Criminal justice

Do you want to make the world a better place? To repair the harm caused by crime? Consider a major or minor in criminal justice.

At Bluffton, the study of criminal justice is an academically rigorous program that embraces the philosophy of restorative justice. Restorative justice emphasizes repairing the harm caused by criminal behavior through cooperative processes including all stakeholders. It is a philosophy that is increasingly accepted by both public and private criminal justice services around the world.

You will develop an internship around specific career goals and receive active, personal oversight from a faculty member. An opportunity to spend a semester in Northern Ireland studying conflict management is available if you are interested in pursuing jobs in the federal government or the international arena.

Graduates from Bluffton's criminal justice program have enjoyed high placement rates in local and state law enforcement agencies and have secured highly competitive jobs in corrections institutions and federal agencies including the United States Secret Service.  >>> occupational outlook


Tajah Upshaw

Our Students

Tajah Upshaw ’21, a criminal justice major from Lima, Ohio, explored the broad stereotypes she and other women of color have experienced. 

"“I wanted to know if other African American women feel the same way I do, and if stereotypes have a big impact on them. ”
>>> Tajah's story


Explore course requirements for:

four-year plans provide guidance to earning a major in criminal justice, beginning in a odd year,  or in an even year

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