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.

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Faculty

Jacqueline Clark

Clark, Jacqueline

Professor of Sociology

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Marc Eaton

Eaton, Marc

Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Department

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Advising

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. We also work collaboratively with Ripon College Career and Professional Development to help match your interests and skills to concrete goals and construct a plan for professional success offering personalized career counseling, off-campus learning opportunities and an online job board with potential to connect with local, national and international employers. Our collaboration with 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. Likewise, Mentors in the Franzen 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

Off-Campus Study

Studying off-campus, whether internationally or domestically in the United States, is an experience bound to change your view of the world. In general, full-time students in good academic standing are eligible to apply for admission to off-campus programs.

Learn more about Off-Campus Study

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.

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.