Criminal Justice

Professor teachingEach morning in the White House Situation Room, Special Assistants to the President confer with senior officers from FBI, CIA, and other federal agencies on the most pressing reports of real or possible threats facing America. These law enforcement officers, intelligence officers, diplomats, military officers, and lawyers represent agencies that work together as never before to protect our security at home and promote our national interests overseas.

The new world of criminal justice is an inseparable part of how we protect our homeland and national security. State and federal law enforcement officers serve on state- and federal-run task forces and fusion centers against terrorism and other public threats; law enforcement officers receive intelligence reporting from federal sources on international threats that have impact within their jurisdictions; and these law enforcement officers may find themselves detailed or invited to join other, non-law enforcement, elements of our state and national security teams.

Criminal Justice at Heidelberg

Criminal justice is a broad, complex, and exciting field of study. At Heidelberg, you will actively participate in your preparation for this new world of criminal justice:

• You will be a prosecutor, probation officer, or judge in mock trials in CJS 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice.
• You will present briefing papers on actual espionage and terrorism cases in POL 313 National Security Investigations.
• You will play the role of a CIA officer in a mock war zone in POL 389 Intelligence Operations.
• You will have the opportunity to meet visiting officers from CIA, the FBI, the Marshals, and other agencies of government to discuss their work and careers.
• You will have the opportunity to intern with local law enforcement agencies and, through one of Heidelberg’s two internship programs, with federal agencies in Washington, D.C.

“I visited many schools, but chose Heidelberg for the Criminal Justice program. The program is different in a great way. We are taught to look at issues from different points of view and encouraged to develop our own thoughtful approach. Everything is relevant too. We discussed issues as they were happening. We even did a mock trial of a case that was happening in Ohio.”         Josh Hinkel '16