Criminal justice

Criminal Justice

Inspiring safety and security to those around us.

Few pursuits in life are more important than those which ensure the safety and security of families, communities, agencies and organizations. And those who feel called to provide that security are characterized by a special kind of courage and commitment to serving others. Those are the kinds of individuals who thrive in Marian’s criminal justice program.

The Program
Comprehensive. That, in a word, is a great way to describe the criminal justice program at Marian. As a student in this program, you'll immerse yourself in the three core segments that comprise the American criminal justice system—law enforcement, correctional institutions and social and juvenile justice. You’ll benefit from the years of experience that our faculty bring – many of which are currently working in the field of criminal justice – as well as the extensive hands-on learning and training experiences from research and internship opportunities. Through these experiences, students learn what to expect in the workplace.

The Possibilities
As a student in the criminal justice program, you’ll learn not only from outstanding faculty, but you’ll broaden your perspective by learning alongside many fellow students who bring previous life experience working for criminal justice agencies, police forces, correctional institutions and other settings. You’ll strengthen your understanding of professionalism in the criminal justice field by participating in Marian’s Criminal Justice Club. And you’ll enjoy solid professional connections earned through internships with more than a dozen respected law enforcement, corrections and other criminal justice agencies throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

The Results
Whether you’re coming straight from high school, are looking to advance your career or are changing careers altogether, the criminal justice program offers proven results and will get you where you want to go in life. The program’s extensive hands-on preparation provides the ideal foundation for meaningful careers at the federal, state and local levels, working in criminal justice agencies, correctional facilities, security and loss prevention. Some students also use our degree in criminal justice as the foundation and preparation for law school.

The Marian Difference
Marian has established a reputation throughout the state as a leader in the education and training of criminal justice professionals. And our other program offerings—in forensic science and homeland security—will offer you a valuable glimpse into a variety of important areas related to criminal justice.

Criminal justice program video
Inspired to serve the community, students in Marian’s criminal justice program share their stories about how they are working to fill a need in public safety.

Program Information

General Education Program: 46-49 credits of University requirements

41 credits:
CRJ 100 Orientation to Criminal Justice, 1 cr.
CRJ 101 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, 3 cr.
CRJ 102 Constitutional Law, 3 cr.
CRJ 201 Criminal Law, 3 cr.
CRJ 203 Juvenile Law, 3 cr.
CRJ 212 Correctional Institutions, 3 cr.
CRJ 214 Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
CRJ 303 Law Enforcement Administration, 3 cr.
CRJ 305 Community-Based Corrections (Probation/Parole), 3 cr.
CRJ 310 Criminology, 3 cr.
CRJ 400 Criminal Justice Seminar, 3 cr.
CRJ 420 Race, Gender and Ethnicity, 3 cr.
CRJ 495 Capstone Project in Criminal Justice, 1 cr.
HOS 342 Research Methods, 3 cr.
PHI 320 Philosophy of Law, 3 cr.

Complete one of the following concentrations:

Generalist concentration
15 credits from the following:
CRJ 204 Special Topics, 3 cr.
CRJ 306 Understanding Gang Formation and Behavior. 3 cr.
CRJ 307 Crimes Against Children, 3 cr.
CRJ 360 Practicum in Research I, 1-3 cr.
CRJ 362 Practicum in Research II, 1-3 cr.
CRJ 394 Criminal Justice Field Experience, 1-3 cr.
CRJ 404 Special Topics, 1-3 cr.
CRJ 414 Independent Study, 1-3 cr.
CRJ 494 Criminal Justice Field Experience, 1-3 cr.
HIS 206 History of Terrorism, 3 cr.
HIS 207 History of Crime, 3 cr.
PSY 211 Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr.
PSY 301 Drugs and Behavior, 3 cr.
SPA 107 Spanish Speaking for Law Enforcement I, 3 cr.
SPA 108 Spanish Speaking for Law Enforcement II, 3 cr.
SWK 101 Introduction to Social Work and Human Services, 3 cr.

Juvenile justice concentration
15 credits:
COM 321 Organizational Behavior and Communication, 3 cr.
CRJ 306 Understanding Gang Formation and Behavior, 3 cr.
CRJ 307 Crimes Against Children, 3 cr.
ENG 312 Advanced Composition, 3 cr.
PSY 322 Childhood Psychopathology, 3 cr.

Law enforcement concentration
15 credits:
CRJ 220 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
CRJ 301 Criminal Investigations, 3 cr.
CRJ 302 Criminal Procedures, 3 cr.
CRJ 312 Crisis Intervention and Management, 3 cr.
CRJ 401 Police Community Relations, 3 cr.

3 credits from the following:
CRJ 306 Understanding Gang Formation and Behavior, 3 cr.
CRJ 307 Crimes Against Children, 3 cr.

Social justice concentration
15 credits:
COM 321 Organizational Behavior and Communication, 3 cr.
CRJ 330 Crime Prevention/Community Safety, 3 cr.
CRJ 457 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, 3 cr.
ENG 312 Advanced Composition, 3 cr.
THE 205 Peacemaking: Multicultural, Interfaith and Dimensions, 3 cr.

20-29 credits:
University electives

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

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Fun Fact

In 2008, the first pitch was thrown at the Sabre’s baseball stadium, Herr-Baker Field (Source: Marian University Archives).

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45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699


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