The Criminal Justice major is an interdisciplinary social science curriculum that is focused on the development of practical skills and knowledge for professional careers in the justice field. Students’ studies focus on law enforcement, corrections, courts, juvenile justice, criminology, victimology, and research methods to study crime, criminal and abnormal behavior, and society’s response to these dynamics. Criminal Justice majors are encouraged to take Spanish in their general studies program.

Contact Information


Greg Galardi, D.B.A
ggalardi@peru.edu
(402) 872-2232

Office of Admissions
admissions@peru.edu
1-800-742-4412 option 1
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Program Faculty

Amber Mahan
Ph.D.
(402) 872-2426
amahan@peru.edu
Danny Hayes
M.F.S
(402) 872-2307
dhayes@peru.edu
Ronicka Schottel
M.S.C.J., M.PA.
(402) 872-2308
rschottel@peru.edu

Core Classes:

CJUS 110 Survey of Criminal Justice
CJUS 220 Introduction to Corrections
CJUS 230 Policing
CJUS 308 Community-Based Corrections
CJUS 330 Research Methods
CJUS 340 Criminal Procedures & the Courts
CJUS 360 Criminology
CJUS 385 Victimology
CJUS 401 Homeland Security
CJUS 410 Juvenile Delinquency
CJUS 495 Seminar in Criminal Justice

Required Program Prerequisites:

CMIS 101 Information Systems Concepts and Applications
PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 201 Principles of Sociology

Requirements for Criminal Justice Law and Society Option (select 8):

BUS 251 Legal Environment and Contract Law
BUS 252 Commercial Law
BUS 353 Organizational Ethics
BUS 493 Leadership of Teams and Organizations
PSCI 201 American National Government
PSCI 202 State and Local Government
PSCI 426 American Constitutional Law
PSCI 468 Public Administration
SOC 300 Contemporary Social Problems
CJUS 190 Criminal Law
CJUS 441 Criminal Justice Internship

Careers:

Bailiff
Computer Forensics
Correctional Officer
Correctional Treatment Specialist
Court Clerk
Crime Lab Analyst
Crime Scene Investigator
Fire Investigator
Forensic Accountant

Professional Organizations:

National Criminal Justice Association
American Criminal Justice Association
American Correctional Association
International Association of Women Police
American Society of Criminology
Forum on the Advancement of Court Technology
National Association of Attorneys General
National Sheriffs’ Association