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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on the political, social, and psychological aspects of crime and the criminal justice system. The study of Criminal Justice requires strong research and writing skills. Criminal Justice majors must analyze and synthesize data and effectively explain their conclusions to others. In addition to the research and writing involved in individual courses, each major completes a methodology sequence during the sophomore year and a research paper during the senior year. The Senior Research Paper is done under the direction of two faculty members in related areas of research.


  • An option or dual major with an emphasis in Forensics Science
  • Students participate in regional and national conferences
  • Students participate in the National Model United Nations in New York City and the global Model United Nations and help sponsor Ohio Northern's Model United Nations for high school students
  • Students participate in the regional and national Mock Trial competitions
  • The department hosts nationally recognized speakers
  • The department organizes field trips related to subject
  • Excellent study abroad and internship opportunities are available
  • Departmental orientation is designed to help each student maximize the opportunities afforded by the college experience
  • Specific departmental advisors for prelaw, study abroad, and internship programs
  • Department hosts an invitational mock trial tournament