Mercyhurst University

Criminal Justice Bachelor of Arts

Advocating for social justice, deterring criminal activity, or arguing someone’s defense — what you do with your bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is up to you! Graduates of this program have found careers in activism, law enforcement, law and the courts, and probation/parole centers. This major provides a broad overview of the criminal justice system, from necessary historical background to the legal and sociological perspectives. For a more focused perspective on the criminal justice system, majors are required to select a concentration: law enforcement, pre-law, juvenile justice, corrections, or criminology. Highly qualified students who want to pursue a graduate degree may want to consider our 4+1 program in criminal justice and criminal justice administration, which leads to a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just five years. 



Alicia found a way to combine service with her major of criminal justice to make a difference in a child's life.

Student Awards

Holly Donlin-Smith (pictured on right) Penfield, NY Recipient of the National Technical Investigators’ Association (NATIA) Captain James J. Regan Memorial Scholarship.

Our Alumni

Three-time Gold Medalist, Meghan Agosta talks about being a Criminal Justice major at Mercyhurst.

Meet the Faculty

Maria L Garase, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Associate Professor
EmmaLeigh Kirchner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
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Frank Hagan
Frank Hagan, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
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Pete Benekos, Ph.D.
Pete Benekos, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Adam Saeler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
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Tina Fryling
Tina Fryling, M.S., J.D.
Associate Professor
Michael Sliker, M.S.
Instructor of Criminal Justice