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.
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.