Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or minor in Criminal Justice is ideal for those seeking excellent preparation for a career in law enforcement, probation, the courts or corrections.

With a Christian liberal arts focus, this interdisciplinary major provides students with many opportunities to study law, psychology, sociology, public administration and much more. Students explore every aspect of crime, the law and the justice system as they complete this degree.

Those who serve in the field of criminal justice don't necessarily have to wear a gun or arrest criminals. There are many other career options, such as combining interviewing skills with spreadsheet analysis expertise to do research; educating the public about crime; building relationships with the citizens of local neighborhoods and mobilizing the public to help fight crime; advocating for legislation to help keep dangerous repeat offenders off the streets; and gathering and analyzing information to solve criminal justice problems.

Practical Experience

As they gain knowledge, students have many opportunities to use what they learn and practice their skills. Each year, Olivet social work and criminal justice majors invest more than 20,000 clock hours serving with various agencies.

In addition to completing one or two field placements, many criminal justice students are actively involved with Olivet’s ROTC Roaring Tiger Battalion to put their knowledge to work.

Recognized Excellence

Olivet’s programs follow the standards set by the professional organization for criminal justice, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS).

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Careers in Criminal Justice

  • Air marshal
  • ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) special agent
  • Attorney
  • Border patrol agent
  • Computer security specialist
  • Corrections officer
  • Court officer
  • Crime lab technician
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Criminal investigator
  • Customs inspector
  • DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) special agent
  • Deputy sheriff
  • Detective
  • Detention officer
  • FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) agent
  • Game warden
  • Highway patrol officer
  • Homeland Security agent
  • Immigration inspector
  • Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent
  • Juvenile court supervisor
  • Marshal
  • Paralegal
  • Patrol officer
  • Police officer
  • Policy researcher
  • Private investigator
  • Probation officer
  • Residential facilities staff
  • Secret Service agent
  • Security officer
  • Sheriff
  • Special agent
  • Transportation security agent

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By The Numbers:
hours of field placement required with option of completing an additional 270 hours in a second field placement
weeks at the Illinois State Police Academy to prepare for a law enforcement career in Illinois
network of Olivet alumni

Quality Assurance

The criminal justice program at Olivet Nazarene University prepares students for success in their chosen careers. Graduates excel in the workforce with the completion of additional training for certification through organizations such as the Illinois State Police Academy. Employers have underscored the value of an Olivet education in the workplace, specifically because of the integrity and skills in communication and problem solving that graduates demonstrate. Alumni continue to report on the excellent job offers and promotions that they receive.

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