Criminal Justice & Criminology (AA, BA)
Change lives. Change the world.
- Available as
- AA, BA
- 2 or 4 years
- Fort Wayne
Why Study Criminal Justice and Criminology?
Social services, legal, and law enforcement careers are in demand in Indiana and across the United States. Earning a degree in criminal justice will prepare you for a range of rewarding careers in which you can protect, serve, and advocate for people of all ages and backgrounds.
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Why Saint Francis for a Criminology Major?
At the University of Saint Francis, we approach our criminal justice and criminology major from a restorative justice lens. You will go beyond the traditional coursework and take a deep dive into some of society’s most pressing issues, all with an eye toward protecting the dignity of all citizens and making the world a safer place.
You’ll gain a foundation in criminology and psychology and develop an understanding of courts, corrections, and law enforcement careers. You will also explore topics like violence, victimology, and race and ethnic relations. Ultimately, you will develop a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and learn how to help criminal offenders become productive members of society.
Our program’s social justice mission aligns closely with our Franciscan values. Through meaningful project-based courses, you will directly and positively impact the local community in many ways. For example:
- During our Drugs and Society course, students provided middle school students with an educational program on the dangers of drugs and peer pressure.
- Saint Francis hosted Fort Wayne UNITED, a community conversation about violence prevention and positive opportunities for Black men and boys.
Hands-On Learning: Criminal Justice Internships and Field Trips
Experience a trial. Observe a 911 dispatch center. Tour a correctional facility. As a criminal justice and criminology major at Saint Francis, you’ll get to see the system in action through a range of field trips each semester.
Our Fort Wayne location — Indiana’s second-largest city and the seat of Allen County — gives our students access to criminal justice internships in agencies and organizations such as:
- Fort Wayne Police Department’s Victim Assistance Program
- Allen County Sheriff’s Department
- Public Defender’s Office
- Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
- Adult and juvenile probation departments
- Allen County Community Corrections
“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
“The Criminal Justice and Criminology program provides a close knit atmosphere where everybody knows everybody and helps each other through the program. The professors make sure student success is their top priority. The program’s workload prepared me for what to expect in the field, so I won’t be surprised by anything as I pursue my goal of a becoming an arson investigator.”Zach Trocchio ’23 Pursuing firefighter career
“Being a law enforcement officer is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. The Criminal Justice Program at Saint Francis prepared me for the academic and mental challenges I face on a daily basis. I would not be where I am today without the program or my professors.”Megan Moreno ’21 Law Enforcement Officer, Fort Wayne Police Department
“The program is really hands-on with mock trials, field trips and other real-life projects. You have an opportunity to meet professionals in every area of the work force from, attorneys to officers to judges etc., and from that you build connections and relationships for your future. This program is really a tight-knit and passionate group of people.”Matthew Anjorin ’19 Felony Investigator at the Allen County Public Defender’s Office
Campus and Community Involvement
As you prepare to enter a profession committed to social justice, you’ll be glad to know Saint Francis offers plenty of opportunities for you to serve others through campus ministries, student groups and service-learning projects. Groups that might especially interest a criminology major include:
- Criminologists in Action (CIA)
- Social Justice League
- Social Work Club
- Women’s Empowerment Club
- Artists in Action
- Bridging the Gap (podcast)
What Can You Do With a Criminal Justice or Criminology Major?
An associate degree in criminal justice and criminology opens you to many entry-level positions. With a bachelor’s degree and experience, you’ll have even more opportunities — and room for advancement in your chosen field. Criminal justice and law enforcement careers you might consider include:
- Case manager
- Victim advocate
- Intelligence analyst
- Police officer (with additional training)
- Security or protective services agent
- Private investigator
- Game warden/park ranger
- Corrections officer
- Probation officer
A criminology major can also prepare you for law school — and a career as an attorney.
Where You’ll Find Our Graduates
Our graduates find criminal justice and law enforcement careers in many fields, including government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions. Saint Francis graduates are working in positions such as:
- Investigator, Cook County (Illinois) Public Defender
- Security officer/dispatcher, Caesars Entertainment Corporation
- Canine technician/police officer, U.S. Capitol Police
- Corporal/polygraph examiner, Pennsylvania State Police
- Police officer, Auburn (Indiana) Police Department
- Home detention case manager, Saint Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center
- Field examiner, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Deputy sheriff, Steuben County, Indiana
- Investigator, Allen County Public Defender’s Office
- Paralegal, Allen County Law Office
- Corrections office, Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility
- Caseworker, Department of Child Services
- Advocate, Stop Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN)
Graduate School and Other Opportunities
After earning an associate degree, students often choose to continue their studies and earn their bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and criminology. Graduates of the four-year program may consider earning an advanced degree in law, counseling, education or research in the social sciences.