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Criminal Justice Department

A criminal justice degree opens doors to a variety of challenging and rewarding careers. Are you interested in public-service occupations such as law enforcement, corrections, probation, military intelligence, homeland security or the courts systems? How about private-sector opportunities in loss prevention, corporate security or insurance and fraud investigation? Or do you have your sights set on law school or other graduate programs? Our small, personalized courses are taught by professors with real-world experience. For your flexibility, many courses are offered online or at convenient times on campus.

Experience learning

Criminal justice students can choose courses that provide hands-on training in a crime lab setting utilizing audiovisual programs and aids, fingerprint kits, drug identification and handwriting analysis. There are several internship options to pursue in your junior or senior year. You can also learn about other cultures and justice systems through opportunities to study in South Africa, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

Career excellence

Graduates of NMU criminal justice programs have gone onto become police officers and administrators, game wardens, juvenile delinquency specialists, corrections officers and loss prevention specialists. They work for local, state and federal agencies. A growing demand also exists in the private security field.

Hands-on experience goes beyond the classroom. Other institutions, like the U.S. Coast Guard, sometimes come in and work with students on investigating crime scenes. The criminal justice department has two Facebook pages: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/nmucjdept">Criminal Justice Department</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NMULP">Loss Prevention Management Program</a>.

Degrees Offered

What you'll do at NMU

Join the student Criminal Justice Association and get involved in group learning and community service. Go on “ride alongs” with police officers, visit criminal justice agencies and tour the maximum-security Marquette Branch Prison. Volunteer at the annual Kaleidoscope event in the Superior Dome to fingerprint young children or assist with security at NMU concerts and other special events. NMU also conducts a police academy leading to certification asa law enforcement officer in Michigan and recognized by many other states. Our 16-week academy can be taken for college credit. It provides training in such areas as firearms, precision driving, police tactics, defensive tactics, domestic violence, traffic enforcement and criminal law.

Criminal Justice Departmentcj@nmu.edu906-227-2660

If you have college credit and want to find out what will transfer to NMU, please visit www.nmu.edu/transfercredit