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Criminal Justice

School of Humanities & Behavioral Science

Every day, whether we watch the news on TV or via the Internet, we hear stories about crime. In addition to these accounts, movies, video games, and television dramas provide entertaining portrayals of the world of crime and its heroes and villains. The reality of crime and how we respond to it as a society are focal points for the academic area of study known as criminal justice.

The criminal justice major prepares students to enter employment in fields related to law enforcement, courts and corrections, victim advocacy and assistance, juvenile justice, and provides a foundation for graduate study. Coursework in the criminal justice program focuses on the social science of criminology and criminal justice.

Program Overview

Criminal Justice

Anderson University’s program in criminal justice provides a combination of classroom and experiential learning opportunities through internships and specialized courses in law enforcement, victim advocacy, probation, corrections, juvenile justice, and other related fields. The program offers small class sizes taught by full-time faculty with strong academic backgrounds and professional experience within the criminal justice field. At AU, students develop the knowledge base for understanding crime, whether it takes place through street offenses such as robbery, theft, or homicide, or via newer modes, including white-collar crime, cyber-crimes, and terrorism.

Criminal justice is a rapidly changing field, offering a wide variety of careers. Our approach at AU is to help students find the match between their interest in criminal justice and their particular strengths and God-given talents. We work with students throughout their time at AU to help them discover and develop their skills, knowledge, and character to fulfill career aspirations in a criminal justice-related field.




Bachelor of Arts

Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts with the 33-hour major. You can choose a three-year or four-year path to graduation.

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts degree is a two-year program designed for students pursuing careers in criminal justice, as well as for individuals already employed in the field. The curriculum provides foundational courses in criminal justice and approximately half of the hours for the four-year Bachelor of Arts program. View the courses required for the Associate of Arts degree in criminal justice.

17-Hour Minor

The criminal justice minor provides applied expertise through coursework in this area.



  • The Nature of Crime and Social Deviance
  • Criminal Law and Process
  • Social Problems
  • Introduction to Social Research

View the courses required for the criminal justice major.



  • Probation officer
  • Fish and game warden
  • State trooper
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Law enforcement (local, state, and federal)
  • Conservation officer
  • Corrections, parole, or probation officer
  • State and federal courts
    • Bailiff
    • Courtroom assistant
    • Court clerk
    • Criminal law supervisor
    • Court manager
    • Case administrator
    • Court operations specialist
    • Pretrial services officer
    • Family law mediator
  • Forensics
  • Private security
  • Social services
  • Victim advocacy
  • Paralegal/legal assistant
  • Compliance manager
  • Teacher or trainer
  • Human resources generalist


A full semester internship experience allows students to experience firsthand the daily routine and challenges of working within the criminal justice system. Internships also provide opportunities for students to explore career options.

OUR Criminal Justice FACULTY

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Neal Freeman, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana

Neal Freeman

Instructor of Criminal Justice

Neal Freeman, an employee at Anderson University in Indiana
Neal Freeman

Neal Freeman is an Instructor of Criminal Justice. He holds a BS in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters of Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Mr. Freeman served as an enlisted soldier in the US Army before receiving his appointment to the Military Academy. Upon graduation, he served as an Aviation Officer for 10 years, rising to the rank of Captain. He flew UH-1 Huey and CH-47 Chinook helicopters during that time and served as a platoon leader, several staff positions and as a company commander.

Upon his discharge from the US Army, Freeman became a Special Agent with the FBI, serving the Indiana community for 20 years before retiring in 2017. During his time with the FBI, he served as a team member of the Indianapolis Evidence Response Team and as a Special Agent Assessor for hiring.
Neal and his wife, Laura, a teacher with Anderson Community Schools, are active members of Eastside Church of God. They also have been mentoring incarcerated youth at the Pendleton Juvenile Detention Facility for many years. Neal and Laura have two sons, one daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

Contact Professor Freeman
B.S., United States Military Academy
M.A.S., Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Dulce Maria Scott, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana

Dr. Dulce​ Maria Scott

Professor of Criminal Justice

Dulce Maria Scott, an employee of Anderson University in Indiana
Dr. Dulce​ Maria Scott

Dr. Dulce Maria Scott, professor of sociology and criminal justice, received her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Brown University. Her research and publication areas have included criminal justice issues, race, ethnicity, migrations, and diasporas. Her most recent publication is Intersecting Diaspora Boundaries: Portuguese Contexts (Peter Lang, 2016). She is a research consultant to the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States (PALCUS) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences (IASS). She is executive co-editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies (IJPDS) and executive co-editor of Peter Lang International Academic Publishers' book series, Interdisciplinary Studies in Diaspora.

Dr. Scott has taught at Anderson University since 2003.

Contact Dr. Scott:
B.A., University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth;
M.A., Ph.D., Brown University

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