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Criminal Justice

Develop evidence-based solutions to the challenges of crime. Lead your local community in implementing restorative justice policies.

Bring restorative justice to your community.

Apply social analysis to social change toward social justice as a criminal justice student at SAU. Our commitment to restorative justice is rooted in faith in Christ. Learn to transform your community through thoughtful, evidence-based solutions to the complicated and nuanced challenges of crime. You’ll critically assess the issues of inequality and consider your role in addressing social injustice.

Program Stats

53 credit-hour major
21 credit-hour minor
240 internship hours required
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By studying such topics as social change, the nature and societal impact of crime, criminological theory and the current issues and practices in different criminal justice systems, students explore the multi-faceted world of criminal justice — and develop of sense of where they might fit in. As a criminal justice student, you’ll take all of the following key courses:

  • CRJ 201 Crime, Corrections, and Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 217 Criminal Justice Exploratory
  • CRJ 301 Criminological Theory
  • CRJ 302 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
  • CRJ 342 Criminal Law and Court Procedures
  • CRJ 344 Juvenile Delinquency
  • CRJ 447 Criminal Justice Policy
  • CRJ 449 Restorative Justice
  • CRJ 450 Internship
  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 311 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 327 Social Stratification

Find a complete list of criminal justice courses in the undergraduate course catalog.

Once you receive your degree in criminal justice, you’ll be equipped to immediately enter into a variety of careers. You’ll also have the option of continuing your education through graduate school programs. After graduation, you may find yourself in one of the following fields:

  • Corrections
  • Homeland Security
  • Law
  • Law Enforcement
  • Parole & Probation
  • Security

At SAU, criminal justice students have many opportunities to apply what they’re learning in class and meet other students who share in their passions.

Campus Safety — Criminal justice students can receive hands-on training through employment in the Office of Campus Safety.

Core 200 Chicago Trip — During your sophomore year, you’ll take an unflinching look at America’s economic and social disparities and gain vital perspectives on a weekend trip to Chicago or Detroit.

The Interfaith Shelter — Students regularly visit this homeless shelter in Jackson, Michigan, to serve food and interact with people in need.

The Office of Intercultural Relations (OIR) — Engage with other cultures during one of the many events hosted by OIR throughout the academic year, or join the club and contribute to OIR’s efforts to bring new, culturally rich experiences to campus.

Student Social Work Association — This student-run organization seeks to bring awareness of social justice issues to the SAU campus and broader community.

At SAU, you’ll find professors who care about you personally. As a social work student, you’ll learn from the following experienced and caring faculty members: