Major in Criminal Justice

Develop a holistic understanding of criminal justice • Learn methods of social science research • Graduate industry-ready

Criminal justice is an interdisciplinary field. JBU will help you master the knowledge to succeed.

To work in criminal justice you must have specialized knowledge in law, political science, psychology, history, and more. In JBU’s criminal justice program, you’ll learn from these disciplines and apply this knowledge to make an impact in a growing and important field.

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Discover how JBU will prepare you for a career in criminal justice

Develop an understanding of the criminal justice system

At JBU, you'll receive a broad education in law, politics, and human behavior. You will get specialized and professional training in different areas of these fields. 

Develop the "soft-skills" employers are looking for

Employers look for graduates who not only have technical knowledge, but have learned to collaborate with others, communicate effectively and discover innovative solutions for problems. At JBU you'll learn these skills throughout your studies.

Receive hands-on training

You'll be prepared for a career in law enforcement or the legal profession, and challenged to apply the lessons in the classroom to the real world. 

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John Brown University's Criminal Justice Program empowers students to analyze and understand the many factors impacting criminality and victimization. Additionally, its Christ-centered approach to the study of this field provides a far greater depth of understanding than mere mastery of process and practice. If you believe the field of Criminal Justice is for you, then John Brown University is the place to develop the knowledge to serve with excellence.

– Jim Wilmeth

former Chief of Police, Siloam Springs, Arkansas

What to expect as a Criminal Justice student at JBU

Learn Data and Methods of Social Science

You'll have a familiarity with data and methods of social science research to analyze and make sense of real issues in criminal justice.

Demonstrate Written Communication

You'll be able to demonstrate effective written communication and the critical thinking skills necessary for criminal justice professionals.

Articulate a Christian Worldview

You will be able to articulate a Christian worldview in recognizing, understanding, and applying ethical reasoning skills in a variety of issues in criminal justice.

Partnering with Bluefield College

In addition to studying in-person on JBU’s main campus, you’ll take three criminal justice classes online from Bluefield College. A Christian university located in West Virginia, Bluefield’s proximity to federal agencies allows professors to teach about criminal justice from relevant experience.

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