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