A major in criminal justice offers outstanding academic preparations for careers in law enforcement and corrections. The Department of Criminal Justice prepares students to contribute to the pressing social problems in the areas of crime prevention, protection and rehabilitation. A college degree is becoming necessary to advance in today’s criminal justice careers.
Within the major of criminal justice, we offer three options: Law Enforcement, Corrections and Criminology. The primary purpose of the criminology option is to give students majoring in criminal justice a broader background in theories of crime and deviance. Courses in this option include organized and white-collar crime, criminology, family violence, criminal typology and victimology, and deviant social behavior. This option prepares students for managerial positions in corrections and law enforcement, federal law enforcement positions that require specialized skills, and/or graduate studies