What Are You Inspired to Do?


Criminal Justice

Inspiring a safe, secure community.

You’re inspired to serve the community and fill a need in our nation’s security and safety measures. That’s why you feel called to complete your bachelor’s degree through Marian University’s criminal justice program.

The Program
Through Marian’s criminal justice program, you’ll engage in a challenging curriculum centered on the three segments of the American criminal justice system – law enforcement, correctional institutions and social and juvenile justice. You’ll gain an understanding of the nature of crime, institutions and processes that are in place to assist in preventing or responding to crime. Focused in an accelerated format, the criminal justice program assists you in achieving your personal and professional goals, all while meeting your needs as a working adult.

The Convenience
As part of the criminal justice program, you will find personal, one-on-one support from faculty that will enhance career-related skills. You’ll broaden your perspective by learning alongside many fellow students who bring previous life experience working for criminal justice agencies, police forces, correctional institutions and other settings. In addition, you’ll engage in flexible, convenient courses that meet your needs as a working professional.

The Marian Reputation
Through an applied learning approach, you’ll find Marian’s adult undergraduate program prepares you for career success in a variety of organizations and agencies. You’ll be inspired by personal, one-on-one attention, flexible and convenient course schedules, and caring faculty and staff who will support you in exploring your passion for the criminal justice field.

Criminal Justice

The criminal justice program at Marian University helps provide students with an understanding of the nature of crime, institutions and processes that are in place to assist in preventing or responding to crime. Students cover both theory and practice of the criminal justice system and are suitable for incumbent practitioners in the field who seek to advance their career by earning a bachelor's degree.


Liberal arts core

45 credits:

ENG 230 Professional Composition and Research Writing, 3 cr.

ART xxx Art elective, 3 cr.

MUS xxx Music elective, 3 cr.

ENG xxx Literature elective, 3 cr.

BIO xxx Biological, ecological or environmental science elective, 3 cr.

PHS xxx Physical science, chemistry, meteorology, or physics elective, 3 cr.

MAT xxx Mathematics elective, 3 cr.

SOC xxx Sociology elective, 3 cr.

PSY xxx General Psychology or Human Development, 3 cr.

HIS 114 World History since 1900, 3 cr.

HIS 2xx History elective, 3 cr.

THE 101 Introduction to Christian Theology, 3 cr.

THE 2xx Theology elective, 3 cr.

PHI 130 Philosophy and Values, 3 cr.

PHI 2xx Philosophy elective, 3 cr.

Criminal justice core

36 credits:

CRJ 101 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, 3 cr.

CRJ 102 Constitutional Law, 3 cr.

CRJ 201 Criminal Law, 3 cr.

CRJ 203 Juvenile Law, 3 cr.

CRJ 212 Correctional Institutions, 3 cr.

CRJ 220 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice, 3 cr.

CRJ 301 Criminal Investigation, 3 cr.

CRJ 303 Law Enforcement Administration, 3 cr.

CRJ 305 Community-Based Corrections (Probation/Parole), 3 cr.

CRJ/HOS 310 Criminology, 3 cr.

CRJ/HOS 312 Crisis Intervention and Management, 3 cr.

CRJ 400 Criminal Justice Seminar, 3 cr.

15 credits from the following:

CRJ 306 Understanding Gang Formation and Behavior, 3 cr.

CRJ 307 Crimes Against Children, 3 cr.

CRJ 308 Professional and Crisis Communication, 3 cr.

CRJ 330 Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 3 cr.

CRJ/HOS 350 Principles of Professional Practice Topics, 3 cr.

CRJ 403 Traffic/Patrol Procedures, 3 cr.

CRJ 404 Criminal Justice - Special Topics, 1-3 cr.

CRJ 409 HAZMAT/EMS for Police Officers, 3 cr.

CRJ/HOS 420 Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 3 cr.

HOS 342 Research Methods, 3 cr.

HOS 405 Critical Perspectives of Disasters, 3 cr.

HOS 407 Critical Perspectives of Terrorism, 3 cr.

HSL 201 Introduction to Homeland Security, 3 cr.

HSL 305 Leadership and Organizational Management, 3 cr.

HSL 313 Emergency Planning, 3 cr.

HSL 350 Administrative Law, 3 cr.

HSL 495 Capstone Project in Homeland Security, 3 cr.

PSY 211 Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr.

32 credits:

University electives

Water Drop

Fun Fact

To conserve water and reduce plastic bottle waste, Marian installed four hydration centers as part of their “going green” and sustainability efforts (Source: Marian University Sustainability Committee, 2014).

Campus Info

Marian University - Main Campus
45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699

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