A major in Criminal Justice emphasizes teaching students to find the balance between individual rights and public order. It prepares students for jobs in law enforcement, probation/parole, or corrections by teaching critical thinking. Vital characteristics of Criminal Justice students are honesty, integrity, judgment, and a sense of responsibility.
- Criminal Justice
Merel Pickenpaugh, Department Chair of Criminal Justice, has a B.A. in History and Political Science from Olivet Nazarene University and an M.A. in Public/Correctional Administration from The Ohio State University. Pickenpaugh, before coming to MVNU, spent eight years as Director of the Pretrial Diversion Program, twenty years as the Chief Probation Officer of Licking County, Ohio, and five years as State Parole Officer for Ohio. In 2004, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Read More
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The MVNU Experience
At MVNU, you will be prepared for your chosen field through rigorous coursework, dynamic classroom experiences, research opportunities, internships, field trips, and much more. Criminal Justice courses are taught by knowledgeable and reputable Criminal Justice professionals with years of experience, adding depth and vitality to the classroom.