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Criminal Justice Major

The criminal justice program prepares students for careers in law enforcement, corrections, loss prevention, security and related fields, or for graduate work in these areas. Our program gives students a solid foundation in the theory and practice of the criminal justice system's institutions and how they interact with each other. UIndy has partnerships with organizations throughout the city, which gives students a variety of opportunities for fieldwork, internships and interacting with working professionals in their field of interest.

Program strengths

  • Bachelor’s to Badges program, which allows students in the law enforcement concentration to enroll in the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy during their senior year. The University has guaranteed spots in the academy and fees are included in regular tuition.
  • Urban location, which allows students to participate in a variety of real-world experiences right here in Indianapolis.
  • Internship & fieldwork opportunities at local law enforcement and corrections agencies
  • Professors with real-world experience, including a former police lieutenant and Law Enforcement Academy course commander, practicing attorneys, and a former Chicago corrections researcher.
  • Opportunities tailored to students' individual interests and career goals


Criminal justice majors choose a concentration in either law enforcement, corrections, loss prevention or cybersecurity. Concentrations included more focused study in your area of interest.

Law enforcement

The law enforcement concentration prepares students for careers in police departments, security and other related areas. Courses in the law enforcement concentration cover criminal investigation, criminal evidence, and police administration & management.

A key feature of the law enforcement concentration is the Bachelor's to Badges program. Through this unique program, you can enroll in the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy during your senior year. UIndy has guaranteed spots in the academy, and fees are included in UIndy's regular tuition. Completing your law enforcement academy training while still in school can give you an advantage in the job market upon graduation and make you a more attractive candidate to police departments.

The University of Indianapolis Police Department also offers a distinctive cadet training program for Criminal Justice majors. Students who are accepted into this program receive hands-on training and experience from university police in a paid position. In their junior year, they attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, then serve as sworn campus officers in their senior year.


The corrections concentration is designed for students who want to pursue careers in corrections facilities or organizations, including probation and community corrections. Courses in the corrections concentration focus on trends in corrections and the custody, treatment and rights of inmates. In addition, all students complete an internship at a local criminal justice agency.

Loss prevention

The loss prevention concentration is designed for students interested in both criminal justice and business practices. Loss prevention professionals work on issues such as crime prevention, employee safety, data protection, supply chain integrity and crisis management. This interdisciplinary concentration introduces students to crime prevention, investigations, and other facets of criminal justice, in addition to business fundamentals such as finance, management and information systems.


The cybersecurity concentration is ideal for students interested in the fast-growing cybersecurity field or in augmenting their skills for other traditional law enforcement and security work. Courses in this interdisciplinary concentration focus on programming skills, data encryption and data security, computer networks and data structures, coupled with traditional criminal justice classes such as criminal investigations. 

Criminal justice students & grads have interned or worked for:

  • Marion Superior Court Probation Department
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (Shaheen College)
  • Marion County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Marion County Community Corrections
  • Indiana Judicial Center

Potential careers in criminal justice

  • Corrections officers or administrators
  • Government agencies
  • Police and other law enforcement departments
  • Probation officers
  • Loss prevention
  • Private security

Criminal justice might be for you if:

  • You are interested in the many aspects of law enforcement and the justice system
  • You are interested in a career in the police force or another career in law enforcement
  • You are interested in helping communities and individuals become safer
  • You are interested in issues related to security in the private or public sphere
  • You want to work with people and solve important problems
  • You are a leader

Criminal justice minor

Students with other majors can minor in criminal justice. The minor requires CRIM 110 and CRIM 120, nine hours of criminal justice courses, and three hours of social sciences courses.

Curriculum guides

These curriculum guides outline the classes you'll need to take as a Criminal Justice major. The general education curriculum guide lists your class options and requirements to fulfill UIndy's general education requirements, while the Criminal Justice curriculum guide lists the classes needed to major in Criminal Justice. You'll need to look at both guides to get a complete picture of what classes you'll take at UIndy.