School of Social Sciences
Criminal justice is a rewarding major offering diverse career opportunities in corrections, law enforcement, law and courts, and juvenile justice.
Its interdisciplinary nature helps you understand the psychological, sociological and political factors underlying criminal and delinquent behavior and critical issues within the criminal justice system.
Through BW's program, you'll gain critical thinking and problem-solving skills that prepare you for a career in law enforcement, courts and corrections. You'll gain insights, strategies and professional practices that can be readily applied to real-world situations.
The interdisciplinary major includes coursework in criminal justice as well as psychology, political science, sociology and statistics. It offers outstanding preparation for employment as well as graduate or professional school studies.
Complementing BW's comprehensive, rigorous curriculum are rich experiential learning opportunities that include internships, professional mentoring opportunities and co-curricular organizations like the Criminal Justice/Sociology/Forensic Science Club.
BW's 20-minute proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to impressive networking, internship and career-focused opportunities at criminal justice agencies. Also invaluable is BW's criminal justice networking program, which provides one-on-one access to successful alumni employed in the field.
- Law enforcement at local, county and state levels
- Juvenile justice positions
- Juvenile and adult probation/parole
- Institutional corrections - jails and prisons
- Laws and courts (some positions require a law degree)
- Victim advocate
- Intelligence analyst
- Federal law enforcement (FBI, DEA, ATF) [with additional experience]
Popular Major for Law School
Criminal justice offers relevant undergraduate preparation for students interested in attending law school, especially those aspiring to become prosecutors or criminal defense attorneys.
Transfer Student Opportunities
Criminal justice is offered as an affiliated program for students transferring from community colleges. Students transferring to Baldwin Wallace after completion of an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in law enforcement, criminal justice or police science will be awarded up to 62 semester hours of transfer credit as criminal justice majors if the AAS degree is from Cuyahoga Community College or Lakeland Community College. An AAS degree from an institution other than those mentioned will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
A comprehensive, interdisciplinary program, criminal justice includes coursework key areas such as policing, criminology and victimology, as well as relevant courses in psychology, political science, sociology and statistics. It is offered as a major and minor.
For individuals interested in forensics, there is also a forensics science minor that is part of the criminal justice program. An internship with criminal justice agencies offers firsthand experience and networking opportunities.
Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.
Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:
Student Clubs & Organizations
Sociology/Criminal Justice/Forensic Science Club
Through educational and social activities, this organization provides opportunities for students to gain experience in and exposure to the criminal justice and sociology fields.
At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.
Recent BW Criminal Justice majors are finding their success as:
- Police officers at various ranks
- Chief of police
- Detectives in municipal police departments
- County deputy sheriff
- Public defender; prosecutor
- Federal “special agents” with the Federal Bureau of Investigation; U.S. Secret Service; Department of Defense; Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Drug Enforcement Administration; etc.
- Probation officers within both the criminal and juvenile justice system
- Adult parole authority office
- VisionQuest (juvenile corrections)
- Victim advocate
- FBI analyst
- Corrections officer
FACULTY AND STAFF
Our full time faculty in the Criminal Justice Program include the program director, Dr. Louis SanMarco (Ph.D. Sam Houston State University/College of Criminal Justice), the program assistant director, Dr. Theron Quist (Ph.D. University of Arizona), Dr. Carol Gregory (Ph.D. University of Delaware), and Dr. Julie Newcamp (Ph.D. Purdue University), and also includes several other faculty members in sociology, psychology and political science who teach courses related to our program.
In addition to that, we also have a fantastic set of adjunct professors with much experience in the field. Our adjunct faculty members include:
John King - Intelligence Analyst, Federal Bureau of Investigation in Cleveland
Ronald James - Former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor
Dale Laux - Former forensic scientist with the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI)
James Ciotti - Special Agent Supervisor with the BCI Crimes Against Children Unit at Ohio Attorney General's Office
Dean Jenkins - Chief Probation Officer for the Cleveland Municipal Court
With the academic expertise and such well-qualified adjunct and full time faculty members, our program is well situated to educate and guide you in your professional journey.