The criminal justice program at Olivet College enables graduates to pursue careers in law enforcement and corrections, emphasizing crime prevention and the reduction of violence in our society. Students examine the causes of violence and crime, including moral and social factors, while taking into account the role of pathology, socialization, employment and community support.
Olivet College is one of few colleges in the nation to offer a minor in forensic science. While majoring in chemistry, you will also complete coursework in crime scene processing, criminal investigation, criminal law and police procedure.
Typical careers related to the criminal justice major include working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; state crime labs; insurance companies; Friend of the Court; corrections; juvenile case work; probation/parole officers; justice administration; and other human service occupations. The major also provides a solid foundation for those interested in graduate work in criminal justice, law, social work, criminal justice administration and related areas.
Click below is an overview of courses associated with our criminal justice major. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.
Click below is an overview of courses associated with this minor. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.
For an official description of courses and degree requirements for the 2020-21 academic year, please reference our academic catalog.
Currently, I am a police officer with Wayne State University in the heart of downtown Detroit. I am assigned to the K-9 unit and currently work with the two best partners I could ask for — their names are Bruno and Wolverine. We have been involved in countless precautionary explosive sweeps of nearly every event in Detroit, including Red Wngs, Pistons and Lions games, concerts, fireworks and even presidential visits. We have had the opportunity to meet many celebrities and business leaders like Kid Rock, Dan Gilbert, Mike Illitch and the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox. It has been a great experience, and I consider it the greatest honor of my life.
I chose Olivet College for many reasons. I think the top of that list has to be the small-town, family-feel to the campus. While walking through campus, I was sure to know at least 10 people by name. Another reason why I am so glad that I chose OC is for the criminal justice program — it is second to none! The professors are extremely knowledgeable in the field and they care about their students. I built a very strong relationship and mentorship with Dr. Regina Armstrong, who is the head of the CJ program. She is still a mentor of mine today, and she has helped shape my love for the CJ profession.