In spring 2008, we welcomed the establishment of the student group, the Criminal Justice/Criminology Alliance (CJCA). It offers students a forum to discuss their degree-related interests, and fosters relationships among students in the program. The CJCA also helps those who want to participate in local civic events find like-minded peers, and connects them to St. Louis’ criminal justice community.
A Programmatic Partnership
St Louis County and Municipal Police Academy Partnership
The Criminal Justice/Criminology program maintains a programmatic partnership with the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy. Students who meet the entrance standards for the Academy and choose to pursue Academy training can use that experience to earn 13 hours of college credit toward completion of the major. Upon successful completion of this training program and the certification exam, students become fully certified as law enforcement officers. In addition to this, police officers that have completed course work at the CMPA or another Post certified Academy may enroll at Maryville as an undergraduate student of Criminal Justice/Criminology and will be awarded 13 credit hours upon successful completion of one full semester of course work.
Students who are interested in pursuing a law degree or other graduate degree may take advantage of the major’s senior seminar experience. Students choosing this path for their major have the opportunity to work more directly with a faculty member in the development of an independent research project. In the project the student explores in greater detail an area of interest in the student’s chosen field of study.
Consistent with the University’s mission, Maryville’s Criminal Justice/Criminology program offers an exceptional opportunity involving meaningful community work. In consultation with their faculty advisor, students select a practicum site from a variety of social and protective service agencies in both the public and private sectors. Recent sites where students have completed their practicum include:
- The City of Chesterfield Police Department
- Family Court of St. Louis City and St. Louis County
- Federal Bureau of Investigations, Summer Internship Program,
- State of Missouri, Department of Corrections, Board of Probation and Parole
- St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
- Victims of Crime Assistance Program
- St. Louis County Police Department
- United States Probation Office, Eastern District of Missouri
- St Louis Division-Missouri Division of Youth Services
- Town and Country Police Department
- United States Marshall’s Office, Eastern District of MIssouri
- St. Clair County Probation Services
- U.S. Air Force-Office of Special Investigation
- Mayor’s Office-St Louis City
- Secret Service
- St Louis County-Department Justice Services
- Creve Coeur Police Department
We offer the Criminal Justice/Criminology courses during the day and through Maryville’s Weekend and Evening College to meet the educational needs of traditional students as well as working adults.