Do you want to help heal, protect, serve, and restore hope to your community? Are you a good listener? Do you enjoy observing people and places, and trying to solve complex problems with the information you've gathered? Can you put people at ease and remain composed in difficult situations? Continue to build upon your passions with a minor in criminal justice!
The criminal justice program at PLNU prepares you for positions in all facets of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. You will take classes and complete internships that challenge you to explore a variety of different perspectives on poverty, race, discriminations, ethics, and the law. You’ll also wrestle with conflicts in the criminal justice system that result from racial, socioeconomic, and cultural inequity. Faculty with a blend of real-world experience and academic expertise will help you understand the criminal justice system, analyze social patterns, and make connections within society to effectively navigate and change systems for the better. The enhanced problem-solving and critical thinking skills and global knowledge you will acquire will prepare you to be involved at all levels of the criminal justice system, including prevention, protection, prosecution, correction, and restoration.
Other opportunities and resources through the Department of Sociology and Social Work, including networking events, Brewed Awakening, personalized internships, service-oriented clubs, and the Center for Justice and Reconciliation, will allow you to connect and apply your passions in unique and deeper contexts.