Criminal Justice

Do you want to make a positive difference through public service? Are you interested in learning more about possible careers in law enforcement, the courts and correctional systems, social welfare, and related private industries?

George Fox offers a criminal justice minor that provides broad information about criminology and the legal system to students interested in pursuing careers that relate to crime and victimization. The 18-credit-hour minor can be completed by students majoring in any field, but it is particularly relevant for individuals completing degrees in sociology, social work, politics, computer science or psychology.

Criminal Justice Course of Study

George Fox’s criminal justice course of study consists of classes that explore …

  • Factors that contribute to crime
  • Major institutions of the criminal justice system, such as the courts, police, and corrections, including their strengths and flaws
  • Contemporary programs leading to restorative justice for communities, institutions and individuals
  • The interface of drug use, mental health and criminal behavior

The program’s focus fits within the university’s ethos – which emphasizes social justice and service – and fills a pressing demand for professionals working within a wide variety of institutions that have a vision for restorative justice.

Classes

Students in the criminal justice minor take the following ...

  • Intro to Criminal Justice
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Restorative Justice
  • Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Criminal Justice

An additional three-credit-hour class – to be determined by a student’s career field of interest – is also required.

Jobs and Employment Outlook

Graduates from criminal justice programs are employed at municipal, county, state, and federal levels of government throughout the United States, serving in positions such as probation officers, parole officers, police officers, law enforcement personnel, juvenile workers, private security, correctional institutions, and human services. Many students ultimately go on to graduate school, including law school.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of police, detectives, probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024. The continued desire for public safety is expected to lead to new openings for officers, although demand may vary by location.


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Student Experiences

Allison Ogle ('10)

“To live well in God’s world requires asking good questions. Through studying at George Fox, I learned how to ask these questions and how to think critically about the problems in the world. Now equipped with this ‘sociological imagination’ I am able to live the questions I learned to ask and incarnate a Christian response to issues like social stratification, racial reconciliation and gender inequality that plague our society and the church today.”

- Allison Ogle ('10)

Sara Eccelston ('11)

“My education at George Fox has been fundamental to shaping the way I understand the world and make decisions about how to live. I learned the important connections between power structures in society and theories to understand it all, and heard a Christian voice in the midst of sometimes hopeless statistics. My professors helped me to think critically, encouraged my questions, taught me how to research and gave voice to the parts of society that are often overlooked.”

- Sara Eccelston ('11)

Anna Moreshead ('09) “My George Fox education helped me develop a readiness and confidence to take with me into a broad range of direct service settings. My classes and internships humbled me as I realized that my education was less about me and more about the clients I am now serving.”

- Anna Moreshead ('09)

Points of Distinction

  • Study criminal justice at a university that emphasizes social justice and service.
  • The minor is open to students in all majors.
  • Engage in course material and discussion surrounding issues related to the criminal justice system.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

Nearly half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad. That ranks in the top 60 out of 1,800 American colleges!

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.