Criminal Justice

Department Location

Academic Building, HC Suite 219
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

Department Chair

James E. McCabe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Contact Us

Tel: 203-371-7941
Fax: 203-365-4892

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The Department of Criminal Justice offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, an Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, a Minor in Criminal Justice, as well as a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. Our full-time and affiliate faculty members are accessible and eager to help you as you progress through this program. I encourage you to take advantage of their knowledge and expertise. You may contact our faculty through their email addresses.

The Department of Criminal Justice at Sacred Heart University is committed to and supports the goals of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences. Specifically, the Department of Criminal Justice is committed to providing its students with the proficiency, flexibility and expertise to meet the needs of an ever-changing technological and culturally diverse society. Ethical issues and concerns pervade every aspect of the field of criminal justice. It is, therefore, incumbent upon the Department of Criminal Justice to provide its students with the ability to effectively deal with these issues utilizing the fundamental moral principles of Judeo-Christian tradition. This includes obtaining a thorough knowledge of the various components of the field of criminal justice and how they relate to our increasingly diverse society. Upon completion of the Baccalaureate degree, graduates will be prepared to pursue graduate work in criminal justice, enter law school or obtain positions within the ever-expanding field of criminal justice.

The Department of Criminal Justice Goals

  1. To provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the field of criminal justice.
  2. To develop within each student the ability to process and apply information.
  3. To provide students with an understanding of the need for ethics and leadership skills in the field of criminal justice.
  4. To give students an opportunity to test their knowledge through internships with criminal justice agencies.

Criminal Justice Programs

Undergraduate Programs

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Latest News

Sacred Heart University Expands Reduced Tuition Offer for Master's in Criminal Justice

November 23, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Sacred Heart University is rolling out a new benefit for police, correction, parole and probation officers throughout the tri-state area: a 50 percent tuition reduction for those who enroll in SHU's master's in criminal justice (MACJ) program. This offer is a sizable expansion from the University's previous policy, which was limited to the Fairfield Police Department. "We are excited to extend this benefit, which we hope will provide an incentive for more officers serving in the larger community to pursue their next level of education," said SHU President John J. Petillo.

SHU Offers Fairfield Police Half Off Tuition for Graduate Degrees

May 10, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Sacred Heart University recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Fairfield that provides its police officers an opportunity to obtain certain graduate degrees there at half the standard tuition cost.

CT Post: Criminal Justice Professor James McCabe quoted in "Sign of the times: fewer crimes in Danbury area"

October 4, 2015

An FBI report released last week shows that crime continues to decrease in the Danbury area, as it has across the state and country. In fact, one expert described the region’s recent experience as an “almost mirror image” of most American towns. “These are remarkably low numbers,” said James McCabe, chairman of Sacred Heart University’s criminal justice department. “Even in Danbury, the numbers are so small that a couple of extra crimes will change the overall rate, but there’s really nothing to worry about.”