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We Serve: Criminal Justice, Training the next generation of police officers, FBI agents, and paralegals

Criminal Justice

As Cardinals, we know some are called to protect the defenseless and defend the unprotected. SVSU takes pride in training the next generation of police officers, FBI agents and paralegals to bring discernment and justice to your community. With over 300 students, the criminal justice program is one of the largest programs on campus. We consider it an honor and a privilege to equip you to serve. It all starts when you apply to SVSU.

Course of Study

SVSU’s criminal justice program provides an interdisciplinary approach to initial training in law enforcement. By examining current trends and policies, coursework will engage subject matter including juvenile justice, correctional policy and treatment, human relations, community corrections and other contemporary issues. In addition, SVSU has a partnership with the Delta College Police Academy to earn dual credit during your last semester at SVSU. For additional details, contact Joseph Jaksa, professor of criminal justice, at or 989-964-2178.

Meet A Cardinal

Sloan Klaski has learned a lesson or two about determination. A trait that will serve him well as he seeks a career in the FBI or DEA. SVSU offered Klaski the chance to not only pursue his law enforcement career goals and follow in the footsteps of so many of his family members before him, but it also gave him the opportunity to step out onto the football field in a Cardinals uniform and play the game he loves every fall.

Student Opportunities

Field work is a critical component to SVSU’s criminal justice degree. In addition, Alpha Phi Sigma and the Criminal Justice Society provide professional recognition and networking opportunities for Cardinals looking to make the world a more just place. Our professors are available to work with you individually to round out your education with experiences that matter and support your future goals.

Career Options

As a criminal justice major, you can make an impact on social justice in a number of ways. Complement your studies with courses in psychology, social work, victimology or diversity. Pay attention to where your passions converge for hints about whether you prefer joining the police academy, making a difference in a juvenile group home or running a domestic violence agency. Cardinals are champions for those in need across the country, and we are confident that after your studies here, your passion will make the world a safer and more welcoming place.


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SVSU students address the needs of local and global communities through the integration of meaningful service and traditional instruction that incorporates reflection and critical thinking to enrich the learning experience. 

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