Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program is a flexible, 39 credit hour program, divided into core and elective components, that responds to a variety of student needs. Whether your interests are with law enforcement, the court system, corrections or graduate school, this program provides flexibility that permits you to choose courses that will help you get to where you want to be.

Degrees Offered See the program-specific requirements. (PDF)

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Prominent Careers

There are a variety of career opportunities available for students working toward, or graduates who have completed, a degree in Criminal Justice from Newman University, including:

  • Law enforcement
  • The court system
  • Forensics
  • Corrections
  • Probation or parole

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Flexible Day and Evening Course Offerings

A mix of day and/or evening courses are available to accommodate students busy schedules.  The Criminal Justice major can be completed either in the day or in the evenings.  All courses required for the major are incorporated into a two year rotation.  This makes the program readily available to nontraditional and traditional students alike.

Two-Year Rotation

The Criminal Justice program offers a rotation of both day and evening courses that permit students to start at any time, with the knowledge that courses for the major will be offered over a two-year period. The two-year rotation may be especially helpful for transfer students who already have two years of coursework completed. Four-year students can take advantage of the rotation as well, all while completing their general eduation requirements.  Either way, the program can match the pace that student’s need.

Cooperative Education Opportunities

Faculty members work closely with students who choose to explore a placement experience in the criminal justice system.  Placements can occur in the areas of probation, law enforcement, or corrections. These experiences are usually planned during a students senior year and help students test an area of interest for future employment.  Frequently, the placement provides connections that facilitate employment at either the students selected, or a related, site. 

Hands on Activities

Many of the concepts learned in the classroom are reinforced by hands on and activity based learning.  Examples include: mock crime scenes, field searches, and plea bargaining activities.

The Justice League

The Justice League is a recently created service and social organization consisting of any Newman University student who has an interest in the Criminal Justice system.  The Justice League hosts field trips to local and regional correctional facilities, offers a variety of guest speakers, and even began a summer softball league.  Some recent outings include trips to the Segwick County Juvenile Detention Center, the Juvenile Residential Facility, and the Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center.  We have also gone to the Sedgwick County Detention Facility several times.  Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month, during the regular academic year, at 12:05 p.m. in Eck Hall Room 120.  Any and all Newman students are welcome to attend.

Western Kansas

You can now complete a Criminal Justice degree through Newman while living in Dodge City or Garden City.  Newman offers a variety of general education and upper division credit hours online or via interactive television.  Please feel free to visit our Western Kansas website at if you have any questions about the program.