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Criminal Justice

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.

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Criminal Justice Major

44 credits (typically 10 courses plus the capstone of SCJ 352)


CJ  220: Criminal Justice Systems
SOC 210: Statistics for the Social Sciences (Quant)
SOC 321: Methods of Social Research (Infolit)
SCJ 340: Race & Ethnic Relations OR CJ335: Inequality & Justice (Divrsty)
CJ 342: Juvenile Delinquency (Civic, Critthink) OR CJ343: Criminology
CJ 346: Field Experience and Seminar in Criminal Justice (Writcom)


SCJ352: Standards of Professional Behavior (Ethics, Writcom)


16 credits (typically 4 courses) in Criminal Justice

  • At least 8 credits of electives must be at the 300 level
  • No more than 12 credits can count in another major/minor
  • Four credits can be from a related area outside of the department, with departmental approval

Criminal Justice Minor

20 credits (typically 5 courses in Criminal Justice)


CJ220: Criminal Justice Systems
CJ342: Juvenile Delinquency (Civic,Critthink)
CJ343: Criminology


8 additional credits in criminal justice