Criminal Justice

The criminal justice profession is looking for dedicated, hardworking men and women with a strong moral compass to fill the ongoing need for professionals in this challenging field. As a criminal justice professional, you will handle situations involving people who are often at a low point in their lives, whether victims of crime, suspects or others in need of your help. These situations provide an opportunity for you, as a criminal justice professional, to be a light in someone’s life when they’re most in need.

The criminal justice major at Corban is grounded in the biblical principles of law, justice and restoration to equip you for a long and successful career. You’ll be prepared to begin your criminal justice career immediately after graduation or to continue on to graduate school to pursue your long-term career goals.

Unique Opportunities & Experiences

Corban’s location in Salem, Oregon, offers close proximity to law enforcement agencies, correctional facilities and Oregon’s state-of-the-art Public Safety Training Academy. Criminal justice students can see firsthand how these agencies operate and take advantage of the expertise of working public safety professionals through tours, guest lectures, adjunct instruction and internships.


Hands-On Learning

You’ll participate in a wide range of field activities designed to provide real world experience and a practical understanding of various aspects of the criminal justice system. From K9 training to tours of law enforcement agencies, crime labs, courts and correctional facilities, you’ll have opportunities to see what a career in law enforcement, corrections, parole and probation, investigation or intelligence could look like.


Firearms Training

Firearms courses allow you to train with a variety of the latest law enforcement weapons under the supervision of professional firearms instructors. Criminal Justice students may use hours accumulated in firearms training toward their internship.


Criminal Justice Student Association

Criminal justice students have the option to join the Criminal Justice Student Association, which offers professional networking opportunities, guest lecturers from the criminal justice field, and a support network of fellow criminal justice students. Membership in this association also allows you to take the firearms training courses.


Internships With Local Law Enforcement

As a criminal justice major, you will complete an internship to gain real life exposure to the career path you may want to pursue after graduation. Student internships have included scenario training with SWAT and K-9 teams, crime lab work, ride-alongs with local law enforcement agencies, working with adult and juvenile corrections, Campus Public Safety and more. Many students are also involved in cadet and reserve police officer programs with local law enforcement organizations.

Career Opportunities

Criminal justice offers opportunities for a stimulating career serving your community through hundreds of job choices. A criminal justice degree from Corban opens the door to career options such as:

Municipal and State Police
Parole & Probation (Adult & Juvenile)
Corrections (Adult & Juvenile)
Federal Law Enforcement (FBI, DEA, ATF, US Marshall, Secret Service, Border Patrol)
County Sheriff's Deputy (enforcement, corrections, parole & probation)


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    “It’s important to have Christian influences in law enforcement. Police officers have a significant amount of power, so you need law enforcement officers who are well-grounded and who make good decisions. Corban prepares people do to that.”

    Steve Bellshaw

    Salem Police Department, Deputy Chief
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    “Graduating from Corban University’s criminal justice program gave me the opportunity to start my law enforcement career right out of college. Each of the professors demonstrated the importance of integrity, strong core values and professionalism, as well as dedicating ourselves to God.”

    Jonathan Nelson

    Criminal Justice ’13, Deputy Sheriff, Yamhill County
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    “The criminal justice program here at Corban has provided me with many opportunities to explore and discover all of the different roles that law enforcement plays in the community. The teachers that make up the program are consistently wonderful people whom I have learned much from. The program has continued to foster and grow my passion for working in law enforcement.”

    Katelyn Fekkes

    Criminal Justice ‘16
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    "Corban University's criminal justice program is the best in its class. The classes were expertly taught by professionals who recognize the importance of combining Christ and the criminal justice world. Not only did I gain significant knowledge that prepared me for my career, but I grew as a Christian, and I was challenged to explore the reasons why I wanted to be a police officer. I owe Corban University for an amazing experience and for helping me become a Christian professional in the criminal justice field.”

    Jannalyn Farley

    Criminal Justice ‘16
Relevant Coursework

Learn from expert instructors with decades of experience in the criminal justice field and access to many experienced criminal justice professionals at the city, county, state and federal levels. You’ll receive practical, relevant instruction in topics such as:

  • Criminal Investigation
  • Criminology
  • Corrections
  • Firearms Training
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Criminal Law & Evidence
  • Violent Crime & Terrorism


Criminal Justice Faculty
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    Sandy Flint

    Adjunct Instructor/Criminal Justice
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    Alan Scharn

    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
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    Mark McBryde

    Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology
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    Vashti Young

    Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology