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Criminal Justice

What is Criminal Justice?

Welcome to our Criminal Justice Library Guide!

Learn about researching criminal justice and it's

subcategories in the library and on the web.


This guide will help you find:

  • Books/eBooks

  • Journals and articles

  • Reference materials

  • Online resources




What is Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice studies focus on the analysis of crime as a social phenomenon, potential causes of crime, criminology, and other aspects of crime.

According to Brittanica, Criminal Justice studies can also include interdisciplinary academic study of the police, criminal courts, correctional institutions (e.g., prisons), and juvenile justice agencies, as well as of the agents who operate within these institutions. 

Criminal Justice Studies @SFC

At St. Francis College, those interested in the study of Criminal Justice can take courses within the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. Their mission is to provide our students with the knowledge, confidence and motivation to think deeply about social issues in modern society. We seek to instill an intellectual curiosity in our students for lifelong learning and an appreciation for objectivity, application of the scientific method, and critical thinking.

Some examples of related courses offered are:

  • Wrongful Convictions
  • Prisons and Prisoners in America
  • Problems of Urban Law Enforcement
  • Media, Crime, and Criminal Justice
  • Victimology
  • Cultural Criminology
  • Crime, Justice, and American Fiction
  • Sex Crimes and American Justice
  • Post-War Social Movements