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BS in Criminal Justice

Trine University
Program overview
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
32,990 USD

32,990 USD

32,990 USD

32,990 USD

Program description

BS in Criminal Justice

While many colleges and universities offer "quick courses" in select areas of criminal justice, such as basic police courses, 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 program is not a "Cop Shop" (courses focusing strictly on a career as an entry-level police officer), nor is it strictly theoretically based. Our program is a mix of practical knowledge taught by current professionals in the field (judges, lawyers, coroners, law enforcement officers, and administrators) and theory.

Our criminal justice 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 also offer criminal justice concentrations for law enforcement, agency administration and psychology, all of which allow you to be prepared to start your career path right after graduation and move up the ranks quickly.

Admission requirements

  • Admission into the Allen School of Engineering and Computing and the Rinker Ross School of Health Sciences requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. In addition, students must have successfully completed the equivalent of Trine's English Composition I, Calculus I, and Chemistry I with a "C" or higher.
  • Admission into the Franks School of Education requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Admission into the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences and the Ketner School of Business require a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the website.

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Program content

General Education Requirements

  • College Compositions
  • Effective Speaking or Interpersonal Communication
  • Humanities Seminar
  • Humanities Elective
  • Sciences Elective or Mathematics Elective
  • College Algebra or Quantitative Reasoning
  • Plants and People
  • American History I or World Civilization I
  • American HIstory II or World Civilization II
  • Principles of Sociology
  • Principles of Psychology
  • Introduction to Government

Content Requirements

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Report Writing
  • Juvenile Justice
  • introduction to Criminology
  • Introduction to Criminal Law and Justice
  • Criminal Procedures and Evidence
  • Criminalistics and Crime Scene Investigations I
  • Criminal Justice Capstone Demonstration
  • Law Enforcement Internship I
  • State and Local Government
  • American Constitutional Development
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • University Experience

Select one of the following five concentrations

Option A - Criminal Justice Professional

  • Institutional Corrections and Law
  • Criminal Justice & Agency Administration
  • Topics in CJ
  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • The Family

Option B - Psychology

  • Research Methods in Psychology
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Social Psychology
  • Child & Adolescent Psychology OR Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Counseling Theories & Practices

Option C - Indiana law Enforcement

  • Successful completion of Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Training Course

Additional Requirements

  • Electives

Tuition fees

Full-time tuition fee - $32,990 per year

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the website for more information.

Career opportunities

Job opportunities abound in the criminal justice field - not just the traditional police, courts and corrections, but in all avenues of public and private sector.

  • Conservation Officer DNR
  • Case Manager Northeastern Center
  • Allen County Juvenile Center
  • Valparaiso Law School
  • Avé Maria Law School
  • IPFW MPA Program
  • Ball State University Ph.D. Psychology
  • Michigan and Indiana Department of Corrections
  • Federal Law Enforcement—IRS, ATF, Secret Service, Marshals Service
  • State and Local Law Enforcement—ISP, DNR, Excise, City and County Police Officers
  • Department of Corrections (IN and MI), county jails and juvenile detention centers
  • Behavioral and mental health agencies-Bowen Center, Northeastern Center, Madison Center
  • Probation Departments—MI, OH and IN
  • Private sector security and loss prevention
  • Case Managers, counseling and substance abuse
  • Department of Child Services - Case Manager

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Trine University

Trine University

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Trine University

1 University Ave
IN 46703 Angola Indiana
United States of America

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