Criminal Justice


About the Program

Olivet’s criminal justice program enables graduates to pursue responsible careers in law enforcement and corrections, emphasizing crime prevention and the reduction of violence in our society. You’ll develop a deep sense of social justice and responsibility by examining the causes of violence and crime, including moral and social processes, while taking into accounts the role of pathology, socialization, employment and community support.

Professionally Focused

Our instructors have decades of combined professional experience in police work, prisons, crime scene investigation and more. As a juniors or senior, you are able to enroll in an accredited police academy and receive credit toward your Olivet degree.

Choose Your Path

At The University of Olivet, 100% of criminal justice students complete an internship, helping to build your resume and make you career-ready. Criminal justice students have two tracks of study to choose from:

  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections

Internship Opportunities

Below are some of the criminal justice organizations students have the opportunity to learn from through internships:

  • Albion Public Safety
  • Battle Creek Police Department
  • Battle Creek Forensic Lab
  • Branch County Juvenile Court
  • Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office
  • Calhoun County Juvenile Home
  • Calhoun County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Charlotte Police Department
  • Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Counties throughout Michigan (foster care, child protective services and licensing)
  • Dowagiac Public Safety
  • Eaton County Sheriff’s Office
  • Eaton County Juvenile Facility
  • Eaton County 56th Judicial District Juvenile Probation
  • Eaton County 56th Judicial District Adult Probation
  • Eaton Rapids Police Department
  • Evelyn Calogero Law Office (Olivet)
  • Hillsdale County Juvenile Court
  • Ingham County Sheriff’s Office
  • Ingham County Animal Control
  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
  • Jackson County Juvenile Facility
  • Kent County Juvenile Facility
  • Marshall Police Department
  • Michigan Department of Corrections
  • Michigan State Police
  • Michigan State Police Crime Lab (Lansing)
  • Peckham Inc. (Footprints) vocational training for youth with barriers to employment
  • Probation/Parole Offices throughout Michigan (MDOC)

Below is a sampling of Criminal Justice courses offered. A full listing of courses can be found in the Academic Catalog on page 103.

Courses in the Program

CJ 240 - Psychology of Incarceration
CJ 360 - Criminal Investigations
CJ 430 - Crime Scene Investigations
CJ 440 - Defense Tactics/Physical Training
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