FIGHT CRIME, PROTECT SOCIETY
As a criminal justice major, you’ll take challenging courses in corrections, policing, the courts and juvenile justice as well as courses in related fields like psychology, sociology, political science, statistics and research methods. Many of these courses include strong research and writing components. You’ll also build teamwork, communication, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills with hands-on experience in the field.
Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. Our criminal justice majors can take an “Inside-Out” course taught at a local prison (see above photo), where they learn alongside inmates. They mentor juvenile offenders and intern with local and national law enforcement agencies. They work with national datasets and lead student organizations.
Here, you won’t get lost in the crowd. You’ll be part of a close-knit family. You’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your classmates. Our dedicated professors will get to know you. They will support you in your coursework, research, internships, and post-graduate or career preparations. They will become personally invested in your success and open doors for you.
Upon graduation, you’ll be ready for whatever the future holds – whether it’s attending law school, rehabilitating criminal offenders, fighting terrorism or eventually working for the FBI. The field is truly wide open!
A BRIGHTER FUTURE
Change a life for the better. ONU students and professors play a vital role in “Reclaiming Futures” – a model program for juvenile justice in nearby Kenton, Ohio. Instead of giving up on teenage offenders, Reclaiming Futures helps them to graduate from high school while rebuilding family relationships, conquering drug and alcohol addictions, and receiving mental health treatment. As a criminal justice major, you could help to support this innovative program by collecting and reporting data, serving an internship with the parole officers or sheriffs, or mentoring juvenile offenders.
As a criminal justice major, you’ll need to complete at least one internship. But some students complete more than one to gain experience and build their résumés. We’ll help you land strategic internships geared toward your future. Our criminal justice students intern locally and nationally. Recent students have completed internships at the Ohio Field Office of the Secret Service and Ohio Homeland Security.
LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS
The professors you’ll study with at ONU are top-notch. And, you won’t just encounter them in a large lecture hall. You’ll work alongside them and get to know them personally. Our faculty members include an expert on corruption in international customs. Also, a leading expert on criminal deviance and the Internet who co-authors published articles and book chapters with undergraduate students.
JAYCE BORN BA WITH A MAJOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
“Criminal justice is a diverse major that leads to many opportunities and experiences. ONU professors work with you to help you find your passion, and criminal justice is a great jumping point to make that discovery. Every day is different when you work in law. Every day, you face a new problem, and at any moment the law can change. It keeps you on your toes, and I love that.”
Jayce Born had always been interested in behavioral science. But she arrived at ONU unsure about a future career direction. She majored in criminal justice and psychology – and it ended up being a perfect fit. At ONU, Jayce played varsity and club volleyball; served on the President’s Club – a position that enabled her to travel to California to meet with ONU alumni; was president of Phi Alpha Delta, a pre-law student organization; and was a Good News Bear. Today, she’s a second-year law student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and she’s working for U.S. District Judge Gregory Frost. After completing law school and passing the bar, she plans to work in cybersecurity or mental health law.
OUTCOMES AND COURSES
- In the past three years, 82 percent of the graduates in psychology, sociology and criminal justice were in full-time employment or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
- Every year, several criminal justice students co-author papers or present research findings at academic conferences.
- Our criminal justice graduates get accepted into respected graduate schools and law schools such as the University of Indiana Bloomington (Law); Valparaiso University (Law); and the University of Delaware (master’s in criminology)
You’ll need 120 credit hours to earn a BA with a major in criminal justice. We encourage you to use your elective hours to add a second major or minor to develop skills that will make you more attractive to potential employers.
As a criminal justice major, foundation courses in policing, corrections, and the courts are complemented by courses like:
- Juvenile Justice
- Transnational Crime
- Criminal Behavior
- Comparative Criminal Justice
- Serial Killers
WHERE WILL YOU END UP?
- Border patrol officer
- Child support agent
- Customs agent
- Deportation officer
- Drug enforcement agent
- Director of corrections facility
- FBI agent
- Juvenile court counselor
- Secret service agent
- U.S. customs agent
- U.S Marshal
Check out where some of our recent criminal justice graduates have ended up: probation officer at Marion County Adult Probation in Marion, Ohio; associate attorney at Hackenberg, Beutler, Rasmussen & Feighner Law Office in Findlay, Ohio; background investigator at Employee Screen IQ.
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