Careers Opportunities

Careers Available with a Criminal Justice, Police Studies or Correctional & Juvenile Justice Studies (online only) Degree

  • State and local law enforcement officers
  • School resource officers
  • Park ranger
  • Sheriff’s deputies
  • Crime policy analyst
  • Family service counselor
  • Attorney or judge (additional law degree required)
  • Correctional officer or trainer
  • Juvenile/youth care worker
  • Victim’s advocate
  • Officers with federal agencies like:
    • U.S. Secret Service
    • Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms
    • F.B.I.
    • U.S. Border Patrol
    • Transportation Security Administration
    • U.S. Marshals
    • U.S. Probation and Parole
  • Department of Homeland Security
    • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
    • US Border Patrol
    • Criminal Investigator

Criminal Justice or Police Studies as a Pre-Law Major

Over the past years graduates of the College's Police Studies and Criminal Justice Programs have gone on to law school and are now pursuing careers in law. However, it should be noted that law school admissions officials do not give any special advantage to applicants who have bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice.

Indeed, a student's undergraduate major is not a particularly important criterion affecting law school admissions decisions. What is far more important is that, regardless of major, the prospective law student will have pursued a rigorous curriculum that requires superior skills in writing, reading comprehension, and analytical ability. The Criminal Justice and Police Studies Programs are designed to do just that.

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