What will I learn?

The Criminology and Criminal Justice Program prepares students for careers in the fields of corrections, law enforcement, juvenile justice, and private security—and in other areas ranging from private security management to private investigation.

The program provides students with a rewarding academic experience in and out of the classroom.

Coursework in the major covers the criminal justice system, criminal behavior, criminal law, criminal justice administration, and the relationship of these topics to the larger society.

Specialized courses (or symposia) are offered to address specific needs and interests in areas such as homicide investigation, terrorism, and women and minorities in the criminal justice system.

In addition, all students participate in internships with criminal justice agencies. These internships provide real-work experiences that can lead to jobs in the field following graduation.

Students benefit from classes taught by award-winning faculty who hold doctorates in criminal justice, jurisprudence, sociology, and psychology. Many have experience in the field as police and correctional administrators, prosecutors, probation officers, criminal investigators, correctional counselors and therapists, and criminal justice planners.

Facilities include a forensic laboratory, which offers opportunities for hands-on investigations.

The department sponsors activities and conferences that enable students to interact with other students and professionals in the field—and also sponsors a chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the national criminal justice professional fraternity. Additional opportunities are available through the department’s partnerships with agencies, universities, and organizations located in Indiana—and throughout the world.

In addition, the department participates in an annual career fair that enables students to explore employment opportunities with recruitment representatives from criminal justice agencies in Indiana—and throughout the United States.

Careers

Our graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in law enforcement and corrections agencies—and in other areas ranging from private security management to private investigation. The program also is preparation for law school or for advanced degrees in criminology and criminal justice or a related discipline.

Our students pursue careers in local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies, as well as in the private sector. Graduates of our program are employed as police officers and police administrators, professionals in adult and juvenile correctional programs, probation and parole officers, federal agents, security officers and consultants, criminal justice trainers, and educators.

Others serve as professional staff in the offices of medical examiners, prosecutors, and courts.

Many have found careers in the private economy as security professionals and as investigators for insurance companies, banks, and law firms.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 credits)

Tuition fees
US$20,582.00 per year
This annual fee is based on 12-18 credit hours per semester; USD $24,334 for over 18 credit hours per semester
Start date

11 January 2022, 16 August 2022

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

Stalker Hall, Room 200,

621 Chestnut Street,

TERRE HAUTE,

Indiana,

47809, United States

Online/Distance (120 credits)

Tuition fees
US$20,582.00 per year
This annual fee is based on 12-18 credit hours per semester; USD $24,334 for over 18 credit hours per semester
Start date

11 January 2022, 16 August 2022

Entry requirements

For international students

The freshman Indiana State University application is for entering freshmen who are (or soon will be) high school graduates and have not attended another college after graduating from high school. High school students may apply to Indiana State University any time after completion of their junior year in high school.

English Language Requirements:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A minimum iBT score of 61; a minimum CBT score of 173; or a minimum paper-based score of 500
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum score of 6.0 (or higher)
  • ELS Language Training Program: successful completion of level 112 (or higher)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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