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Criminal justice faculty member working with students and inmates. Photo taken pre-COVID.

Criminal Justice, B.A., B.S.

Grand Valley criminal justice students focus on crime and violent behavior from viewpoints grounded in the traditional humanities and the social sciences. Although they are schooled in the practical knowledge and skills they will need in the profession, students also receive thorough preparation in the arts and sciences.

Alumni Working in Their Field

71% of GVSU criminal justice alumni work in their field.

Michigan Criminal Justice Jobs

More than 12,500 criminal justice jobs were available in Michigan in 2019.

National Job Growth

Criminal justice opportunities are projected to grow 4% in the U.S. by 2025.

Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

Grand Valley's unique combination of practical skills training within the context of a liberal arts education prepares graduates for a wide range of careers. The following degrees are offered to criminal justice majors:

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Why Study Criminal Justice at Grand Valley?

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Program Details