Criminal Justice, B.S.

Students interested in a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice may choose a criminal justice specialty or pursue a minor, such as psychology. Pairing criminal justice with a minor in psychology allows you to develop additional skills that can be assets in fields such as corrections, rehabilitative services, or profiling.

Our criminal justice program include courses in criminal investigation, police work, corrections, juvenile justice, police operations, crime scene analysis, criminal profiling and law. To deliver the courses, we rely on a diverse group of professionals in the fields of police work, criminal intelligence, the military, law, probation, juvenile justice, and psychology. These professionals have advanced degrees and specialty training that make them experts in their respective fields. Having professionals in the classroom also allows students to have access to instructors’ real life experiences, firsthand knowledge of the job and career guidance.

Career Opportunities

This program will prepare you for graduate school in psychology or for careers in:

  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Corrections
  • Profiling
  • Law enforcement

A Tech success story

Katelyn Smolucha
Junior, criminal justice major

In October 2018, Katelyn and associate professor of criminal justice, Dr. Tyler Counsil, presented at the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences (IASS) annual conference in New Albany, Indiana. It was the first time a current Indiana Tech criminal justice student presented at a professional organization.

The presentation, “Genealogical Trends in Solving Cold Cases: An Investigation into the Merits and Concerns with Cold Case Lead Development,” was derived from Smolucha’s article, which she wrote over the summer and submitted to the IASS’ peer-reviewed journal. It’s currently under review for possible publication. The presentation and manuscript explore the pros and cons of ancestry DNA data-basing with direct-to-consumer DNA products to develop new leads in cases where traditional investigative methods have generated no suspects.

Smolucha currently interns at Allen County Corrections in the Case Manager Division and is president of Indiana Tech’s Criminal Justice Society. Recently, she completed an internship with Judge Samuel R. Keirns of the Allen County Superior Court.


Earning this degree


This is for students who want a traditional, on-campus college experience.

Course Curriculum

College of Professional Studies

This is for adult students who are interested in taking evening or weekend classes at an accelerated pace.

Course Curriculum