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 law enforcement option prepares students to enter law enforcement positions at the local, county, state and federal levels, in addition to private security. The law enforcement option has two tracks: a practical track and a theoretical track. The practical track includes basic law enforcement training for peace officers in Missouri. Students may elect to receive 24 hours of college credits in the practical track. The theoretical track prepares students for law enforcement careers and managerial positions, federal law enforcement positions that require specialized skills and/or graduate studies.