​​​​​Criminal Justice​

The criminal justice program at the University of Findlay will put you on the path to a successful and productive career. Graduates with a degree in criminal justice are prepared to pursue a number of careers in areas including, but not limited to:
  • Fraud
  • Juvenile justice
  • Homeland security
  • Corrections
  • Law enforcement
  • Legal Profession
  • Probation
  • Private Sector
  • Governmental agencies

Many believe that a criminal justice bachelor's degree is about becoming a police officer, but there is a vast array of subfields that require the knowledge, skills and judgment that this program prepares you for. 

Are you interested in focusing on fraud investigation and white collar crimes? Click here to learn about our criminal justice white-collar crime and fraud investigation major! 

Our Program

Criminal justice majors benefit from dedicated and caring faculty whose primary focus is on meeting your personal needs and career aspirations beyond obtaining your criminal justice degree through interactive instruction and personalized one-on-one advising.

With a comprehensive interdisciplinary curriculum design, you will be prepared for successful careers in many diverse areas of criminal justice including law enforcement, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice. 

Strong collaborative ties with other academic departments such as Forensic science, Law & Liberal Arts, Political Science and Public Administration allowing you to pursue double majors or minors ​to complement your criminal justice education. Click the links below to view the courses and curriculum for our criminal justice major:

"During my time at the University of Findlay I was able to experience an abundance of fieldwork. I job shadowed the Findlay Police Department, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the Findlay Dispatch, the Findlay K-9 Unit, the Findlay Task Force, the Findlay Juvenile Probation Office and the Celina K-9 Unit. I also was able to obtain an internship for approximately two years." 

- Alyssa McWilliams, Criminal Justice Major


Experiential Learning & Student Engagement

A unique relationship with the Washington Center providing you with opportunities to complete 10- to 15-week internships with federal agencies in Washington D. C. such as the Department of Justice, Office of Homeland Security and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Club

At Findlay, there are many clubs and organizations offered on campus that you can get involved in. With nearly 80, you’re sure to find people that share your interests including the student-run Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Club. 
  • ​Ride- alongs with local police agencies
  • Active participation in real-life law enforcement scenarios through utilization of Firearm Training Simulators
  • Stimulating conversations with professionals and experts in the criminal justice field
  • Tours of male and female prisons and jails and area crime labs

Alpha Phi Sigma - Theta Lambda Chapter

Alpha Phi Sigma is a National Criminal Justice Honor Society and was founded in January, 1942, at Washington State University.  In the tradition of idealism, professionalism and academic excellence, the founder, Dr. V. A. Leonard recognized the need for a police honorary program to promote excellence in student scholarship and performance. It is a platform for outstanding criminal justice students, faculty members and professionals in the criminal justice field should meet together on a basis of common interest, understanding, and helpfulness.

They must have declared a major in the criminal justice or related field and have completed three full time semesters or its equivalent. Students must also attain a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in their cumulative criminal justice classes and rank in the top 30% of their class.​

Our graduates have found employment at a variety of agencies such as:

  • ​​​​Bureau of Criminal Investigation
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • State Medical Board
  • Hancock County Sheriff's Department
  • United States Secret Service
  • United States Border Patrol
  • Lima Correctional Institution
  • Open Arms Domestic Violence Shelter
  • Worth Center for Juvenile Offenders
  • Local police and probation departments