Criminal Justice at Dordt
Be challenged. Be changed.
Do you enjoy helping others and have an appreciation for the law? Do you have dreams of becoming a police officer, probation officer, forensic scientist, prison chaplain, or judge? If so, Dordt’s criminal justice major is the program for you.
As a criminal justice major, you will take classes in forensics, political science, law, psychology, and social work. These classes will prepare you to face whatever challenges might be thrown at you in your future career.
Criminal justice can be a challenging career due to our fallen world. Dordt’s program will teach you how to work with a Christian mindset, showing guidance and the love of Christ to others who need it while seeking justice for the oppressed.
We nurture mental development through a broad range of courses in which you’ll learn key concepts needed to work in the field. We’ll encourage you to go beyond the basic facts and learn to think critically about justice both in America and abroad. We’ll also help you develop insight into the how and the why of what you will do.
We’ll help you develop your writing and speaking skills. These are essential in the profession, and the ability to communicate effectively and clearly can make the difference between receiving a promotion and being passed over.
We nurture spiritual development both in and out of class. We’ll strive to nurture in you the spiritual strength that will let you confidently assert with the psalmist, “I will fear no evil, for you are with me."
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. And you will get the opportunity to learn from industry experts and participate in hands-on activities like processing a crime scene. We also take your learning off-campus, with the chance to experience a firearms training simulator and visit a penitentiary. You’ll also complete a field experience, interning with an organization in the criminal justice field.
Dordt’s program takes an interdisciplinary approach to criminal justice education. You’ll take classes in the psychology, social work, political studies, and the health and human performance departments. Other classes may be applicable as well, depending on your anticipated career. Just as your core curriculum at Dordt will help you appreciate the broad scope of God’s work in both his people and his creation, your core criminal justice classes will give you a broad understanding of many different areas within criminal justice.
As a criminal justice major, you can learn from faculty with a variety of experience. For example, our department chair Jon Moeller is a retired FBI agent who worked national investigations such as responding to the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon and the DC sniper killings. Prior to his work in the FBI, he served as a 24/7 undercover detective for three years. Hear from Professor Moeller about his work serving in law enforcement and as now the president of the Iowa and Nebraska chapter of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), and how his faith and work as a law enforcement officer correlate.
Read about some of the opportunities our classes offer.