• Overview
  • Faculty
  • Advising
  • Career Tracks
  • Off-Campus Study
  • Unique Opportunities
View Sample
Course Schedule

Criminal Justice



The study of criminal justice provides an interdisciplinary perspective on deviance, crime and the criminal justice system. It enables students to understand how deviance and crime are defined and interpreted, to understand the parts of the criminal justice system and their respective roles, to develop a theoretical understanding of deviance and crime, and investigate ethical issues related to the criminal justice system.

The three required courses are Introduction to the Sociological Imagination; Sociology of Deviance; and Criminology. Electives from other departments can include Crime, Incarceration and Communication; Introduction to Law; and Drugs Alcohol and Tobacco.

Program Spotlight


Jacqueline Clark

Jacqueline Clark

Professor of Sociology

[email protected]
Marc Eaton

Marc Eaton

Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Department

[email protected]


Ripon College faculty and professional staff are dedicated to helping you reach your goals, whatever they may be and however often they may change along the way. It’s part of our value statement to you.

As a student at Ripon, you will be assigned a faculty adviser based on your area(s) of interest. You will meet with your faculty adviser throughout your time as a student to discuss your current aspirations, plan your course schedule and plot a future trajectory. Staff in the Office of Constituent Engagement and Career Services help to match your interests to concrete goals and construct a plan for success, offering support through three stages of career development – planning, exploration and search. Student Support Services provides tutoring and additional academic and skill development, as well as tools to help with note-taking, exam preparation, goal-setting and time management. Mentors in the Collaborative Learning Center provide in-depth, one-on-one or group mentoring for students about class projects and college-level writing, and can share problem-solving strategies to overcome academic obstacles.

Advising at Ripon.

Career Tracks

Graduates with a minor in criminal justice often go on to careers in local, state or federal law enforcement. Many with an interest in law school use the criminal justice minor as a complement to a major in Politics and Government.

Off-Campus Study

Whether you choose a program that is international or domestic, it is an experience bound to change your view of the world. Click to learn more about Off-Campus Study and Liberal Arts In Focus at Ripon College.

Financial aid continues for students who choose to participate in an approved study-abroad program, minimizing additional expenses.

Unique Opportunities

  • Internships are strongly encouraged, with previous criminal justice students working with the Ripon Police Department and the Green Lake County Sheriff's Office.  
  • The minor can be paired with a major to tailor students’ interests. Students interested in law enforcement or corrections often major in sociology and minor in criminal justice. Those interested in pursuing a law degree often pair the minor with a politics and government major.