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Department of Psychology, Criminal Justice, & Law Enforcement

Criminal Justice Minor

Criminal justice students
Department of Psychology, Criminal Justice, & Law Enforcement

Criminal Justice Minor


  • Minor
  • Undergraduate

22 credits

required for minor

22 credits

22 credits

required for minor

The criminal justice minor provides a background in criminology, corrections, and relevant legal issues. You'll gain practical knowledge of law enforcement and psychology by examining the policies, principles, and social dynamics that shape the system of law.

Criminal justice minor may be the right degree for you if you

  • have a passion for serving the public
  • desire to understand the minds of criminals
  • want a career working in law enforcement
  • have an interest in law

Why study criminal justice at Northwestern?

For those considering working within or alongside law enforcement, this minor could help prepare you through classroom learning and networking with instructors who are current and former practitioners in the field. At Northwestern, you'll approach law enforcement and criminal justice with a heart of ministry. Our small classes allow our faculty to encourage you to grow in your faith while you minister to others.

What will I learn?

You will learn to analyze and develop critical thinking skills and an appreciation for the law.

My advice to new students would be to just start networking as soon as possible. It is standard with any job, but it is really important in the criminal justice field. Try to get your name out there in the field. Also, request to do multiple ride alongs in patrol cars or job shadowing to really get some experience before you graduate.
Miranda Zimmer
Department of Psychology, Criminal Justice, & Law Enforcement - Class of 2018

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