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Major in Criminal Justice

Criminal justice at Dordt will teach you how to engage the field from a Christian perspective so you can enter your career prepared to make a difference for Christ. You'll take classes in forensics, political science, law, psychology, and social work.


At Dordt, you will be surrounded by a community that will help you grow in your faith. Each class is intentionally taught from a Christian perspective and will prepare you to enter the workforce as a Christian leader.

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You’ll be encouraged to take an active role in the learning process—to express your opinion and think critically about the subjects you study. Some things to look forward to:

  • Participate in hands-on activities like processing a crime scene.
  • Complete a field experience, interning with an organization in the criminal justice field.

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A Top Midwest Regional University

Dordt University is ranked number eight on the “Regional Universities (Midwest)” ranking released by the 2023-24 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges and is the top-ranked school in Iowa in the category.

Sample Courses

Dordt’s criminal justice program will prepare you for a career as a police officer, crime scene investigator, corrections manager, FBI agent, and more.

Crime Scene Investigation

Students will learn how to evaluate criminal investigations, learn how to gather evidence and use it to solve crimes, and understand how proper investigation promotes justice.


A theory-based course that studies crime causation, typologies of crime, and crime control. It looks at both historical and modern theories, including those that look to individual, social, and structural causes.

Domestic Preparedness

This course will draw on the roles of police as first responders, emergency management personnel, and protectors of public order. It will encourage students to think critically about learning from the past and being ready to pursue one’s vocation.

"Dordt has placed me in so many situations that have allowed me to see what exactly I am getting into with my career choice. Most importantly, I feel I have all of the tools to make a difference as a Christian within the justice system."

—Courtland King, criminal justice and communication graduate

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"Dordt does an amazing job of making your faith matter. Whether or not your faith is a big part of your life right now, it will be if you spend four years at Dordt. Every class will challenge you, in a good way, to develop your own opinion on cultural issues, and enable you to apply Biblical principles to the world around you."

—Mark Bakker, graduate
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About Dordt

Dordt offers more than 40 undergraduate degree programs, 12 pre-professional programs, an honor's program, and several off-campus study opportunities.

Outside of academics, you can also participate in optional campus ministry activities, including chapel, student-led praise and worship nights, small groups, and more.

We also have scholarship opportunities available for athletics, music, and theatre!

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Dordt, a Christian university in Sioux Center, Iowa, has been ranked a top college in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report and Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education. Dordt draws students from all over the country and the world. Dordt’s top majors include education, business, engineering, agriculture, and nursing. As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life.