The Criminal Justice degree is designed for students who are interested in studying about social justice and the criminal justice system. We are committed to coursework that is grounded in theory, research, and community engagement.  Emphasis is placed on intellectual, experiential, critical thinking and problem solving abilities. We are committed to preparing students to become ethically informed, culturally sensitive, engaged scholars and practitioners.

Career Options

Majors have a wide variety of career options in a field where there are many job opportunities.  Our degree program prepares students for entry level positions in a wide variety of criminal justice and social service agencies and for graduate study in many fields. For example students may pursue careers with the federal government including: Federal Bureau of Prisons case manager; Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms inspector; customs inspector; deputy U.S. marshal; Drug Enforcement Agency officer; Fish and Wildlife Service agent; Immigration and Naturalization officer; Internal Revenue investigator; Postal Service Inspector; and Secret Service agent. Careers in state and municipal law enforcement include deputy sheriff, state police, and municipal police officer. Careers in the court system include the following: bailiff; court administrator; pretrial services; research analyst; victim services specialist. Criminal Justice graduates interested in corrections might be employed in the following positions: corrections counselor; corrections officer; parole officer; pre-release officer; half-way house manager; probation officer; crisis counselor; domestic violence shelter, rape crisis centers, and runaway/juvenile services counselor. There also are a variety of jobs in private security including investigators and protective services specialist.  Historically, a bachelors degree was not required for some of these jobs, but it is becoming increasingly more important to have a degree to get these jobs and to secure promotions.