Criminal Justice Minor

If there was ever a time we need people to be well-versed in criminology and the legal system, it is now. The racial justice protests of 2020 demonstrated the critical need for those who can knowledgeably contribute to the conversations, take action, and pursue justice following the example of Christ. 

The core values of our program are social justice and service, and we provide an education that backs up those values. Jesus served, so we serve. It’s as simple as that. And we seek to “walk humbly, love mercy, live justly” (Micah 6:8) as contributors to the criminal justice professions.

If you want to make a difference through public service – be it a career in law enforcement, the courts and correctional systems, social welfare, or related private industries – consider a minor in criminal justice, which provides broad information about criminology and the legal system for those interested in careers related to crime and victimization.

The 18-credit-hour curriculum can be completed by students majoring in any field, but it is particularly relevant for individuals completing degrees in sociology, social work, political science, computer science or psychology.

Police officer visits the criminal justice classroom

What Will I 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
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Sara Eccelston

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.

Job 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 U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 5 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations.