College of Arts & Sciences Criminal Justice


Our program emphasizes the key components of police, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice in the criminal justice processes of our local, state, and federal governments. We provide an interdisciplinary study of crime and justice in our society.

Beyond the basic required courses, students can pursue advanced courses in many areas, including the historical, international, social science, and legal facets of criminal justice studies.

Our Program has Four Major Objectives:
  1. To provide qualified personnel for all segments of the criminal justice system, as well as many related agencies of government.
  2. To improve the competencies and professional status of existing criminal justice personnel, as well as provide research and educational assistance to criminal justice agencies.
  3. To build a foundation for responsible citizenship by creating a better public understanding of the criminal justice system wherein the great questions of the relationship of the individual to the state are most intensely presented.
  4. To provide a sound basic education in criminal justice for graduates who choose to pursue master, doctoral, and law degrees after graduation.

We Offer:

As a criminal justice major, you will receive a checklist to plan your entire four years with your advisor to fashion the most appropriate education for yourself. See Course Descriptions from our Undergraduate Catalog for more information.

You also have the option to Double Major in Criminal Justice with another discipline.

View the Four Year Program Guide