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD
How fear, panic and group mentality impact criminal justice and our understanding of the world
The combination of case studies and “behind the scenes” contributions create a comprehensive look at insights gained from ethnographic research and choices researchers make.
SU Criminal Justice and the Seattle Police Department's ongoing collaboration to help local law enforcement and increase community engagement.
AP and UPI wire service stories included mention of a 2015 study by SU professors, including CJ faculty Peter Collins, Matthew Hickman.