B.A. Criminal Justice

Major Minor

With a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Concordia University, Nebraska, you’ll learn to use scientific perspectives and methodologies to examine society’s response to crime in local communities and around the world. 

Here, you’ll 

  • Examine the moral and ethical issues that arise when dealing with crime and justice. 
  • Discuss how we can improve the justice system for the future. 
  • Receive hands-on learning experiences through internships and class projects. 
  • Better understand the careers that a degree in criminal justice can offer you. 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the field of criminal justice and the society in which it functions. 

Criminal Justice Courses

120 credit hours
98% career outcome rate1
18:1 Student-to-faculty ratio

Serve the criminal justice system with the knowledge, principles and ethics necessary to successfully protect and uphold the law.

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Program Highlights


At Concordia University, Nebraska, you will be prepared for a career in criminal justice or further education such as earning your social work or law degree. 

A dedicated crime scene house located near campus means you can experience forensic science first-hand and train to investigate real-world crime scenes. 


Concordia students have interned with organizations such as: 

  • FBI 
  • Seward Police Department  
  • Seward County Court System  
  • Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department  
  • Nebraska State Penitentiary  
  • Nebraska Department of Corrections’ Diagnostic and Evaluation Center 
  • Lancaster County Drug Court
  • Seward County Attorney's Office


As experts in criminal justice, our faculty and instructors bring years of experience to the classroom. 

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Meet our students

Monica Reed
Carthage, New York

I want to work on the public service side of criminal justice. I want to be a figure of stability in a community. If I have the opportunity to be someone people can trust in stressful situations, I want to pursue that.


Concordia University, Nebraska is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Degree Goals

A criminal justice graduate from Concordia University, Nebraska will be able to:  

  • Read, analyze and apply criminal justice texts, laws and cases. 
  • Gain basic knowledge of criminal and civil laws and judicial procedures. 
  • Examine the moral codes and ethical decisions involved when working within the justice system. 
  • Be prepared to work in the criminal justice field with sensitivity and recognition of cultural and socioeconomic differences. 

Human and Social Sciences Minors

  • Criminal Justice 
  • Gerontology 
  • Pre-Law 
  • Psychology 
  • Sociology 


Career Outcomes

Correctional Officer 

  • Oversee individuals who have been arrested and are serving time in jail or prison 
  • Enforce rules and keep order 
  • Maintain security by settling disputes between inmates 
  • Aid in the rehabilitation of offenders 

Forensic Scientist 

  • Aid criminal investigations by collecting evidence at crime scenes 
  • Analyze evidence in a lab 

Police Officer  

  • Protect and serve the citizens in your county, region or city 
  • Enforce the law by arresting criminals and preventing crimes 


  • Assist a lawyer or team of lawyers 
  • Draft documents, conduct legal research and investigations 
  • Assist during trials 
  • Collect evidence to be used in court 


  • Represent clients in criminal and civil litigations and other legal proceedings
  • Draw up legal documents and advise clients on legal transactions


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