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Department of Social Services

Holistic Approach to Career Preparation

Toder and guests

Dr. Harry Toder (far right) welcomed Native American speakers Bo and Cheryl Tipton to address his Diversity in Society class.  The Tiptons spoke to SCC students about the role Native Americans play in modern America, including the drive to assimilate them into the mainstream, sometimes to their detriment.







The Department of Social Services, through a combination of specialist and generalist courses, seeks to turn out professionals who will be able to flexibly adapt to the modern workplace, as well as be prepared for advanced, graduate studies.

The Criminal Justice B.A. program is multilayered, in the sense that it incorporates a range of classes from the most general, as in its core studies program, to the narrowly specific, which only a criminal justice professional might be concerned with.  In-between these offerings lay a range of classes which not only the criminal justice major, but also other related majors, might benefit from.  Examples of such classes include Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Diversity in Society, and Juvenile Delinquency.  The advantage to such a multilayered program is to give the criminal justice major the broadest possible perspective, bearing in mind the dynamic nature of the job market of today and the flexible skills that it demands.

The Criminal Justice program demands critical thinking skills on the part of its graduates.  The rationale for this is that the range of situations that the criminal justice professional has to face is ever increasing.   For example, more and more, criminal justice professionals have to deal with the mentally ill, as part of their work.  In addition, as media scrutiny of the criminal justice system continues to increase, the criminal justice professional must be an effective communicator, and not all communication can be “pre-packaged”, as it were.

Historically, criminal justice has been a profession steeped in tradition, with family members following other family members into the profession.  It is a mark of the growth of the profession that that aspect of it is beginning to change. The profession still values tradition but, at the same time, “new blood” with fresh ideas is also needed.  The Criminal Justice program at St. Catharine College, through its varied offerings, seeks to open the field up to such “new blood”. 

Finally, many criminal justice professionals use their training to enter other fields later on, such as politics and law.  Our program, through the flexible approach that it takes, accommodates this aspect of professional growth.  Job Enrichment for the Criminal Justice Professional, the capstone course, sets the stage for such professional growth.

Degree Offered

B.A. in Criminal Justice

Minor in Criminal Justice

Minor in Social Work

Minor in Sociology

Department Instructors

Harry A. Toder, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair

Landon Tingle, J.D., Adjunct Instructor

Frederick Armstrong, M.A., Adjunct Instructor

Marissa Castellanos, M.S.W., Adjunct Instructor

Megan Dickson, A.B.D, M.A., Adjunct Instructor