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Criminal Justice

Do you

  • Have an interest in crime and punishment?
  • Follow the creation of new laws and Supreme Court opinions?
  • Want to help other people?
  • Want to solve crimes?
  • Enjoy working with the public?

Then majoring in Criminal Justice may be right for you.

You will get a broad and layered understanding of the history, operations and implications of criminal justice in America. You will be trained to address pressing societal needs related to law enforcement, the judicial system, corrections and national security. You also will be prepared to pursue a graduate degree in law or criminal justice. Classes cover research methods, criminological theory and policy, criminal law, courts, corrections and policing. You can also choose to study topics such as homicide, terrorism, juvenile justice and cybercrime.

Complete list of requirements for the Criminal Justice major: degree planning sheet and 4 year graduation plan.

Criminal Justice sample careers

  • Federal law officer (FBI, DEA, Border Patrol, U.S. Marshals, ATF)
  • Police officer/detective
  • Probation officer, juveniles and adults
  • Court administrator
  • Law office administrator
  • Private security officer/private investigator
  • Crime scene technician/lab technician
  • Victim's assistant and advocate
  • Criminal justice data and records keeper
  • Parole officer
  • Juvenile/adult correctional officer
  • Attorney (after law school)

Credit for law enforcement training

Sworn full-time police officers who have graduated from any of the five law enforcement academies in Indiana are eligible for 12 undergraduate credit hours from SPEA IUPUI. You can apply these credits towards any of SPEA's undergraduate degree programs. The course credit is for Criminal Law SPEA-J 301, Criminal Investigations SPEA-J 320 and six hours of Internship in Criminal Justice SPEA-J 380. 

To be awarded credits for law enforcement training, you must be admitted to IUPUI and you must have completed at least 12 IUPUI credits with a 2.0 GPA prior to being awarded the law enforcement training credits. Law enforcement training credits will not be awarded until SPEA verifies that you have successfully completed12 credits of coursework at IUPUI.

For more information contact the SPEA Recorder at 317-274-4656. Download an application for credit.