The Criminal Justice option is designed for students interested in professions relating to such fields as law enforcement, correction, or programs for the prevention of crime and delinquency.
The criminal justice major emphasizes the understanding of society, social problems and human social behavior.
This specialization includes courses in criminology, law and society, social problems, principles of sociology, juvenile delinquency, and optional courses in aggression and violence, organized crime, history of crime in America, and racial and ethnic relations.
Whether your criminal justice major is in the area of political science or sociology depends on your individual interests. In either case, your broad theoretical, social sciences background will prepare you for entry into the criminal justice profession.
This curriculum also provides a suitable undergraduate major and minor if you wish to work toward an advanced degree in law, law enforcement, or criminology.
Career Opportunities: Criminal justice careers offer an opportunity to work in an environment in which you face different – and challenging – problems each day. Today’s professional in criminal justice is a sophisticated participant in a complex legal system. Whether in the police, the courts, corrections, or related agencies, the modern criminal justice professional must possess a broad liberal arts background.
Criminal justice graduates have a wide range of careers from which to choose:
- Law enforcement (city, state, and federal law enforcement agencies).
- Adult and juvenile probation and parole agencies.
- Criminal justice planning agencies involved in research, planning, and evaluation studies.
- Safety and security positions in industrial, commercial, and retail organizations.
- Adult and juvenile correctional institutions (classification, casework counseling, and group work).
- Community youth services bureaus.
Hands-on Experience: A practicum in both programs during your senior year will enable you to derive experience in an appropriate criminal justice agency.