Criminal Justice

The following agencies employ or have employed Criminal Justice alumni:

Federal Law Enforcement

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • U.S. Customs
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • Immigration and Naturalization
  • Postal Inspections Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Corrections and Related Services

  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Federal Probation
  • State Department of Corrections
  • State Probation & Parole
  • State Treatment Centers
  • Juvenile Officers
  • Abuse & Neglect Investigators
  • Juvenile Treatment Counselors
  • Youth Services
  • Family Services
  • Juvenile Detention Centers
  • Private Correctional Agencies

State Law Enforcement

  • Highway Patrol
  • State Investigation Bureaus
  • State Liquor Control
  • State Drug Enforcement
  • State Department of Revenue
  • Department of Conservation
  • Secretary of State’s Police
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • State Fire Marshall


  • Industrial Security
  • Retail Security
  • Corporate Security
  • Bank Security
  • Hospital Security
  • Military Security
  • Private Detective Agencies
  • Private Protection Services
  • Computer Security
  • Celebrity Security

Local Police

  • City Police
  • County Sheriff
  • Park Police
  • Airport Police
  • Harbor Patrol
  • County Police


We live in a world in which human relationships are becoming more complex. Thus, it is important that citizens develop greater awareness of group behavior--their own and others--to better understand the attitudes, values, and beliefs of those around them. The study of sociology helps improve such understanding. Employers increasingly desire employees who understand the social elements in society.

The professions--medicine, law, engineering--urge more students to take undergraduate social science courses, since some understanding of people and society is necessary for success in these professions. Secondary schools present a growing demand for sociology teachers. Civil service positions often accept undergraduate sociology among the acceptable educational qualifications for a wide variety of positions. Newly emerging careers are to be found in many action programs--local human relations councils, fair employment practice commissions, economic opportunity programs, foreign aid programs, and others.

A master's degree is sufficient to obtain a teaching position at a junior or community college, but promotions and university appointments commonly require a Ph.D. in sociology. Teaching is the major activity of most sociologists.

Sociology at Southeast is an academic, rather than a vocational, program. Majors are not trained for specific vocations, but in organizational and analytical skills which can be translated into a wide variety of occupations. Recent graduates of our sociology program are employed by Omni Hotels International in management and personnel, by Southwestern Bell in telemarketing, by the State of Missouri - Division of Family Services as caseworkers, by Mercantile Bank as supervisors, and at the Cottonwood Treatment Canter as directors of special projects.


Brandt 329
Department of Criminal Justice & Sociology
One University Plaza, MS 7950
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701