Social Sciences Majors

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice major is designed to give you an understanding of both the criminal justice system in America and the primary psychological, social, and moral issues of concern to those who work in the field. It’s a major for those interested in the interrelationships of institutions, society, and individual freedoms and responsibilities.

Grand View University has just launched our new 2+2 program, which allows transfer students with an A.A., A.S. or an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice (with any emphasis) to complete their Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree in two years or less! With about 30 credits to take in the major, varying by student, students can manage their course load by being either part-time or full-time. The program can be done at our main Des Moines campus or our Johnston campus.

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Courses and Requirements

For freshman and transfer students without an associate's degree

Prerequisite Courses:

  • Statistics for Social Sciences OR
  • Principles of Statistics
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology

Departmental Courses Required of All Majors:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice and Ethics
  • Race and Ethics Relations
  • Corrections and Penology
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Problems
  • Criminological Theory
  • Abnormal Pscyhology
  • American Constitutional Law and Development
  • Juvenile Justice and Gangs
  • Research Methods for the Social Sciences
  • Police and the Courts
  • Forensic Socio-Psychology
  • Internship
  • Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation
  • Senior Seminar

Six or more credits from the following AND/OR Topics in Criminology:

  • Intro to Public Administration
  • Crime and the Media
  • Women and Crime
  • Serial Killers
  • Violence in the Workplace
  • The Sociology of the Weird and Bizarre
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dysfunctional Family
  • Divorce in America
  • White Collar Crime
  • Homeland Security and Law Enforcement
  • Topics in Nonviolence
  • Independent Study
  • Special Topics AS NEEDED

Check out the new 2+2 course requirements HERE.

For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

Career Options

Graduates of the Criminal Justice program at Grand View can apply for jobs in all areas of law enforcement.
• Police Officer
• FBI Agent
• Juvenile/Adult Probation Officer
• IRS Agent
• Private Insurance Investigation
• DNR Officer
• Corrections Officer
• Iowa Department of Commerce Investigator
• Private Security Officer
• Postal Inspector
• DCI Officer


Students pursuing a Criminal Justice degree have the opportunity to work on internships at various criminal justice agencies in Des Moines and the surrounding areas. The internship is an academic experience in a career-related work setting supervised jointly by Grand View and an associated employer. It is an application of classroom experience to the work setting. A maximum of six credits may be earned from internship.

Students have complete internships in many area businesses: Mainstream Living Inc., Fifth Judicial District-Dept. of Corrections, Polk/Warren County Juvenile court, Iowa Department of Human Services and the Altoona Police Department.


Get involved by joining the Criminal Justice Club!
Sponsor: Dr. Ahmadu Baba-Singhri
Rasmussen, Room 129

Reference Documents

2015-16 Requirements

Criminal Justice Major

2014-15 Requirements

Criminal Justice Major

2013-14 Requirements

Criminal Justice Major

2012-13 Requirements

Criminal Justice Major

2010-12 Requirements

Criminal Justice Major