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Justice & Mercy

Seton Hill's Criminal Justice Program is one of the only undergraduate programs in the country with a focus on restorative justice and evidence-based practice. As budgets are tightening, prisons are closing and communities are reexamining their criminal justice practices, restorative justice and evidence-based practice are emerging as critical to the future of the field. 

You can earn your criminal justice degree at Seton Hill through the traditional undergraduate program or through the Adult Degree Program, with courses and scheduling designed just for busy adults. 

Restorative justice focuses on repairing the harm that was done as a result of a crime or delinquent act. Instead of the state simply punishing an offender, the offender is held directly accountable to the victim and the larger community and is themselves healed or repaired as a part of the justice process. 

In Pennsylvania a "Balanced and Restorative Justice" approach is written into the juvenile code, and includes three goals that must remain in balance: 

  1. Holding offenders accountable to victims and the community.
  2. Providing competency development for offenders.
  3. Ensuring community safety.

A degree in criminal justice from Seton Hill will prepare you to work in any of the traditional fields of criminal justice as well as restorative justice and other evidence-based programs (such as victim offender mediation and juvenile probation in the state of Pennsylvania).

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"The professors put forth more work than they truly need to in order for their students to succeed. CJ will give you a different perspective on the world that we live in and how we are gaining the tools to go out and change it." 

 - Brian Soles, Criminal Justice Major, Class of 2014