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If you have a passion to serve and an interest in the law, security, and justice, then a career in the field of criminal justice is a perfect course of study for you.

As a student of criminal justice and criminology, you’ll gain an understanding of the dimensions and causes of crime and delinquency, the structure of the American criminal justice system, the philosophies and practices of various correctional programs, and the techniques and theories of law enforcement.

But an education at Ball State is much more than classrooms and labs. Here, you’ll study in a living–learning community through immersive learningresearch opportunities, and real world internships. You’ll learn from some of the best professors in the country, all of whom have real criminal justice experience, to become a professional in your field.

We offer associate, bachelor's and master's degrees, and certificate programs, for students seeking a career in criminal justice, as well as minors should you wish to enhance your major.

And our dedication to you doesn’t end at graduation. We have criminal justice honor societiessocial organizations, and career fairs to help you make connections with working professionals and agencies to land the perfect job.