Criminology / Criminal Justice Program Features
Project Based Learning
Maryville’s Criminal Justice/Criminology program offers hands-on experience through a required practicum in the senior year at one of dozens of social and protective service agencies throughout the St. Louis region. Recently, Maryville students have excelled at numerous city, county and municipal police departments, the U.S. Marshall’s Office, Secret Service, Victims of Crime Assistance Program, Family Court of St. Louis City and St. Louis County and a summer internship at the FBI.
Maryville’s partnership with the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy means students who choose to pursue academy training can use that experience to earn 13 hours of college credit toward completion of the major.
Students interested in pursuing a law degree, or other graduate degree may take advantage of the program’s senior seminar experience. The student works one on one with a faculty member to develop an independent research project in their area of interest.
Recent graduates of Maryville’s Criminal Justice/Criminology program are employed by Missouri State Highway Patrol, Federal Probation and Parole, Missouri Office of Public Defender, Missouri Department of Youth Services, and numerous local police departments. Other graduates were accepted to both Saint Louis University and Washington University law schools and graduate programs at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville.
Maryville is proud to work with numerous corporate and civic organizations in St. Louis and beyond through partnerships created in support of our academic programs and student opportunities. The list of the University's partners is long, impressive, and ever expanding: Rawlings, Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools, Parkway School District, Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, RGA, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Maritz, just to name a few.
Our partners provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects, requiring them to hone market-ready skills even before they graduate. Students also experience a variety of work environments and develop a network of industry contacts through these partnerships, so Maryville graduates often have a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, many of our partners provide valuable internships—which can lead to full-time jobs with the firm or agency.