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Criminal Justice

Demand Criminal Justice! Kansas Degree

Earn a Criminal Justice Degree

Develop initiatives to make communities around the nation safer.

As the rise of crime brings a continual need for law enforcement and community advocacy, you can expect our private university program to teach you a variety of skills needed to reduce crime and bring citizens together. With practical, hands-on learning, including field trips and mock crime scenes, you will feel confident to meet the demands that come with a criminal justice career.

Our faculty works to place you in co-op opportunities that not only build your resume but also help you find a career. A number of guest speakers and professionals in the area assist in guiding you and preparing you for the real world. While many of our students go straight into the workforce, a large population pursue graduate degrees in Criminal Justice, Social Work, Public Administration and Law.

About Our Faculty

Criminal Justice Department

Our faculty and staff have the knowledge and experience to help you prepare for a career in criminal justice. If you need clarification on a class assignment or advice on how to approach your future, you can feel confident that our faculty is available and ready to help.

Dr. Jill Fort has been named a 2016 Faculty of Distinction Honoree by the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA). Dr. Fort has served at Newman University since 2006. She is currently the Chair of the Division of Social Studies as well as the Faculty Athletic Representative and served as the university’s first Title IX coordinator.

Job Outlook

While pursuing a degree in criminal justice, you can expect a promising future. The criminal justice field is expected to grow 4% between 2014 and 2024, according to the Bureau Labor of Statistics. Our students are prepared to meet the expected demands of both legal and criminal justice systems.


A degree in criminal justice will give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and specialties related to criminal justice. Here are some examples of potential careers and their median salaries:

  • Crime Scene Investigator ($79,620 a year)
  • Forensic Accountant ($65,940 a year)
  • Paralegal ($50,280 a year)
  • Private Investigator ($45,610 - $85,190 a year)


Our criminal justice students have the opportunity to gain real-world experience by interning in the Wichita community. Criminal justice students from Newman University have completed internships at local organizations including the following: Juvenile Detention Center, Wichita Police Department, and the U.S. Marshals.

Get Involved on Campus

One of the best ways to find success during your college career is to get involved in campus clubs and organizations. Within our criminal justice program, our students can join The Justice League. This organization allows for personal growth, networking, and future career success.

Program Outcomes


Student Reflection - Anonymous

"I found myself taking the two-day course on serial killers and other murders taught by none other than Dr. Jill Fort, simply for the upper-division credit. The following week I went and met with Dr. Fort and changed my major to Criminal Justice and never looked back."

Student Reflection - Anonymous

“Dr. Fort has helped me to become a better student, and has encouraged me to go transform society."

"You may be paying a little more at Newman, but you’re getting an experience that you can’t get at any other institution. You get more sense of a family. You’re one of few instead of just one of many. You aren’t just another face in the crowd. "

Bryan Jenzing

"I expected a close community and that's really what I got, and I got a faculty that really, really cared.


Dylan Van Dorien