St. John's provides a wealth of opportunities for students who
are pursuing criminal justice degrees. Organizations like the
University's Criminal Justice Association offer guidance concerning
career opportunities and job availability, through guest lectures,
seminars, on-site visits and opportunities to meet and speak with
practitioners in the field.
Hundreds of for-credit
internship opportunities are also available for eligible
juniors and seniors. These internships offer insight into the inner
workings of some of the world's top government agencies, while
allowing students to develop skills and gain experience that
greatly increase their marketability in today’s competitive job
Strengthening internship opportunities for Criminal Justice
majors is the aim of the department's Co-Op Education
Program. The program provides experience in professional
positions with select criminal justice agencies throughout
metropolitan New York.
Students majoring in Criminal Justice or Legal Studies at St.
John's can apply for the
NYPD Cadet Program. Available to students in their second year
at St. John's, the program — in partnership with the New York City
Police Department — offers extra tuition assistance, special
internships in police precincts throughout New York City and other
preparation for careers in the nation's premiere police
Students gain an academic and professional edge by joining the
Criminal Justice Association. One of more than 180
clubs and organizations at St. John's, the Criminal Justice
Association brings students into contact with the structures and
procedures of the criminal justice system. The Association acts as
an information center concerning career opportunities and job
availability. It sponsors guest lectures, seminars, on-site visits
and opportunities to meet and speak with practitioners in the
field. Membership is open to all students.
The Legal Society is a student organization
that enhances students' understanding of and access to the
legal profession. The Legal Society offers such student-organized
activities as guest speakers, publications and presentations by
alumni leaders in the law enforcement field. The Association
assists students in preparing for careers in the legal profession
throughout the greater New York area.
The College of Professional Studies offers membership in the
following honor societies:
- The College of Professional Studies Honor
Society: Recognizing undergraduates who demonstrate
academic excellence and involvement in campus, church or community
activities. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 credits
(30 in CPS) with an index of 3.5 for all coursework.
- Alpha Phi Sigma: The Alpha Epsilon Rho Chapter
of this criminal justice honor society, for students with a 3.2
overall index (including transfer credits) and a 3.2 index in the
Criminal Justice major.
- Lambda Epsilon Chi: Applicants to this
national Legal Studies honor society must major in Legal Studies
(A.S. or B.S. degree) with an overall index of 3.5 after completing
two-thirds of all course requirements for the degree.
All St. John's students benefit from the University's other
outstanding facilities and resources. Computer laboratories contain
sophisticated PC and Mac workstations with a full range of the
latest academic software packages and full access to the
University's award-winning network. In addition, all new students
receive their own wireless laptop computer.
High-tech classrooms and lecture halls feature sophisticated
multimedia equipment. Lounges and quiet study areas enhance the
research experience in our 1.7 million-volume University Library.
Students take advantage of St. John's location in dynamic New
York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to
employers and other professional and educational resources
throughout the New York area. Students make New York their
classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.
Students also benefit from St. John's focus on an international
academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad
courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer
semesters. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome,
Italy, campus and Paris,