Criminal Justice

About the Major

With a criminal justice major, you’ll get an in-depth look at the policies, procedures, and history behind the U.S. criminal justice system. The criminal justice major is part of the B.S.C.J. degree, which will give you an advanced understanding of the techniques used to protect citizens and the community. You’ll take an interdisciplinary mix of courses, such as criminological theory and policies, criminal law, policing, data analysis, courts, and corrections. Plus, you’ll have research opportunities with O’Neill faculty who are examining a wide range of issues, from drug treatments to prison populations, right here in the community (Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 2019).

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

Engaged Learning Experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes.  Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IUPUI’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

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, economics, labor studies, organizational leadership, public and environmental affairs, sport management, and tourism conventions, and event management.

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