Criminal Justice at Messiah College
Restorative justice is at the heart of the criminal justice major at Messiah College.
The criminal justice program at Messiah College will equip you to be an agent of social change and will encourage you to actively work toward what one sociologist calls “the good society.” Study the causes and responses to crime and the many criminology theories associated with it.In this liberal arts and professional major, you also will study issues related to crime and justice from the restorative justice perspective and will grow in how you think about responsible citizenship. Steeped in biblical principles, restorative justice seeks healing, wholeness and reconciliation for all parties touched by crime.
Criminal justice major distinctives
- Gain professional experience through internships with social services agencies and government entities such as police departments, PA state legislature, the U.S. Marshals, adult and juvenile probation, work release facilities, human trafficking organizations, the coroner’s office, and a secure facility for youth offenders.
- Join the Criminal Justice Club.
- Combine your major with a minor in sociology and anthropology, urban studies, gender studies, peace and conflict studies, or a number of other minors.
- Delve into courses ranging from Human Trafficking, to World Justice Systems and Evidence, and Search and Seizure.
- Prepare for a career in judicial services, law enforcement, private security, adult and juvenile probation, adult and juvenile correctional institutions, adult and juvenile parole supervision, victim assistance programs, and community-based correctional and rehabilitation agencies.
- Participate in field experiences in various social service agencies and government entities.
Career options for criminal justice majors
As a graduate of the criminal justice program, students are equipped to secure positions in areas such as:
Adult and juvenile correctional institutions and probation
Local, state and federal law enforcement agency
Adult and juvenile parole supervision Victim assistance programs Community-based correctional and rehabilitation agencies
For more information on career planning for the criminal justice program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.
Internship opportunities for criminal justice majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of criminal justice internships. A few examples include:
Adult and juvenile probation
Secure facility for youth offenders
Work release facilities
PA State Legislature
Human trafficking organizations
Learn more about the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice is housed in the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences. Learn more about the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice by visiting our website, or check out some of the distinctives below.
- High rate of job placement in social service and business.
- High rate of acceptance to graduate schools.
- Faculty hold advanced degrees from quality universities and have extensive practical experience in research and social service programs and administration.
- Social Resource Room available for study, small group meetings and research.
- Innovative approaches to teaching and learning through use of technology and a wide range of classroom experiences.