The Criminal Justice major is offered fully online as well as face to face, and provides students with a broad perspective on local, state, and national law enforcement and criminal justice systems. The program emphasizes the sociological underpinnings of the field of criminal justice, emphasizing the helping nature of these professions. Students become familiar with the appropriate roles and responsibilities of the criminal justice professional.

Concentrations Available to Criminal Justice Majors:

  • Corrections
  • Law Enforcement
  • Forensic Investigation
  • Natural Resource Management

Career Preparation

Students will learn to:

  1. Advocate for crime victims
  2. Investigate crimes
  3. Assist juveniles in the juvenile justice system
  4. Conduct social science research
  5. Evaluate ethical social issues
  6. Apply constitutional and criminal law in the justice system

Students may enter careers in law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, or private security, as well as graduate studies in criminal justice, sociology, law and other human service disciplines.

Potential Career Opportunities Include: 

  • Law
  • Probation
  • Justice Administration
  • Government
  • Youth Worker
  • Law Enforcement
  • Security
  • Parole
  • Corrections
  • Social Work
  • Human Services
  • Victim Witness Advocate
  • Game Warden
  • Corporate Compliance


Student Story

“I wanted to go into law enforcement because I really wanted to help people,” said Guderian. “I love the feeling that I get when I…when you can go out into the community and really make a difference in a person’s life.” -Officer Cara Gudarian, 2016 CJ Graduate

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Gail Belfert
Bryan Slavik