About the Major

This major teaches you the causes and consequences of crime and delinquency. You will gain a sophisticated understanding of the operations of society’s system to contain crime and will develop a broad and layered understanding of the history, operations, and implications of criminal justice in America. You will be trained to address pressing societal needs related to law enforcement, the judicial system, corrections, and national security.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: communication, problem solving, investigation, and critical thinking skills.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • American policing
  • American criminal justice system
  • Crime and public policy
  • Criminal law
  • Criminal courts

Possible Careers

  • Court administrator
  • Federal law officer
  • Investigator*
  • Police officer*
  • Detective*
  • Private security officer
  • Probation officer

*These career options require additional training or education.

Where could I work?

  • Indiana Department of Corrections
  • Indiana State Police
  • Federal law enforcement agencies
  • Local law enforcement
  • Re-entry facilities 

Enterprise, Policy, and Planning Cluster

This major is part of the Enterprise, Policy, and Planning (EPP) cluster. The EPP cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing or interested in business; philanthropic studies; public and environmental affairs; sports management; and tourism, conventions, and event management.

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