​​​​​​White-Collar Crime & Fraud Investigation

White-collar crimes are financially motivated crimes that occur within businesses or governments. These nonviolent crimes can cause just as much damage and devastation as violent crimes. In many instances, a single occurrence can financially ruin companies and create devastation for their employees and families affected by it.
 

What's considered a white-collar crime?

  • Corporate Fraud
  • Cyber Crime
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Identity Theft
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Money Laundering
Here's an example of an actual scenario:
Imagine surviving Auschwitz during the Holocaust, rebuilding your life and dedicating a charity to help others only to have money stolen through a ponzi scheme. That's what happened to Elie Wiesel, who formed the Foundation for Humanity and lost $15.2 billion dollars through a recent white-collar crime.

Click here for a simple and comprehensive explanation of white-collar crimes from the FBI.

Our Program


The University of Findlay offers courses that will introduce you to criminal conduct described as violations of trust both domestically and around the world. Our courses are designed to prepare you for successful careers in many areas of criminal justice such as law enforcement, courts, corrections, risk assessment or juvenile justice. Click one of the links below to view the courses and curriculum for the White-Collage Crime and Fraud Investigation major:

Criminal Justice Courses
​​Curriculum

Criminal justice majors benefit from an interdisciplinary curriculum that blends both academics and experience to bridge the gap between theory and practice. You will be able to write and speak effectively, apply analytical strategies toward solving complex problems, work well with individuals of diverse backgrounds and exhibit the skills necessary to lead and manage people.

Throughout the entire program, expert faculty with field experience in areas such as fraud, crime scene investigation, corrections, loss prevention and juvenile justice will serve as your professors and advisors. Our dedicated faculty members focus on meeting your personal needs and career aspirations beyond obtaining your criminal justice degree.

​"The professors are very nice and have a great mix of education and real-world experience. The most challenging aspect has been learning the ins and outs of the judicial system as well as all the laws and landmark cases. My goal is to join a federal program such as the FBI, CIA, or U.S. Marshalls."

-Cody Thacker, Criminal Justice White-Collar Crime & Fraud Investigation/Business Management Major

 

Experiential Learning & Student Engagement


A unique relationship with the Washington Center providing you with opportunities to complete 10- to 15-week internships with federal agencies in Washington D. C. such as the Department of Justice, Office of Homeland Security and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Club

At Findlay, there are many clubs and organizations offered on campus that you can get involved in. With nearly 80, you’re sure to find people that share your interests including the student-run Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Club. 
  • ​​Ride- alongs with local police agencies
  • Active participation in real-life law enforcement scenarios through utilization of Firearm Training Simulators
  • Stimulating conversations with professionals and experts in the criminal justice field
  • Tours of male and female prisons and jails and area crime labs

Alpha Phi Sigma - Theta Lambda Chapter

Alpha Phi Sigma is a National Criminal Justice Honor Society and was founded in January, 1942, at Washington State University.  In the tradition of idealism, professionalism and academic excellence, the founder, Dr. V. A. Leonard recognized the need for a police honorary program to promote excellence in student scholarship and performance. It is a platform for outstanding criminal justice students, faculty members and professionals in the criminal justice field should meet together on a basis of common interest, understanding, and helpfulness.

They must have declared a major in the criminal justice or related field and have completed three full time semesters or its equivalent. Students must also attain a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in their cumulative criminal justice classes and rank in the top 30% of their class.​