Criminal justice

Criminal Justice

Inspiring safety and security to those around us.

Few pursuits in life are more important than those which ensure the safety and security of families, communities, agencies and organizations. And those who feel called to provide that security are characterized by a special kind of courage and commitment to serving others. Those are the kinds of individuals who thrive in Marian’s criminal justice program.

Criminal justice program video
Inspired to serve the community, students in Marian’s criminal justice program share their stories about how they are working to fill a need in public safety.

Program Information


The purpose of the Baccalaureate program in Criminal Justice is to prepare students to be mature, competent and effective leaders in the criminal justice field and its occupational and organizational settings. The program is committed to promoting and developing in students an understanding of criminal justice related politics and law; a working knowledge of best practices in community development aspects of crime prevention; juvenile probation, detention, and residential treatment; problem-oriented community policing; community corrections; adult probation; prison; prisoner reentry and parole. The program will also promote and develop in students an understanding of multiple perspectives, conflicting values, and the role of research-based knowledge and critical thinking in the criminal justice field.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will develop and promote in others an appreciation for individual diversity of thought and values.
  • Students will use different levels of critical thinking and research-based practices in decision making activity in the criminal justice field.
  • Students will evaluate situations for appropriate application of criminal justice related policies, procedures, and law.
  • Students will establish best practices in key aspects of crime prevention, problem-oriented community policing, and systems of correction and rehabilitation.
  • Students will develop skills of an effective and competent criminal justice leader.
  • Students will develop effective communication skills in order to complete the essential oral and written documentation of the work in the criminal justice field.

The Program
Comprehensive. That, in a word, is a great way to describe the criminal justice program at Marian. As a student in this program, you'll immerse yourself in the three core segments that comprise the American criminal justice system—law enforcement, correctional institutions and social and juvenile justice. You’ll benefit from the years of experience that our faculty bring – many of which are currently working in the field of criminal justice – as well as the extensive hands-on learning and training experiences from research and internship opportunities. Through these experiences, students learn what to expect in the workplace.

General Education Program: 46–49 University requirements

54 credits as follows:
33 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 214 Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
PSY 210 Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis, 3 cr.
CRJ 310 Criminology, 3 cr.
CRJ 325 Corrections, 3 cr.
CRJ 400 Criminal Justice Seminar, 3 cr.
CRJ 420 Race, Gender and Ethnicity, 3 cr.
CRJ 495 Capstone Project in Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
HOS 342 Research Methods, 3 cr.

6 credits from the following:

CRJ 220 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
CRJ 312 Crisis Intervention and Management, 3 cr.
CRJ 340 Principles of Judicial Process, 3 cr.
CRJ 350 Principles of Professional Practice, 3 cr.
PHI 320 Philosophy of Law, 3 cr.

15 credits from any the three groupings below:
Criminal Justice Electives

CRJ 204 Special Topics, 1-3 cr.
CRJ 220 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice, 3 cr.*
CRJ 301 Criminal Investigations, 3 cr.
CRJ 302 Criminal Procedures, 3 cr.
CRJ 303 Law Enforcement Administration, 3 cr.
CRJ 304 Rules of Evidence, 3 cr.
CRJ 306 Understanding Gang Formation and Behavior, 3 cr.
CRJ 307 Crimes against Children, 3 cr.
CRJ 312 Crisis Intervention and Management, 3 cr.*
CRJ 340 Principles of Judicial Process, 3 cr.*
CRJ 350 Principles of Professional Practice, 3 cr.*
CRJ 360 Practicum in Research I, 3 cr.
CRJ 362 Practicum in Research II, 3 cr.
CRJ 394 Criminal Justice Field Experience, 3 cr.
CRJ 404 Special Topics, 1-3 cr.
CRJ 414 Independent Study, 1-3 cr.
CRJ 425 Crime Prevention and Community Relations, 3 cr.
CRJ 457 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems, 3 cr.

Homeland Security Electives
HOS 204 Special Topics, 1-3 cr.
HOS 394 Homeland Security Field Experience, 3 cr.
HOS 404 Special Topics, 1-3 cr.
HOS 405 Critical Perspectives of Disasters, 3 cr.
HOS 407 Critical Perspectives of Terrorism, 3 cr.
HOS 494 Homeland Security Field Experience, 3 cr.
HSL 201 Introduction to Homeland Security, 3 cr.
HSL 204 Special Topics, 1-3 cr.
HSL 212 Homeland Security Resource Management, 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.

Non-Criminal Justice Electives (maximum of 6 credits)
COM 321 Organizational Behavior and Communication, 3 cr.
ENG 312 Advanced Composition, 3 cr.
HIS 206 History of Terrorism, 3 cr.
HIS 207 History of Crime, 3 cr.
PHI 320 Philosophy of Law, 3 cr.
PSY 211 Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr.
PSY 301 Drugs and Behavior, 3 cr.
PSY 308 Theories of Personality, 3 cr.
PSY 330 Forensic Psychology, 3 cr.
SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I, 3 cr.
SPA 102 Elementary Spanish II, 3 cr.
SPA 107 Spanish for Law Enforcement I, 3 cr.
SPA 108 Spanish for Law Enforcement II, 3 cr.
SPA 320 The Hispanic Experience in America, 3 cr.
SWK 101 Introduction to Social Work and Human Services, 3 cr.
THE 205 Peacemaking: Multicultural, Interfaith and Dimensions, 3 cr.

17–20 credits:
University electives

*CRJ 220, CRJ 312, CRJ 340, CRJ 350, and PHI 320 are part of the major requirements. Courses not used to fulfill major requirements may be used as electives.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

As a student in the criminal justice program, you’ll learn not only from outstanding faculty, but 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. You’ll strengthen your understanding of professionalism in the criminal justice field by participating in Marian’s Criminal Justice Club. And you’ll enjoy solid professional connections earned through internships with more than a dozen respected law enforcement, corrections and other criminal justice agencies throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission

Alan Johnson, J.D.
Assistant Professor & Chair
Criminal Justice Department

Marian has established a reputation throughout the state as a leader in the education and training of criminal justice professionals. And our other program offerings—in forensic science and homeland security—will offer you a valuable glimpse into a variety of important areas related to criminal justice.

Admission to university per university standards. For more details regarding this, view Marian's Academic Bulletin.

Whether you’re coming straight from high school, are looking to advance your career or are changing careers altogether, the criminal justice program offers proven results and will get you where you want to go in life. The program’s extensive hands-on preparation provides the ideal foundation for meaningful careers at the federal, state and local levels, working in criminal justice agencies, correctional facilities, security and loss prevention. Some students also use our degree in criminal justice as the foundation and preparation for law school.

The programs offered through the Criminal Justice Department at Marian University have recently been updated to provide for a more robust and diverse educational opportunity. The Criminal Justice Program works closely with other programs, including Forensic Science, Homeland Security, and the broad range of liberal arts programs offered at Marian University to provide students a global perspective on what criminal justice means.

Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson, J.D.
Assistant Professor & Chair
Criminal Justice Department

Ron Lewis, M.S.O.L.M.
Criminal Justice Department

Tricia Fauska, M.S.
Part-time per Course Faculty
Criminal Justice Department

Andy Gill, M.A.E.
Criminal Justice Department

Aaron Goldstein, M.S.
Part-time per Course Faculty & Advisor
Criminal Justice Department

Tim Manzke, Ph.D.
Part-time per Course Faculty
Criminal Justice Department

Lisa McArthur, M.S.O.L.Q.
Criminal Justice Department

Kyra Schallhorn, M.S.
Part-time per Course Faculty
Criminal Justice Department


Fun Fact

Marian University’s official colors are blue and white (Source: Student Handbook, 2013-2014).

Campus Info

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


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