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Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice

Discover your full potential through the challenging and rewarding Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in criminal justice from the University of Mount Union. This interdisciplinary program combines your pursuit of knowledge and determination to improve your community through safety and security.

Our expert faculty will prepare you for a variety of career options while focusing on those best suited to your passion and skillset. Featuring four relevant tracks in law enforcement, community corrections, forensic studies, and criminology, your educational experience is personalized to the dynamic future within your reach.

About the Program

The criminal justice degree program at Mount Union puts knowledge into practice instantly. You will work through impactful test scenarios – including car crashes and crime scenes – alongside local law enforcement officials while utilizing industry equipment like fingerprinting kits and ballistics data in our Crime Office.

Securing relevant internships is often made possible through our dedicated and well-connected faculty, ensuring you get the necessary experience to stand out in competitive fields. No matter your area of interest, our criminal justice major will prepare you to make an immediate difference in the world.


Criminal Justice Quick Facts

  • 50 credit hours within the criminal justice degree program
  • 32 credit hours in the well-rounded Integrative Core
  • Experience mock traffic and crime scenes
  • Learn from officials currently in the field
  • Intern with local agencies


Learn more about the Degree in Criminal Justice

Influence the world around you with the Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice degree program at Mount Union. Pair your drive to succeed with the important technical knowledge needed to be a thoughtful leader in one of several criminal justice fields.

  • Curriculum


    As an interdisciplinary study, criminal justice combines sociology, psychology, forensic science, legal studies, philosophy, political science and urban studies, and tries to identify and explain patterns of criminal behavior. As a criminal justice major, you have the opportunity to pick between one of four tracks:

    • Law Enforcement
    • Community Corrections
    • Forensic Studies
    • Criminology

    The law enforcement concentration is for students who wish to pursue a career in a variety of state and local law enforcement agencies. You will study topics ranging from juvenile delinquency to criminology to family violence. The applied criminal justice concentration is designed for those interested in pursuing a career in corrections, probation, or parole. Those who choose this track will take courses involving drugs and crime, behavior and society, among a variety of others. 


    Students will demonstrate effective. . .

    • Oral communication through the presentation of an academic research project in the major; 
    • Research design based on acceptable standards of the discipline;
    • Analysis which takes into account the interdisciplinary nature of the work in criminal justice;
    • Written communication as demonstrated in the senior culminating project paper;
    • Synthesis of disciplinary theory and perspectives into the research project.

    View our University Catalogue to learn more.

  • Experiential Learning

    Experiential Learning

    Being a criminal justice major at the University of Mount Union, students have an opportunity to study Crime Investigation. This is a course specifically designed to enable students to experience the role they may have as first responders when they enter the professional world.

    The course makes use of a number of practical assessments to examine the student’s knowledge and understanding. These experiences have included: 

    Criminal justice majors also have the chance to participate in internships to gain “real world” experience and allow them to apply their learning beyond the classroom.

  • Careers


    What can you do with a criminal justice major? As the criminal justice system continues to grow and become more sophisticated, opportunities for meaningful work, including graduate study, are projected to be abundant in the years to come. Mount Union’s criminal justice program can prepare you to join any number of branches that exist within this interesting and growing field.


    Stark County Sheriff's Office
    U.S. Military
    International Association of Chiefs
    of Police


    University of Maryland
    Elon University
    University of Akron
    Cleveland State University



    Government and public safety
    Law enforcement and corrections
    Private security
    Social service administration

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