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Criminal Justice & Criminology (AA, BA)

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Why study criminal justice & criminology?

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.

What Makes Us Different

Added value comes from our unique curriculum. 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:

  • Violence & Victimology —to better understand the effect on victims and family members
  • Drugs and Society — to study the impact drugs have on individuals, families, and society
  • Criminology — for a scientific study of crime and criminals
  • Psychology — an enhanced focus on how mental health issues contribute to criminal behavior

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

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Real-World Learning


Because Fort Wayne is Indiana’s second largest city and the seat of Allen County, our students have access to great internships in:

  • Victim Assistance & Advocacy
  • Law Enforcement
  • Adult Probation
  • Juvenile Probation
  • Drug Court
  • Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • Treatment Centers

Field Trips

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.

Community Engagement

As a Criminal Justice and Criminology major, you’ll regularly interact with professionals who share their expertise and serve as mentors.

Values in Action

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.

Career Outlook & Success


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

Graduate Success

Our Criminal Justice and Criminology graduates are often hired by government agencies. They work in a variety of fields including:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Drug Court
  • Corrections
  • Court Administration
  • Victim Services

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

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Program Director

Heather Jeffries
260-399-7700 ext. 8107