BS in Criminal Justice
Criminal justice: More than a career in law enforcement
At many universities, criminal justice often equates to basic police courses. The Bachelor of Science with a major in criminal justice at Trine University offers you a combination of theory and practical experience that prepares you for multiple careers throughout the three sections in the criminal justice system, or for law school.
While many of our graduates have successful careers in law enforcement, there is more to explore.
The degree: Preparation for all careers and levels
The Bachelor of Science with a major in criminal justice program teaches criminal law, psychology and the academic base needed to pursue a career in criminal justice or law school. Our 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 offer criminal justice concentrations for criminal justice professional and psychology. These prepare you to start your career path right after graduation and move up the ranks quickly.
The experience: Learn from those working in the field
Our program is a mix of practical knowledge taught by current professionals in the field (lawyers, law enforcement officers - federal, state and local, corrections professionals and administrators) and theory.
The program also 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 that competes nationally.
The result: Knowledge and skills to succeed in law and enforcement
The criminal justice program provides you with:
- A broad base of knowledge about human behavior
- Knowledge in law, history, government and psychology to facilitate entry into advanced careers
- Experience in the day-to-day requirements of practitioners in their chosen fields through internships
- Understanding of ethical behavior patterns demanded in professional conduct
- Skills necessary for good citizenship