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Major

The criminal justice program at Olivet College enables graduates to pursue careers in law enforcement and corrections, emphasizing crime prevention and the reduction of violence in our society. Students examine the causes of violence and crime, including moral and social factors, while taking into account the role of pathology, socialization, employment and community support.

Olivet College is one of few colleges in the nation to offer a minor in forensic science. While majoring in chemistry, you will also complete coursework in crime scene processing, criminal investigation, criminal law and police procedure.

Typical careers related to the criminal justice major include working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; state crime labs; insurance companies; Friend of the Court; corrections; juvenile case work; probation/parole officers; justice administration; and other human service occupations. The major also provides a solid foundation for those interested in graduate work in criminal justice, law, social work, criminal justice administration and related areas.

The following is an overview of courses associated with our criminal justice major. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Major Requirements

Choose one of the following two tracks:

Corrections Track Core Courses

  • CJ 111 Corrections, Punishment, and Crime
  • CJ 280 Criminal Law and Jurisprudence
  • CJ 285 Legal Issues in Corrections
  • CJ 290 Criminal Procedures
  • CJ 320 Client Relations
  • CJ 321 Topics in Criminology
  • CJ 330 Juvenile Delinquency
  • CJ 400 Ethical and Moral Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 440 Defense Tactics/Physical Training
  • CJ 470 Criminal Justice Internship
  • CJ 490 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • SA 302 Topics in Inequality: Race and Ethnicity or Gender

Law Enforcement Track Core Courses

  • CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 280 Criminal Law and Jurisprudence
  • CJ 290 Criminal Procedures
  • CJ 321 Topics in Criminology
  • CJ 340 Police and Community
  • CJ 400 Ethical and Moral Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 430 Crime Scene Investigations
  • CJ 440 Defense Tactics/Physical Training
  • CJ 470 Criminal Justice Internship
  • CJ 490 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • SA 302 Topics in Inequality: Race and Ethnicity or Gender

Complete two of the following courses:

  • CJ 220 Terrorism & Homeland Security
  • CJ 230 Police Operations
  • CJ 330 Juvenile Delinquency
  • CJ 360 Criminal Investigations
  • CJ 370 Police Administration
  • CJ 410 Medicolegal Death Investigation

NOTE: Criminal justice students, especially those anticipating graduate studies, are strongly encouraged to take a statistics course.

Minor

The following is an overview of courses associated with this minor. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Minor Requirements

Minor Core Courses

  • CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 111 Corrections, Punishment, and Crime
  • CJ 280 Criminal Law and Jurisprudence
  • CJ 330 Juvenile Delinquency
  • CJ 400 Ethical and Moral Issues in Criminal Justice

Complete one of the following courses:

  • CJ 321 Topics in Criminology
  • CJ 340 Police and Community
  • CJ 450 Special Topic: Probation/Parole

Complete one of the following courses:

  • CJ 320 Client Relations
  • SA 302 Topics in Inequality: Race and Ethnicity or Gender

Complete one of the following courses:

  • CJ 285 Legal Issues in Corrections
  • CJ 360 Criminal Investigations
  • CJ 410 Medicolegal Death
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