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Criminal Justice Major


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The criminal justice major offers diverse career opportunities in corrections, law enforcement, law and courts, juvenile justice, casework, victim advocacy, corporate security and asset protection.

The interdisciplinary nature of this major helps you understand the psychological, sociological and political factors underlying criminal and delinquent behavior and critical issues within the criminal justice system. Coursework includes criminal justice as well as psychology, political science and sociology. It offers outstanding preparation for employment as well as graduate or professional school studies.

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.

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. BW also brings practitioners to campus to recruit students and help you prepare for your career.

The criminal justice program has created a pipeline to employment with internship and career opportunities with local, state and federal agencies. Our faculty also keep an extensive database of alumni who work in federal positions and are available for networking.

Career Opportunities

  • Federal law enforcement (with additional experience)
  • 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
  • Crime lab

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 forensic science minor that is part of the criminal justice program. An internship with criminal justice agencies offers firsthand experience and networking opportunities.

The criminal justice major prepares students to:

  • Become familiar with a body of knowledge as concerns the three major subsystems of the criminal justice system - law enforcement, courts and corrections
  • Develop an ability to understand and analyze critical issues in criminal justice from an interdisciplinary perspective (psychological, sociological, and political implications)
  • Develop familiarity with career opportunities within the criminal justice system and to adequately prepare for such opportunities
Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

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:


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.

BW criminal justice majors have found success as:

  • Federal "special agents" including:
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • U.S. Secret Service
    • Department of Defense
    • Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
    • Drug Enforcement Administrator
    • Postal Inspector
    • Department of State
    • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Police officers
  • Chiefs of police
  • Detectives
  • County deputy sheriffs
  • Public defenders, prosecutors
  • Probation officers
  • Adult parole authority officers
  • Juvenile corrections officers
  • Victim advocates
  • FBI analysts
  • Corrections officers
  • Pre-sentence investigators
  • State highway patrol officers
  • Corporate asset protection
  • BCI crime lab agents and analysts
  • Case workers
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Mallory Crawford '13

"After BW, I attended and graduated from the Polaris Career Center Police Academy and have been a police officer for the Cleveland Metroparks since 2016. I enjoy the venue because each reservation has something unique to offer and provides new challenges each day. Currently, I am on the bicycle unit, honor guard, and recently became a BAC machine operator.

"Aside from making some wonderful connections, BW established a foundation of social theory, case law, and practical skills that are applicable to the field. It also helped me solidify where I wanted to work in the criminal justice field by offering unique learning opportunities, field trips, and internship experiences. In the future, I hope to become an instructor for both my department and surrounding police academies, as well as attend graduate school."

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David Tran '11

"After graduating from BW, I earned a Master of Science from Bowling Green State University. Currently, I am a special agent focused on complex criminal investigations pertaining to various violations of U.S. criminal statutes - interacting with individuals from different walks of life and coordinating investigations to help my community and bring justice to victims.

"Baldwin Wallace prepared me for the challenging times and gave me the ability to be flexible while remaining focused on the mission. BW offered many unique leadership opportunities and experiences - giving students the ability to hone their skills before they go into the 'real' world. BW continuously strives to teach critical thinking and how to work with different perspectives, which are necessary skills to be successful in this career field."


Carol Gregory

Director, Criminal Justice Program
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Delaware

Carol Gregory

Brian Monahan

Director, Honors Program
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Delaware

Brian Monahan

Julie Newcamp

Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Sociology, Purdue University

Julie Newcamp

Theron Quist

Chair, Sociology Department
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Arizona

Theron Quist

Full-Time Faculty

Carol Gregory
Director, Criminal Justice Program
Ph.D., University of Delaware

Theron Quist
Assistant Director, Criminal Justice Program
Chair, Sociology Department
Ph.D., University of Arizona

Brian Monahan
Ph.D., University of Delaware

Julie Newcamp
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Purdue University