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The criminal justice system brings order to society and helps to uphold the laws that protect its citizens. At Huntington University, you will be fully equipped to enter the field with knowledge gained from a Christian perspective. A degree in criminal justice will prepare you for careers in corrections, juvenile justice, law, criminology, addictions, and public policy. Elective courses will help you cater your degree to your interests. With the knowledge and skills gained from our program, you will learn how to show God’s redemptive love to people who have violated the law or who are victims of law violations.

What will I study? 

No two students are alike. That is why HU allows sociology students to tailor their major to their area of interest. Instead of merely taking a long list of required courses, a student interested in international crime issues can select several history/political science classes as electives, while another student with an interest in the role of mental/emotional problems can select several psychology courses as elective. 

The HU Difference

At Huntington University, you will be required to take an internship to gain hands-on experience in the field. Our Enterprise Resource Center can connect you with those internships that will best suit your career path. One opportunity to gain real-world experience involves an initiative launched by one of our faculty members, Dr. Jack Heller. Learn more about Shakespeare at Pendleton, a unique program for inmates at the Pendleton Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in Madison County, Indiana.

Career Paths

Criminal Justice majors typically plan to pursue a career in law enforcement. It also is common to minor in criminal justice, which allows a student to enhance their degree. A degree in pre-lawpsychologypolitical sciencesociology, or social work can benefit from knowledge of the criminal justice field.