From protectors to problem solvers

In this interdisciplinary field, you will study sociology, psychology, criminology, public administration, law and political science. Besides learning criminal justice theories and practices, you will be able to:

  • Analyze and critique complex arguments to reach a final conclusion.
  • Examine and document criminal behavior patterns using research methods and principles.
  • Recognize and address social injustices, including racial and socioeconomic biases, in legal and law enforcement systems.

As part of your active learning experience, you will utilize geographic information system (GIS) for crime mapping and other investigation software for crime analysis. 

While law enforcement, criminal investigation, corrections, parole and probation are common job trajectories, you can advance into a career in the legal system, social work, advocacy, politics and government, nonprofit administration or in the public policy sector.

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Adams Center for Law & Society 

Gain invaluable real-world experience as you take an up-close look at the criminal justice system with the help of our Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society.

You’ll get connected with faculty who are also interested in the study of law and society and learn from well-regarded legal scholars that the center brings to campus each year.

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Potential careers

  • Paralegal
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Advocate for Victims & Restorative Justice
  • Homeland Security
  • Police or Safety Officer

Recent employers

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • State Government
  • State Police

Average salary


2021 median pay for detective

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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