The discipline of criminal justice studies the nature, types, causes, conditions and consequences of crime in society. The program devotes significant attention to society's organized response to crime in the form of police, courts, judicial processes and corrections. Closely allied to sociology in both content and perspective, a comparative orientation highlights cross-cultural differences in how societies conceptualize crime and administer justice. Issues and problems of crime in society are considered throughout the criminal justice curriculum. Including an internship, the criminal justice program offers student preparation for careers in criminal justice or related fields. Students may major or minor in criminal justice.
Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice.