Criminal Justice

Address today’s complex Criminal Justice issues

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 the entire general education and course requirements for the BS in criminal justice degree at IUPUC.


Career Options

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

Criminal Justice Minor

A Criminal Justice minor is a detailed examination of the American criminal justice system.  Great for students in social work, education, business, sociology, psychology and political science.

To declare a minor in Criminal Justice, please review the course requirements and:

  • Download and complete an application form and return to Vicki Kruse in CC room 162.
  • The completed application should be submitted when you are enrolled in your final Criminal Justice class but before you graduate. 

Cadet Officer Program

The Cadet Officer Program allows full-time Indiana University students to work in the criminal justice system and with a law enforcement agency while pursuing their degree. Students join the IUPD at IUPUC and receive pay, training, basic uniforms and equipment, and assist full-time officers with patrol operations at IUPUC. In the summer, cadets attend the Indiana University Police Academy and return to IUPUC a fully sworn police officer.  

Completion of the Cadet Officer Program, which includes the Indiana University Police Academy, provides comprehensive and unique law enforcement training which, coupled with the university's educational programs, produces a highly qualified, experienced, and educated law enforcement professional. If you are seeking a career in public safety, this is the program for you! 

Lt. Brian Deubner is IUPUC's Cadet Officer Program Coordinator. Email him to discuss the program or with questions at Find more information at​ 

Criminal Justice Advising


If you are a future or current criminal justice student, your advisor is Maggie Evans. She will help you select and register for classes that will apply toward your degree program. Contact her at:

  • Maggie Evans
    Office: CC Room 156R
    Phone: 812.348.7309