Criminal Justice

Why do individuals engage in crime and how are criminals created? How do our values as a society impact criminal behavior and crime? What are some of the biggest challenges facing today’s criminal justice system? Whether you’re interested in a career in local law enforcement or the FBI, working in the court system or becoming an advocate for victims, a degree in criminal justice prepares you for a rewarding career that helps build better communities for us all.

“I hope to work with government agencies or police departments as a forensic psychologist.”

— Jade Meicher '21

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About the Criminal Justice Major

Understanding the Contemporary Issues That Lead to Crime Will Help Us Prevent It

Carroll University’s criminal justice major prepares you to understand the complexity of the criminal justice system and criminal behaviors. The program is rooted in social and criminal justice, sociology and criminology. You’ll be challenged to explore some of the most difficult and immediate concerns facing American society, and think critically about the issues that create an environment where criminal behavior can thrive. You’ll dive into questions that require you to think deeply about the role of punishment as a deterrent, the growing focus on victim’s rights and the impact of rehabilitation and prevention in reducing crime. The field offers a variety of career options, including working in the court system, law, law enforcement, private investigation, community rehabilitation, advocacy, corrections, loss prevention, probation and parole, teaching and graduate school.

Our program builds in time for discussion, group work and field experiences. It explores the history, structure, functions and operations of the primary components in the criminal justice system in the United States including law enforcement, courts and corrections. We analyze current issues such as sentencing practices, disparities in sentencing related to race and ethnicity and alternatives to incarceration. There are opportunities to investigate the experiences of victims in the system and the victim offender relationship, and connect the interrelationships between criminal behavior and societal factors such as drug use and abuse, family dynamics, poverty and delinquency.

Carroll’s criminal justice program is structured so you can double major or double minor and still graduate in just four years. Suggested options include psychology, forensic science, professional writing, communication and organizational leadership.


In addition to the major, Carroll offers a minor in criminal justice that complements many areas of study:


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Local and federal law enforcement agencies
  • Public defender’s office
  • Law firms
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • District attorneys' offices
  • Probation and parole departments
  • Wisconsin Department of Justice
  • Juvenile treatment centers
  • Corporate and private sector security positions
  • Attorneys' offices
  • Pretrial and jail division


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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“The criminal justice major at Carroll University can be very rewarding…”

— Skyler Feuerstein '20

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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Jennifer Huck

Dr. Jennifer Huck

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Chair of the Department of Communication and Sociology
Dr. Kelly Pinter

Dr. Kelly Pinter

Lecturer in Criminal Justice and Sociology
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