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While many colleges and universities offer "quick courses" in select areas of criminal
justice, such as basic police courses, our program teaches criminal law, psychology and the academic base needed to pursue a career in criminal justice or law school.
Our program is not a "Cop Shop" (courses focusing strictly on a career as an entry level police officer), nor is it strictly theoretically based.
Our program is a wonderful mix of practical knowledge taught by current professionals in the field (judges, lawyers, coroners, law enforcement officers, and administrators) and theory.
Our criminal justice major also has a strong psychology component. Trine currently is one of the only undergraduate programs in the U.S. to specialize in forensic and correctional psychology.
We also offer criminal justice concentrations for law enforcement, agency administration and psychology, all of which allow you to be prepared to start your career path right after after graduation and move up the ranks quickly.
Further, the criminal justice program has a strong student-to-student support system, the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA).
The ACJA has monthly meetings, where professionals in the field speak and recruit, a mentoring program for underclassmen, a yearly symposium, and a handgun competition team, which competes nationally and regionally.
Our program also requires you to complete an internship within your concentration.
These require you to perform a whole host of duties in an agency. Some choose to complete two internships, and many are offered employment while still in school or soon after they graduate.
This program is available at main campus and all Trine University Education Centers through the School of Professional Studies (SPS).