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

Students during Criminal Justice trip to Europe. 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.


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.

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What you will learn

Graduates will be able to:

  • Develop critical thinking skills necessary to be an ethical criminal justice professional. (Analytic and Critical Thinking, Creative Insight)
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize statistical information. (Analytic and Critical Thinking)
  • Develop skills in written and spoken communication consistent with the needs of the criminal justice system. (Communication)
  • 4. Demonstrate expertise in criminology. (Creative Insight)

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 GeeAssociate Professor, Criminal JusticeFinlandia Universityrichard.gee@finlandia.edu906-487-7280

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