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The Criminal Justice program at Madonna has an excellent reputation for preparing students for leadership roles in public service. Through academics, service learning and internships, you can learn about 21st century criminal justice best practices and gain an understanding of how to conduct yourself in a variety of professional roles. The program consists of 45 credits in the major, in addition to general education requirements. The following Certificates of Completion are available to enhance your bachelor’s or associate degree: Homeland Security, Private Security, Private Investigation, Animal Cruelty Investigation, Spanish for Law Enforcement, Forensic Psychology, and Forensic Accounting.

Our professional faculty have experience at all levels of the criminal justice system; several are graduates of the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

  • The faculty have professional experience in federal, state, county, and local criminal justice agencies
  • More than 90 criminal justice alumni have achieved Chief of Police or Director of Public Safety positions
  • The breadth of the program prepares students for a variety of criminal justice careers
  • Internships with local, state, and federal agencies give Madonna graduates an advantage in the workplace
  • Learn from anywhere you have an internet connection - you can complete this degree in the classroom or in a degree completion format 100% online

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Student Success

Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson started at Madonna University in the fall of 2012 as a criminal justice major. He participated in two professional internships. His dream of becoming a police officer was realized when he was hired by the Michigan State Police in 2014. As an alumnus, he continues to support and mentor students.

Faculty Bios

Tara KaneAssistant Professor, Department Chair

Master of Science & Leadership Studies, Madonna University

Bachelor of Science, Madonna University


734-432-5429, 2410

Tara Kane

Ms. Tara Kane is the Chair of the Criminal Justice Program. She joined the full-time faculty in 2013 coming from the West Bloomfield Police Department. She retired as a Detective/Sergeant of Investigations. She completed her M.S.B.A. in 2008 and her B.S. in 2002, both from Madonna University.

She teaches in the area of criminology and special topics, with subject matter concentration on vulnerable populations and sexual assault. Her interests include the suspected abuse and neglect of children, domestic violence and sexual assault. She is actively engaged in Title IX initiatives related to sexual assault on college campuses, as well as community engagement with partners combating Human Trafficking.

She serves as one of the faculty advisory board members for the student group Stop A.V.T. (Stop all Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking). She is a faculty advising fellow, committed to the Appreciative Advising model approach. She believes that by addressing students’ dreams and goals from day one equals the best recipe for future success- academically and professionally.

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Victor LauriaAssistant Professor, Program Director

M.S.-T.C. Eastern Michigan University

B.S. Northern Michigan University

Assistant Chief of Police (Ret.) Novi Police Department

Graduate FBI National Academy – Session #250


734-432-5438, 2418

Victor Lauria

Victor Lauria is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. He joined the full time faculty of Madonna University in 2015. Prior to joining Madonna, he served as an Assistant Chief of Police with the City of Novi. During his 28-year law enforcement career, Victor served in a wide variety of positions. He worked as a patrol officer, undercover narcotics officer, a K-9 handler, and detective, as well as numerous supervisory positions. His work has been recognized by the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association, National Retail Federation and the Michigan Association of Private Investigators. The National Geographic Channel profiled one of Victor's cases in the documentary film "The Science of Interrogation."

 His favorite subjects to teach are interview and interrogation, and ethics.

 In his free time, Victor enjoys spending time with his wife, Sherie, and their three children as well as hunting and fishing.

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