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Arts & Sciences

Criminal Justice

Learn to serve and protect

A Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice helps you develop skills to make a difference in your community

 

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SKILLS BASED LEARNING

Criminal justice majors learn the skills necessary to be successful in a variety of different occupations. Instead of focusing on what you would learn at a police academy, FinnU’s criminal justice program focuses on the larger scope of skills that are applicable to the field. Skills such as writing, ethics, public speaking and how to utilize data-driven statistics and research methods.

PERSONALIZED EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Criminal justice encompasses a number of different disciplines and interests. In order to explore these interests, FinnU’s criminal justice program allows you to select a final capstone research project that will help with your career goals or academic interests. In addition, if there is a topic you are interested in exploring and FinnU does not offer a class on it, our faculty will work with you to develop a customized class based on your interest and need.

STUDY ABROAD

Criminal justice majors have the opportunity to travel abroad to learn more about other justice systems from around the world. From Finland to the former Soviet Union, you are introduced to how social justice is viewed in a different context.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS

"Dr. Gee has been a mentor since day one. He's kind of been a father figure to me actually. He just provides so much guidance and has helped me out a lot. When I didn't understand something he took me aside and said 'Hey, come talk with me, we'll work this out' on an assignment or just life. It's really cool because you don't get that at a bigger college, where you're kind of on your own. Here it's totally different. The faculty genuinely cares about their students."

Christopher Dennis ('17)

“The system of due process can be lengthy and complicated. It’s my job to understand how to navigate people through that process. I get to hold their hand through some difficult times and say, ‘I understand.’ I help people in a way that most people won’t ever get to. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get to practice law, a wonderful profession and I’m still opening that box.”

Erica Payne ('07)

"I especially love how helpful the professors are here, and the small class sizes, which were similar to my high school. I was originally torn between Criminal Justice and Psychology, but I figured I may have more opportunities with Criminal Justice, but I am minoring in Psychology still. I lived in a small town with a lot of drug problems, so I wanted to go into this field because every town can use the help, and I want to make a difference. "

Shane Voldarski ('22)

The Degree

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN THE NEWS

Comparative Justice course group photo during summer trip to Finland
Traveling abroad with Finlandia’s criminal justice program

January 13, 2023

Criminal justice majors have the opportunity to travel abroad to learn more about other justice systems from around the world. From Finland to the former Soviet Union, you are introduced to how social justice is viewed in a different context.

Following a recent video release highlighting the criminal justice program’s most recent trip, Dr. Richard Gee sits down with the Finlandia Fridays podcast to talk about what opportunities the group had to experience.

This year’s trip included 14 days of travel […] Read More

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Criminal Justice trip to Europe | 2022 Video Highlights

January 11, 2023

Finlandia students interested in traveling and studying criminal justice have the opportunity to take a trip to Europe each summer. This year’s trip included 14 days of travel with students and faculty from Finlandia, Tampere University, Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, Marquette University, and Appalachia State University. The group traveled to Finland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, with a final stay in the Åland Islands, a beautifully scenic and frequently traveled archipelago between Finland and Sweden.

Throughout the trip, students spent […] Read More

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Revamped & Refocused: Broadening the scope of a criminal justice program

January 06, 2023

Finlandia Fridays kicks off 2023 in two-part criminal justice series with Dr. Richard Gee

Graduates of the Finlandia University Criminal Justice program are sprinkled throughout all layers of the criminal justice system, pursuing careers in safety and security, social work, law, federal service and the police force.

Ahead of next week’s video release of FinnU’s 2022 Comparative Criminal Justice course trip to Europe, in this episode, Dr. Richard Gee sits down with Finlandia Fridays podcast for part one of […] Read More

CRIMINAL JUSTICE GRADUATES WILL BE ABLE TO DO THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Communication: Communicate with clarity and originality using interviewing and interrogation skills to effectively deal with victims and suspects, and when testifying in a court of law.
  2. Analytic and Critical Thinking: Observe, infer, determine relationships, and draw conclusions regarding how laws are written and their impact on the rights of individuals and society.
  3. Creative Insight: Apply investigative techniques, logic, and critical thinking skills to bring a case to its logical conclusion.
  4. Personal Perspective: Function in a multicultural society as a mature, adaptable citizen, while meeting the needs and challenges of clients and communities.
  5. Global Perspective: Create, integrate, and evaluate ideas across a range of disciplines, including sociology, politics, and science, among others.

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Faculty and Staff

Richard Gee

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

richard.gee@finlandia.edu

Cassandra Hill, Ph.D.

Dean & Associate Professor of Communication

Cassandra.Hill@finlandia.edu

Mariana Nakashima

Administrative Assistant ISB - SCAS

Mariana.Nakashima@finlandia.edu
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