About the Criminal Justice Program
Every day, whether we watch the news on TV or via the Internet, we hear stories about crime. In addition to these accounts, movies, video games, and television dramas provide entertaining portrayals of the world of crime and its heroes and villains. The reality of crime and how we respond to it as a society are focal points for the academic area of study known as criminal justice.
The criminal justice major at Anderson University prepares students to enter employment in fields related to law enforcement, courts and corrections, victim advocacy and assistance, and provides a foundation for graduate study. Coursework in the criminal justice program focuses on the social science of criminology and criminal justice. A full semester internship experience allows students to experience firsthand the daily routine and challenges of working within the criminal justice system. Internships also provide opportunities for students to explore career options.
Why choose AU for Criminal Justice?
Anderson University’s program in criminal justice provides a combination of classroom and experiential learning opportunities through internships and specialized courses in law enforcement, victim advocacy, probation, corrections, juvenile justice, and other related fields. The program offers small class sizes taught by full-time faculty with strong academic backgrounds and professional experience within the criminal justice field. At AU, students develop the knowledge base for understanding crime, whether it takes place through street offenses such as robbery, theft, or homicide or via newer modes, including white-collar crime, cyber-crimes, and terrorism.
Criminal justice is a rapidly changing field offering a wide variety of careers. Our approach at AU is to help students find the match between their interest in criminal justice and their particular strengths and God-given talents. We work with students throughout their time at AU to help them discover and develop their skills, knowledge, and character to fulfill career aspirations in a criminal justice-related field.