Criminal Justice Frequently Asked Questions
Criminal justice majors can pursue a variety of careers. Areas of interest include law enforcement, criminal investigations, cybersecurity, imprisonment, probation, parole, juvenile justice, crime prevention, courts, victim services, crime scene investigation, criminal justice reform, wrongful convictions, and working in criminal justice related nonprofits.
Persons working in criminal justice careers certainly obtain knowledge and skills through on-the-job training and experience. However, there are several benefits to obtaining a criminal justice degree. For one, you learn important criminological principles, theory, and research that will help you in your career, which you may otherwise not be exposed to. Two, many criminal justice agencies look for hires with college degrees and pay salary bumps in accordance. Finally, you will critically analyze and challenge assumptions of the criminal justice system in order to make it more socially just.
The criminal justice program curriculum emphasizes courses on the major facets of the criminal justice system, criminological explanations of crime, and timely issues in criminal justice. Courses are offered fully online (asynchronously and synchronously), seated, and hybrid.