Criminal Justice Major

Becoming a police officer or detective is personally rewarding work that also helps your community. But to protect and serve, you must first learn how to do it well.

What You'll Study

Our Criminal Justice majors study the law inside and out, and how best to protect citizens under those laws. Many students also choose to go on to law school after earning their degree.

We're the only university in Ohio where you can practice your CSI aspirations firsthand. Criminal Justice and Forensic Science majors have a five-room crime scene laboratory to analyze mock crime scenes. It's one of only six in the country.

Our students also get the opportunity to integrate academic studies with the daily operations of a forensic science related facility through our required internship program their senior year. Each of the required six semester hours translates to 45 on-site hours in the field. For more about our internship program, see the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Internship Manual*.

You can also get a head start on finding a job as a police officer. Our department offers a full-service police academy, Basic Police Officer Training. After finishing, you're certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice available for this major. 


All Criminal Justice students complete the general degree requirement. You will also choose one of the following five tracks to enhance your degree:

Minors and Certificate

Internships and Jobs


  •  Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court
  •  CIRV, Community Initiative to Reduce Violence
  •  Adult Parole Authority
  •  Juvenile Justice Center Boys Program


  •  Federal Bureau of Investigation
  •  Sarasota County
  •  Ohio State Highway Patrol
  •  Mill Creek MetroParks
  •  Columbus Police Department

One More Thing

The Criminal Justice program at YSU is phenomenal. Not only are the classes very interesting, we have some of the best professors teaching them. It's nice when a professor's goal is to see you succeed; we all matter, and we all strive for success."

Laurie Bridge, Class of 2016