Bachelor's in Criminal Justice

Finlandia’s Criminal Justice major is an interdisciplinary program of study with courses in the social sciences.

Finlandia’s Criminal Justice major is an interdisciplinary program of study with courses in the social sciences. The major focuses on theoretical and ethical aspects of the criminal justice system, giving students a breadth of knowledge related to the discipline. Students graduating with a bachelor of arts in criminal justice are prepared for variety of careers, including those related to law enforcement, social services, juvenile delinquency, and corrections.

Clubs & Organizations – Criminal Justice Program

NCJA – National Criminal Justice Association

Based in Washington, D.C., the NCJA represents state, tribal and local governments on crime prevention and crime control issues. Its members represent all facets of the criminal and juvenile justice community, from law enforcement, corrections, prosecution, defense, courts, victim-witness services and educational institutions to federal, state and local elected officials.

The NCJA is a national voice in shaping and implementing criminal justice policy since its founding in 1971. As the representative of state, tribal and local criminal and juvenile justice practitioners, the NCJA works to promote a balanced approach to communities’ complex public safety and criminal and juvenile justice system problems. The NCJA recognizes the importance of interrelationships among criminal and juvenile justice agencies and between these agencies and the community and the strong, steady advocacy necessary to achieve comprehensive planning and policy coordination goals.

Scholarships – Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice

Scholarship opportunities

Study Abroad Opportunities – Criminal Justice Programs

Finlandia believes it is important for the student to be exposed to the world. By fostering exchange relations with foreign learning institutions we are able to bring experts from around the world to teach on campus and offer students the opportunity to attend college overseas while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

International Study Programs International Admissions (906) 487-7208 | international@finlandia.edu.

Additional Links and Forms – Criminal Justice Degree

What you will learn

Graduates will be able to:

  • Serve in a variety of work settings related to the field of law enforcement and corrections.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in order to foster and maintain relationships with peers, clients, and supervisors.
  • Understand socio-economic factors and cultural influences that impact criminal behavior.
  • Understand the principles of ethical decision-making.
  • Demonstrate baccalaureate-level expertise in criminology, juvenile delinquency, criminal law and procedures, abnormal psychology, police operations, and corrections.
  • Make observations, inferences, determine relationships, and draw conclusions in the preparation of criminal justice reports.

Sample Courses (CORE)

  • Criminal Law
    The elements, purposes, and functions of criminal law. Also covers sources of criminal law, contempt and conspiracy, criminal responsibility, defenses to crime, laws of arrest, search and seizure, and other laws. Actual cases are studied. Fall semesters. Prerequisite: CRJ 101 or instructor permission.
  • Victimology
    Victims are the other portion of the criminal act. Investigates the history, development of the field of victimology, and structural responses to victims. Available fall semester, odd years.
  • Crime and Inequality
    Explores the social phenomenon of inequality in the criminal justice system. Incorporates economic, racial, ethnic and gender components and the relationship with the criminal justice system. Spring semester, even years. Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

Career Opportunities

Probation Officer, Detective, Correctional Treatment Specialists
Jason OyadomariAssociate Professor of Biology & Dean of Suomi College of Arts and SciencesFinlandia Universityjason.oyadomari@finlandia.edu906-487-7381
Richard GeeAssistant Professor, Criminal JusticeFinlandia Universityrichard.gee@finlandia.edu906-487-7280

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