This program provides you with a general understanding of the nature of crime and includes an analysis of the entire criminal justice system and its relationship with other institutions in society. Through this program, you will develop problem-solving abilities and organizational skills to face problems confronting our society such as community and police relations, urban crime, and issues involving correctional facilities.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is designed to study the origins, nature, and causes of norm violating behavior as well as societal reactions to this behavior. The study of criminal justice begins with a study of the entire criminal justice system and its interrelation with society. Advanced study inquires into the political, organizational, social, and behavioral aspects of various components of the criminal justice system. Research courses give students the tools to analyze criminal justice and the skills important for career development. Legal courses provide an awareness of the values of due process and the limits of government power in a democratic society.

Criminal justice is multidisciplinary, drawing on broad fields of knowledge, including law, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences. Indiana University Southeast offers a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Social Sciences and Indiana University School for Public and Environmental Affairs.

A major in criminal justice provides an excellent liberal arts background for a wide variety of career fields. Career opportunities in criminal justice include police agencies, prosecutors, defense attorneys, courts, and correctional agencies. Other specialized roles in criminal justice include juvenile probation officers, volunteer administrators, criminologists, forensic scientists, forensic psychologists, medical examiners, and policy analysts. Many criminal justice majors choose to continue their education in law school or graduate school.

Special Features

As a Criminal Justice student, you will have the opportunity to experience small class sizes with experienced faculty members. Class projects and internship opportunities will also enable you to observe the criminal justice system in action.

Sample Degree Checksheet

Here is a sample degree checksheet for a Bachelor of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice.

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