Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice major is concerned with the application of knowledge derived primarily from the social sciences. Students gain exposure to the components of the criminal justice system, the value of research and analysis, and the theoretical explanations for 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. 

Simpson criminal justice undergraduates scored in the 99th percentile on the Educational Testing Service’s Major Field Test in Criminal Justice in 2013, 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.

In terms of learning outcomes, 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 major consists of a total of 44 credits, which typically consistes of 7 courses (28 credits) of required “core” courses and the selection of 4 elective courses (or courses totalling16 credits).


Criminal Justice Major and Minor Credit Requirements