Criminal Justice & Restorative Justice Major

Study Criminal Justice & Restorative Justice

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Learn how to approach the criminal justice system using restorative justice. Find ways to bring together offenders, victims, and community members to repair harm and develop solid relationships rightly.

As a graduate with a bachelor’s degree, criminal justice students understand criminal justice history and practices, with a focus on social theories of crime, criminalization, and society.

Our criminal justice and restorative justice program takes an innovative approach

Our criminal justice and restorative justice program takes an innovative approach to the criminal justice field. Rather than emphasize criminal law, punishment, criminal behavior, and retribution, this program focuses on repairing the harm caused by crime. Students will learn how to use restorative justice practices to bring together offenders, victims, and community members to develop positive relationships and resolve conflicts.

Discover a Criminal Justice Program with a Focus on Restorative Justice

Because we focus on criminal justice programs through a restorative justice lens, students will be on the cutting edge of new theories about law enforcement agencies and systems, implementing restorative practices in schools, the workplace, and at a societal level. They will have the opportunity to work inside our local jail and legal system directly with offenders through the Inside-Out Exchange Program, putting a human face on the current criminal justice program.

Gain an Understanding of the History and Practices of the Criminal Justice System

As graduates of our criminal justice and restorative justice program, students will have an understanding of law enforcement administration, history, and practices, with a focus on social theories of criminal psychology, criminal investigation, and society. Restorative and transformative approaches to justice are an integral part of the program and a focus on marginalized groups and the effect of criminal justice systems that neglect or downplay societal factors.

Career Opportunities for Criminal Justice Students

Criminal justice major career opportunities for bachelor’s degree graduates include jobs in fields such as crime scene investigation, law schools, juvenile justice, criminal investigations, federal government, human services, juvenile detention centers, law firms, and public safety.

Get a Criminal Justice Degree from Goshen College

Learn how to approach the court system and criminal activity using restorative justice practices. With a focus on repairing harm and developing positive relationships, this program will give students the skills they need to make a difference in their community.

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Robert Brenneman

Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology
Program Director CJRJ

Regina Shands Stoltzfus

Professor of Peace Justice & Conflict Studies
Director of PJCS

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