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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Major

The Criminal Justice Major provides an overview of the criminal justice system including its three basic components: the police, the courts, and corrections. Criminological theory and research examine criminal behavior and crime causation.

The combination of criminal justice coursework and hands-on learning through internships prepares students for careers in law enforcement, the law, or corrections; or to pursue graduate and professional education.

Students completing a major in criminal justice will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the criminal justice system including core components of the police, the courts, and corrections.
  • Understand crime and criminal behavior by examining criminological theories of crime causation.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills by analyzing and discussing criminal justice issues.
  • Connect substantive areas of academic coursework to real-life application in a criminal justice field.

This program includes:

  • Hands-on experiential learning
  • Internships with community organizations and businesses
  • Student-faculty research projects
  • Developing critical thinking and communication skills
  • Building relationships within the field and community at large
  • Applying a unique understanding of criminal justice

Criminal Justice Major

Students must complete all requirements, support courses in the Criminal Justice major.

Complete all of the following:

  • CJ 101 Careers in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 231 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 260 Criminal Law and Individual Rights
  • CJ 307 Criminology
  • CJ 316 Introduction to Corrections
  • CJ 347 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 350 Constitutional Law
  • CJ 355 Law Enforcement
  • CJ 416 Crime and Punishment
  • CJ 420 Global Issues
  • CJ 498 Internship
  • Electives in Criminal Justice

Complete all of the following:

  • COMM 147 Introduction to Public Speaking
  • MATH 171 Elementary Statistics or MATH 102 Math for Life
  • GOV 305 Current Issues in Government
  • WS 300 Global Issues or CJ 420 Global Issues in Criminal Justice

Complete one (1) of the following:

  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • PSYC 131 General Psychology
  • PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology

Career Opportunities in Criminal Justice

Depending on your chosen concentration here is a list of potential career avenues.

Opportunities with Undergraduate Degree

  • Parole Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Juvenile Court Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Court Administrator
  • Law Enforcement
  • FBI/DEA
  • Border Patrol
  • Probation and Parole (Adult and Juvenile)
  • Juvenile Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Domestic Violence Advocate
  • Prevention Specialist
  • Victim Witness Coordinator

  • Training and Resource Development Specialist
  • Homeland Security
  • Emergency Management

Opportunities with Graduate Degree:

  • Attorney
  • Judge
  • Arbitrator or Mediator
  • Crime Analyst
  • Detective
  • Public Safety Administration
  • Cyber Security
  • Corrections Warden

Career Outcomes

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GET INVOLVED

Criminal Justice Club

Criminal Justice Club

The Criminal Justice Society was created to provide better insight into possible Criminal Justice career paths.

Pre-Law Club

Pre-Law Club

Provides students with assistance in the law school process, form LSAT study groups, & connect with peers.

IW Hands Club

IW Hands Club

The IW Hands Service Club focuses on service-learning and living the Iowa Wesleyan motto of being tenacious, inspired, global, engaged, and respectful.

WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING. . .

Meet The Professors

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Science Hall; Room 105
319-385-6390

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