Criminal Justice

Division of Social Sciences
(440) 826-2161


The criminal justice program offers preparation for the following career areas:

  • Corrections
  • Laws and courts
  • Federal law enforcement (FBI, DEA ATF)
  • Law enforcement at local, county and state levels
  • Juvenile justice positions

Offered as a major and minor.

For students who want to understand the psychological, sociological, economic and political factors underlying criminal and delinquent behavior, criminal justice is a comprehensive and complex field of study.


Whether your focus is on immediate employment or graduate or professional school studies, you'll have the opportunity to gain the leadership attributes and academic preparation needed to succeed in this exciting and challenging field.  You'll employ critical thinking and problem-solving methods to real-world situations and learn how psychological, sociological, economic and political factors are related to the courts, corrections and law enforcement agencies.


An interdisciplinary program, criminal justice includes strong academics and experiential learning. Through internship opportunities and participation in the Criminal Justice/Sociology Club and the Criminal Justice Networking Program, you'll meet professionals in your field and gain valuable career contacts.


The program in criminal justice is designed as both a four-year major and as an affiliated program for students transferring from community colleges.  Students transferring to Baldwin Wallace after completion of the A.A.S. (Associates of Applied Science) degree in law enforcement, criminal justice or police science will be awarded up to 62 semester hours of transfer credit as Criminal Justice majors if the A.A.S. degree is from Cuyahoga Community College or Lakeland Community College.  An A.A.S. degree from an institution other than those mentioned will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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