Criminal Justice
Why Study Criminal Justice?

Get started on the path toward becoming a police officer, federal agent, or a leader in the justice system with a degree in criminal justice. Most jobs and specialized training schools now require a college education to prepare you for this broad-reaching and fast-paced field. Leaders who can think critically, make decisions quickly and accurately, and communicate effectively are in high demand.

Why Choose North Park University

Why North Park?

North Park University offers you an interdisciplinary criminal justice major, blending sociology with politics and government and providing options in conflict transformation studies as well. You’ll be trained in the sought-after skills of critical reasoning and communication while exploring the problems of crime and social deviance, the importance of ethics, the ways that culture affects the justice system, and the social scientific method for research in the field. Expand your worldview in classrooms of students from many backgrounds and be prepared as a culturally competent and ethical leader.

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Peter St. Jean, director of the criminal justice major, is an active scholar, writer, and filmmaker, who pushes his students to "move from being consumers of knowledge to producers of knowledge."

Learn more about Dr. St. Jean and the criminal justice faculty.

Peter St. Jean
Interesting Classes

Explore the key criminal justice topics, including:

  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Restorative Justice
  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure

Learn more about the criminal justice course offerings and major requirements.


Criminal justice majors will be ready for entry-level positions in law enforcement, the court system, probation, correctional treatment facilities, and more. Or you can continue your education with specialized training in a police academy or other justice agency—including federal agencies or private security—or with graduate work in criminal justice, sociology, public policy, and law.