ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Students in the Criminal Justice program gain knowledge specific to the institutions and processes of criminal justice. The program prepares students both academically and with real-world scenarios to better understand the specific criminal justice field they are pursuing. The criminal justice professors have multiple years of experience in the field and in academics. Students pursuing a criminal justice degree often gain entry into public agencies at the municipal, county, state or federal level, as well as the corporate sector.
WHY SHOULD I MAJOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE?
A criminal justice major gives students an understanding of the three main elements of the justice system: the courts, policing and corrections. The study of criminal justice and corrections involves research methods for criminology, criminological theory and the psychology behind criminal behavior. This major is right for students who are interested in the law, have great people skills and want to help people by serving society. People who work in criminal justice are often subjected to difficult decision-making situations, so they must be calm and professional under pressure.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
Honor Societies: Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honors Society)
Professional Experience: Internship opportunities throughout the United States in multiple disciplines within Criminal Justice.
Awards and Recognition: The August Vollmer Award recognizes an individual whose scholarship or professional activities have made outstanding contributions to justice or to the treatment or prevention of criminal or delinquent behavior.
Fallen Officer Project: C-SC students are given the opportunity to show their appreciation and respect to law enforcement officers who have died in the the line of duty.
The majority of those graduating with a degree in criminal justice go on to work as police or corrections officers. Others pursue careers in the military, juvenile justice or social work.