Criminal Justice Major

Students discuss the intersection of faith and criminal justice at Northwestern

The criminal justice major allows students to choose between two tracks:

  • Criminal justice
  • Law enforcement

The Criminal Justice program is now POST Certified (Police Officer Standards and Training) after receiving provisional approval by the board this past April. Students who complete coursework through University of Northwestern are now approved for the academic component of the Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE). 

This field needs Christians. It needs light brought into the many dark places, and Northwestern enables all students to do just that.

– Caleb Davis ’13

Learn from the experts

Take classes from experienced professors who are former or current practioners, which gives you the opportunity to build professional contacts and explore areas of interest in criminal justice.

Beyond the classroom, criminal justice students will be able to intern at a number of prestigious and well-known organizations.

The criminal justice internship class collaborates with federal, state, county and local agencies to provide hands-on training and experience. Check out the places our current, and former, students have interned.

See what UNW's Criminal Justice is really guilty of

The Criminal Justice program was featured in the Pilot magazine. See if there's enough evidence to convict it of excellence. 

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Students Speak

“I want to go into a profession that actively involves helping people solve their problems or resolve conflict in difficult issues. I plan to work in criminal corrections as a probation officer and be highly involved in my local church and in prison ministry.”

Andrew – Zumbrota, Minnesota

What classes will I take?

  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Criminal Law
  • Issues in Policing
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Race and Ethnicity in America

What can I do with this major?

  • Caseworker
  • Consultant
  • Corrections Officer
  • Court Reporter
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Global Intelligence
  • Internet Security
  • Investigator
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Legal Researcher
  • Private Investigator
  • Private Security
  • Probations & Parole Officer
  • Victim Advocate