Criminal Justice

Program Format

Online and evenings
(Ankeny and WDM Campuses)

Credit Hours

128 credit hours


$415/ credit hour

When Can I Start?

Fall, Spring or Summer Semester

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The Criminal Justice Major and Minor

The Criminal Justice major at Simpson College is concerned with the application of knowledge derived primarily from the social sciences. The major consists of required core courses, elective options selected by the student in consultation with their advisor, and the capstone course of Standards of Professional Behavior.

Students gain exposure to the components of the criminal justice system, the value of research and analysis, and the theoretical explanations for crime and criminal behavior. The program also has an overall focus on both the importance of issues of diversity and ethical decision-making in the criminal justice system.

In 2013, Simpson criminal justice undergraduates scored in the 99th percentile on the Educational Testing Service’s Major Field Test, relative to 102 comparison institutions from across the United States. The results reaffirm the strength of Simpson’s program in content delivery and student mastery of discipline-specific subject matter.

Students completing the Criminal Justice major will be able to:

  • Apply criminological theories to concrete situations;
  • Analyze and interpret social science data;
  • Formulate ethical responses to professional situations; and
  • Critique how issues of power and inequalities in the U.S. impact criminal justice outcomes.

The Criminal Justice major is 44 credits (11 courses), while the Criminal Justice minor is 20 credits (5 courses).

If you're looking for a first class education, professors that truly care, and success - Simpson's Sociology and Criminal Justice program is ahead of the curve!

-Liz Hollinger, Criminal Justice Major