Bachelor of Arts/Science in Criminal Justice
Program Starts Fall 2021!
In the criminal justice program, you will study the nature, extent, causes and consequences of crime, as well as the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the courts and corrections. You will also gain an understanding of other responses to crime, such as reform and victim advocacy.
You will become equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for careers in criminal justice and related fields. The program includes courses on a wide variety of subjects including those from psychology, political science and forensic science.
Degree options include the the B.A. (requiring 12 hours of modern language) or B.S. (requiring 12 hours of science, math and reasoning).
Embark on a study of crime and victimization, the criminal justice system and other responses to crime. You’ll take foundational courses on the criminal justice system and then upper division courses such as criminology, victimology and a variety of elective courses. You’ll also complete a field experience in your final year of study.
Begin with a first-year experience course specifically for behavioral science majors and receive an overview of the criminal justice system.
- BHS 10300 – First-Year Experience in Behavioral Sciences
- CRJU 15000 – Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
Explore the fields of law enforcement, courts and corrections, as well as the discipline of criminology.
- CRJU 23000 – Introduction to Law Enforcement
- CRJU 24000 – Introduction to Corrections
- SOC 32400 – Criminology
Complete your 3000-level sociology requirements and expand your knowledge through victimology, an upper-level justice system course plus elective courses.
- CRJU 30700 – Victimology
- SOC 31000 – Racial and Ethnic Diversity
- CRJU 32000 – Murder in America
Complete the field experience and ethics courses, as well as any remaining electives or requirements to complete your degree.
- CRJU 44300 – Field Experience in Criminal Justice
- SOC 42100 – Juvenile Delinquency
- SOC 45300 – Intimate Violence
Our criminal justice field-experience course lets you complete an internship at an agency site, building valuable hands-on skills! Throughout your course of study, you will interact with professionals who can later serve as references as you explore career options and learn position requirements.
The criminal justice program at PNW will prepare you to be a transformative leader in your community. Graduates will be equipped with knowledge and skills to impact the world positively through personal, professional and civic engagement.
You’ll be prepared to pursue opportunities in:
- Criminal Justice System
- Social Services
- Graduate or Law School
Our graduates are employed in a number of fields, including:
- Law Enforcement Agencies
- Social Service Agencies
- Correctional Agencies
Beyond The Classroom
You’ll find plenty of opportunities to connect with faculty and peers in extracurricular activities, such as:
- Criminal Justice Club
- Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society
- Midwestern Criminal Justice Association
Know that PNW offers professors that really want to have an impact and make that connection with their students.
Right now, I’m majoring in sociology with a focus in criminal justice, but this fall, when they offer the criminal justice degree path, I'm going to be transferring to that.
It’s crazy how much knowledge I can apply from the classroom to my job at the police department. Dr. Jackson has been an incredible teacher.
Meet the Faculty
Coordinator, Criminal Justice program
Nicky Jackson serves as coordinator of the criminal justice program and is an associate professor of criminal justice. She is also the faculty advisor to the student PNW Criminal Justice Club.
Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences
Mike Johnson is chair of the department of Behavioral Sciences. His scholarly expertise is in criminology and criminal justice. He joined PNW in 2019.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Cezara Crisan is currently assistant professor of sociology in the department of Behavioral Sciences. Her areas of expertise include immigration studies, the sociology of religion and gender.