College of Professional Studies

Criminal Justice Concentration

In the criminal justice concentration, you will learn about public, nonprofit, and private institutions that deal with criminal justice activity in our country, including legal, correctional, and law enforcement fields. You will sharpen your critical thinking and communication skills to analyze and develop responses to improve criminal justice in our society.

Purdue University Fort Wayne professors prioritize community engagement by involving their students in out-of-class projects, such as raising awareness about domestic violence and working with nonprofit agencies to develop resources to reduce violence. Additionally, internships are strongly recommended because they give you the opportunity to apply classroom theory and techniques and network with professionals in your field. The Department of Public Policy partners with a variety of criminal justice-related agencies in northeast Indiana to create meaningful internships.

Minor in Criminal Justice

This minor offers you the opportunity to become more knowledgeable in the field of criminal justice. This minor can enhance the career opportunities for liberal arts and other majors. It is available to students who are enrolled in baccalaureate programs other than the Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs with a concentration in criminal justice policy degree program.

Please contact Leslie Clark in Neff 243 for the appropriate degree requirements.

Criminal Justice Tentative Course Schedule

Criminal Justice Minor

Photo of Professor Joespeter Mbuba, Ph.D., with students.Professor Jospeter Mbuba, Ph.D., engages his students in class while examining criminal justice issues.

Photo of Marysia Zilka, Class of 2014

Student Testimonial

“Another reason why I have chosen the Department of Public Policy is because of the class types. I get to learn about things that matter to me, like politics, the criminal justice system, and current economic issues. In class, we get to learn firsthand how processes work. One of my favorite class activities is pretending to be a member of the court, like the judge, defendant, or jury, and determining sentences and other outcomes. Students get a good grasp of how it is in real life. The world of criminal justice is exciting and always changing. I find myself enjoying my classes. Because of all the resources, skills and techniques I have learned, and opportunities, I feel like when I graduate I will be prepared for a job that will make a difference.”

Marysia Zilka, Criminal Justice Major, Class of 2014