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Criminal Justice

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.


B.A. in:

  • Criminal Justice
Featured Faculty
Merel Pickenpaugh

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.

"A double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology has actually helped me develop what I want to do in my career: understanding people as well as the criminal justice side of law enforcement."
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Criminal Justice and Psychology
MVNU Grads Work Here
  • United States Air Force
  • Columbus, Ohio Division of Police
  • Marion City Fire Department
Grad Schools Our Alumni Have Attended
  • Suffolk University
  • Wright State University
Interesting Courses I Can Take
  • Criminal Law and Procedures
  • Chemical Dependence and Abuse
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Criminology and Victimology