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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology & Criminal Justice
Holmstedt Hall 210
620 Chestnut St
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM ET




Indiana State University’s accredited online criminal justice master’s degree is a 36-credit hour program designed for those who seek advanced positions in criminal justice or plan to attend law school. All courses are offered online and with no campus visits required. These courses include criminological theories, ethics in criminal justice, and law and society. Two concentrations are available so that students may tailor their degree to suit interests and career goals. These concentrations include corrections and law enforcement. Indiana State is a nationally ranked institution. In fact, major publications like U.S. News and World Report rank the school among the top public institutions.



Best-Choice-Schools-Top-Online-Criminology-Degrees-2017Once again Indiana State University was named as one of the best colleges for an online criminology (or related) degree in our recent ranking. The ranking was created using information from the National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator database. Factors taken into account to determine rank included student-to-faculty ratio, tuition rate, admissions selectivity, and graduation rate. Editors at Best Choice Schools highlighted the affordable undergraduate tuition, relatively low student-to-faculty ratio, and higher than average graduation rate. Best Choice Schools' mission is to provide high-quality, well-researched rankings and other resources for individuals looking for information about top quality higher education. Indiana State is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a best national university and its online bachelor’s degree programs have also earned recognition The article can be found here:



badges-2016-best-value-law-enforcement.pngThe CCJ Program has been recognized as one the best online programs in the country. SR Education Group, an education research publisher founded in 2004 released its rankings and Indiana State University is ranked among OnlineU's 2016 Best Value Online Colleges for Law and Criminal Justice Degrees! These rankings represent schools across the nation that are making an effort to provide the best value for students seeking online degrees. Due to exceptional affordability along with academic strength, Indiana State University made the rankings at #10 in online Law Enforcement degrees! The full ranking is available here:

ISU Criminology & Criminal Justice:

The public's growing concern about crime makes criminology and criminal justice two of the most dynamic and fastest growing fields of study in the nation. Indiana State University's Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice is at the forefront of this expansion. Offering you a four-year degree program and a master's degree, our goal is to offer you professional preparation in the areas of corrections, law enforcement, security, and crime and delinquency prevention programs. What makes our program outstanding are special features including:

  • State-wide contacts and education programs with law enforcement personnel

  • Modern forensic laboratory which offers the opportunity for hands-on investigations

  • A faculty with experience in the field

  • Internships to provide practical experience

Indiana State University is ideally situated for providing a wide range of truly outstanding internship placements. Within the immediate vicinity of Terre Haute are situated a U.S. Penitentiary, a juvenile detention center, an adult probation office, a state parole office, a city police department, a sheriff's department, and a state police post. If a student is willing to drive up to 70 miles, it is possible for him or her to serve an internship at the local, county, state, or federal levels of both law enforcement and correctional agencies. The Department maintains close and friendly relations with all of these facilities, which greatly enhances the learning opportunities.

ISU Criminology & Criminal Justice Programs:

  • Criminology & Criminal Justice Major
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice Minor
  • Graduate Programs, Criminology & Criminal Justice Master's Degree


Faculty offices are all located on the second floor of Holmstedt Hall and are convenient for students needing faculty advisement or other assistance. Most classrooms are located in Holmstedt Hall and all others are situated in nearby buildings. The Indiana State Library is conveniently located and contains an excellent collection of general and specialized reference books, microfilms, journals, periodicals, and newspapers. In addition, the library belongs to state and regional networks which provide access to library materials within a larger area. The Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice also maintains and posts current information on employment opportunities for interested students.