Criminal Justice, Law & Society

Major, Minor

Address the challenge of pursuing justice in a changing world by exploring the complex issues of crime, justice and social policy.

The criminal justice, law and society major and minor at Pacific University program explores the theory and philosophy of law and justice in the United States and teaches students to address the challenges of pursuing justice in a complicated and quickly changing social environment. Students study an interdisciplinary set of topics, including criminal justice, philosophy of the law, conflict mediation, civil liberties, and constitutional law.


Claire Argow portrait and papers from her collection

By the time she came to Pacific in 1960, Claire Argow already was well known for her work to abolish the death penalty and reform the penal system. She was driven by the belief that people convicted of crimes still deserve to be offered opportunities and treated humanely.

Jenna Richards Smiling

Jenna Richards '19 brings compassion and openness to her focus on criminal justice.

Young individual speaking to students about Youth Justice

A juvenile justice course in Pacific's Criminal Justice, Law & Society program takes students out of the textbook and into the community to prepare for careers in the legal system.