Criminal Justice Major

Delve into an understanding of the justice system and criminal behavior, address the challenges of neighborhoods and cultures, and evaluate current practices.

The criminal justice degree at Houghton – available fully online or on campus – takes a comprehensive approach to the ethical, psychological, and social aspects of criminal behavior and current policies. Investigate the historical roots of and responses to criminal behavior in the United States, the development of the modern legal system, and determine possibilities for prevention, restorative justice, and more.

Why Major in Criminal Justice?

  • Address the history of and concerns related to social justice in the modern legal system.
  • Develop close mentoring relationships with Christian faculty members who care about your academic, emotional and spiritual growth.
  • Engage in discussion of significant contemporary concepts and issues – including development of an individual or group research project and professional preparation – in a senior capstone seminar.
  • Integrate theory with professional practice with hands-on learning during an internship experience in a criminal justice setting.
  • Go in-depth in subjects such as criminal law, juvenile justice, environmental crime and justice, and more.

124 Credits


Required Courses


Elective Courses and General Education

Degree Requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the major in criminal justice will develop the ability to use the quantitative and qualitative tools of the social and behavioral arts and sciences to assess the effectiveness of efforts at prevention, correction, and restorative justice. They will engage in knowledgeable and respectful discussion of policies and procedures, including the particular challenges and opportunities of rural and cross-cultural approaches to criminal justice.

Students will be able to evaluate factors contributing to criminal action and the effects of different approaches to criminal justice intervention using both statistical and research methods and critical evaluation of moral and ethical arguments.

Application Requirements


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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript, 1 recommendation letter, and your test scores (can be waived)

Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what is important to you.
Personal Statement

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