Drug crimes, mental health needs and human trafficking; all of these social and criminal justice issues are major topics not only within the field of criminal justice, but within our country. As the country re-examines these topics in criminal justice, and many others, students with a comprehensive knowledge of the criminal justice systems and the laws pertaining to them will become more valuable. Criminal justice is the application or study of laws regarding criminal behavior. Those who study criminal justice include the police, corrections/probation & parole, work with juveniles, work in a judiciary capacity, and work in the federal or state corrections system. Others work to advocate for changes in the current system of criminal justice, such as those who render decisions regarding current laws, like members of Supreme Courts.
Courses & Concentrations
Degree in Criminal Justice
Our criminal justice program is almost entirely made up of courses related to your degree. Some coursework includes criminal law and the Constitution, forensic science, criminal evidence, minorities and criminal justice, corrections/probation & parole, juveniles, criminology and victimology. In addition, some coursework in sociology is required.
Minor in Criminal Justice
A minor in criminal justice is a valuable asset for students who do not major in criminal justice, but wish to enter law school, desire to counsel children, or to counsel within the prison system. This is a great supplemental minor for those majoring in sociology or psychology, or to have as a second minor along with forensic science. You will study criminal procedures, law, and judicial process, amongst other topics, giving you a comprehensive understanding of criminal justice.