Bachelor of Arts/Science in Criminal Justice
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.
- Our faculty have first-hand experience with criminal justice and wrongful conviction. We are home to the Center for Justice and Post-Exoneration Assistance, a center focused on identifying and eradicating miscarriages of justice and providing support to those who have suffered from a wrongful conviction.
- You will become equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for careers in criminal justice and related fields.
- Our program includes courses on a wide variety of subjects including those from psychology, political science and forensic science.
- Degree options include a 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.
You can currently complete this degree at PNW’s Hammond campus.
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
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.
In addition to the scholarships available to all PNW applicants, students seeking a banking concentration may also apply for program-specific scholarship awards, such as:
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
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
Professor of Criminal Justice
Nicky Jackson serves as coordinator of the criminal justice program and is a professor of criminal justice. She serves as Executive Director for the Center for Justice and Post-Exoneration Assistance (CJPA) at Purdue Northwest.
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 Criminal Justice
Omeed Ilchi is an assistant professor of criminal justice in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. His primary research and teaching interests are policing, corrections and criminological theory.