The Indiana University Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice degree will provide you with a broad and layered understanding of the history, operations, and implications of criminal justice in America.
The U.S. criminal justice system is designed to enforce defined standards of conduct designed to protect the rights of individual citizens and groups of citizens. The term “criminal justice” is used to describe the policies, procedures, and practices that federal, state, and municipal governments use to uphold legal codes and laws, ensure public safety, deter and mitigate crime, penalize those who violate laws, and rehabilitate offenders. It also aims to reduce crime, deliver justice to victims of crimes, and maintain public confidence that the system protects law-abiding citizens.
As a criminal justice student, you will study, explore, and research important societal needs related to law enforcement, the judicial system, corrections, and national security. You will complete classes on research methods, criminological theory and policy, criminal law, courts, corrections, and policing. You may also study cutting-edge topics related to homicide, terrorism, juvenile justice, and cybercrime.
Earning a Criminal Justice Degree
You can complete a substantial portion of the general education and prerequisite course requirements for the BS in criminal justice degree at IUPUC, including some courses in the major. You will transfer to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), however, to complete remaining courses and program requirements.
As you begin the criminal justice degree at IUPUC, you will work closely with an academic advisor to develop a personal plan of study, identifying appropriate courses that can be completed at IUPUC and developing a timeline for transferring to IUPUI. You must be in good academic standing at IUPUC to transfer to IUPUI or another IU campus.
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Upon graduation from this program, you will be prepared to pursue careers such as:
- Federal law enforcement (FBI, DEA, ATF, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Marshal)
- Police officer or detective
- Juvenile or adult probation officer
- Court or law office administrator
- Private investigator or security officer
- Crime scene or lab technician
- Victim’s advocate
- Parole officer
You will also have the foundation needed to pursue a master’s or PhD degree in law, public affairs, or related areas.