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Criminal Justice

  • Available as major (B.S. degree) and minor

    Do you have a strong desire to help keep our country and its citizens safe? Do you respect our law enforcement system? Do you want justice for those who have been wronged and for those who have committed the wrongs? Then our criminal justice major is your next step to a career.

  • We are in the business of developing public servants who understand what it means to represent Jesus Christ through the work they do. At Olivet, you will receive excellent preparation for your career in law enforcement, probation, the courts or corrections.

    With a Christian liberal arts focus, this interdisciplinary major provides you with many opportunities to study law, psychology, sociology, public administration and much more. Explore every aspect of crime, the law and the justice system as you complete your degree.

    At Olivet, you can:  

    • Study with and learn from faculty members experienced in law and law enforcement.
    • Develop your leadership and physical fitness skills through our Military Science minor.
    • Work with scientists in our science labs.
    • Take our criminalistics course and do investigative type work, including blood splatter, finger printing, ballistics evaluations and more.
    • Participate in campus debates on current events and hot-button topics. 
    • Learn more about the psychology behind criminal behavior and the way law enforcement agencies operate.
    • Study Spanish with professors who are first-language speakers.
    • Visit and volunteer in a variety of community, legal and police environments. 
    • Gain hands-on experience in mock crime scene and mock trial exercises.
    • And so much more!

    Putting knowledge to work

    Complete a 270-hour field placement in one of four criminal justice fields: police, probation, corrections, or law. You have the option of completing a second 270-hour field placement to enhance your skills and gain more experience.

    Find out what it’s really like to serve in law enforcement. Do ride-alongs with police officers. Visit prisons and jails. Participate in community disaster drills.

    Olivet’s Roaring Tiger Battalion at nearby Fortin Villa provides leadership and management training through the Army ROTC program. Acquire the self-discipline and confidence you need for a criminal justice career.

    Travel to Washington, D.C., with a group of students and professors. See how our government and social service agencies function. Attend special events. Meet leaders and alumni who are making a difference for Christ.


    Are you: 

    • thinking about becoming a police officer, corrections officer, probation officer, FBI or Secret Service agent?
    • considering law school and want the criminal justice background?
    • interested in preparing for additional education to obtain your CSI certification?
    • a strong communicator?
    • strong in problem solving?
    • interested in people?
    • a hard worker?
    • a person who wants to protect and make life better for others?

    then consider a career in criminal justice.

    There is a growing need for bilingual professionals in this field. Spanish is the most common second language that will boost your job opportunities.

    You don't have to wear a gun or arrest criminals to work in the field of criminal justice. Combine interviewing skills with spreadsheet analysis expertise to do research. Educate the public about crime. Build relationships with the citizens of local neighborhoods and mobilize the public to help fight crime. Advocate for legislation to help keep dangerous repeat offenders off the streets. Gather and analyze information to solve criminal justice problems.

    Possible careers include: Police officer, corrections officer, probation officer, court officer, residential facilities staff, private investigator, security officer, lawyer, FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) agent, Secret Service agent, DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) special agent, ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) special agent, crime scene investigator, air marshal, paralegal, computer security specialist, juvenile court supervisor, policy researcher, detective, criminal investigator, special agent, game warden, sheriff, deputy sheriff, highway patrol officer, marshal, border patrol agent, immigration inspector, customs inspector, internal revenue agent, crime lab technician, patrol officer, detention officer, transportation security agent, homeland security agent

    Possible employers include: Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies; law firms; court system; corrections facilities; human rights organization

    Alumni careers include: Police officer, military officer, security officer, public safety officer, secret service agent

    Criminal Justice is part of the Department of Social Work and Criminal Justice within the School of Professional Studies. 

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  • Gain practical experience for a successful career in criminal justice.

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