USF’s Criminal Justice and Criminology program will give you a real-life understanding of today’s complex criminal justice system. Taught through the lens of restorative justice, our program delves deep into some of society’s most pressing issues — all with the goal of making the world a safer place.
Added value comes from our unique curriculum (link to curriculum plan). We expand beyond traditional courses to include areas that reflect the current reality of the field, making our students competitive candidates for employment!
In addition to courses on law enforcement, courts, and corrections, our program includes:
Because Fort Wayne is Indiana’s second largest city and the seat of Allen County, our students have access to great internships in:
Criminal Justice and Criminology majors take several trips per semester to see the criminal justice system in action; you may see a trial, visit drug court, tour a prison, tour a 911 dispatch center, among other trips.
As a Criminal Justice and Criminology major, you’ll regularly interact with professionals who share their expertise and serve as mentors.
In keeping with our Franciscan values, our Criminal Justice program will teach you to serve society and to protect the dignity of all its members. We do this through meaningful projects and events.
USF sponsored Fort Wayne UNITED, a community conversation on violence prevention and positive opportunities for black men and boys.
Students in our Drugs and Society course educate middle school students on the dangers of drugs and peer pressure. Members of USF’s Artists in Action club helped to create a “drug-free pledge” mural.
Expected job growth in social service management
Median pay for jobs in social service management per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Expected job growth for law enforcement positions (police & detectives)
Median pay for jobs in law enforecement per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Our Criminal Justice and Criminology graduates are often hired by government agencies. They work in a variety of fields including:
Others go to graduate school for careers in law, education, counseling, or research.
I appreciate how this gave me a broad understanding of the field far beyond enforcement or corrections. Because I learned about the entire Criminal Justice system, I feel I have better options for a career.
Dionte Walker ’18
Criminal Justice and Criminology major