Opportunities that launch.
Trinity’s criminal justice program combines the reformational realism of applied love and justice with the matchless intensity of Chicago and Cook County’s communities, courtrooms, and correctional facilities.
Rooted in a restorative justice perspective but critically aware of years and lifetimes of policy and practice, this innovative program offers challenging coursework and keen professors who passionately integrate faith and analysis, preparing students to be professional agents of transformation. Trinity anchors this major’s 12 criminal justice courses and additional social science basic requirements on the firm foundation of the College’s liberal arts curriculum.
What can you do with a criminal justice degree?
Graduates of the criminal justice program are equipped to seek their vocation in:
- Local and state police forces
- Peacemaking, community-building, and justice innovation
- Federal forces like the FBI, TSA, CIA, ATF, and branches of the Department of Homeland Security
- The criminal court system, including court recording and research, mediation services, victim and witness protection, parole and probation offices
- Conventional and alternative punishment systems
- Reintroducing prisoners into civilian society
- A range of reform, advocacy, and victims assistance agencies and groups. An array of non-U.S. national and international opportunities are emerging in this world of conflict, population movement, and legal and illicit global trade. Vocational potential abounds for competent and careful graduates in this field.
The criminal justice program provides a Christian liberal arts and social scientific basis, addressing the field of criminal justice from a biblically restorative perspective. It aims to honor biblical and social bases of law and the need for justly ordered society. Further, it recognizes that laws are not isolated from other social institutions and structures, so that the legal and social justice systems require practitioners who are well educated, resolute, just, and seasoned with Christian love. We seek to provide the criminal justice system with competent and compassionate professionals who afford not only punishment but restoration of those who break laws and even greater restitution for the general society and victims of crimes.
Graduates of this major will have an applied emphasis and will take their places within the criminal justice field with a biblical basis from which to conduct their work in society. They will be prepared to not only labor within existing systems, but also to present alternatives that lead to remediation, rehabilitation, and restoration of justice and peace to the greatest extent possible in an imperfect world.