Criminal Justice

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Dr. John Penny

Chair

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Southern University at New Orleans offers a Bachelor of Science as well as a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. Criminal Justice seeks to educate students in the skills required for successful professional careers in law enforcement, corrections, and juvenile justice in addition to other paths they choose to pursue.

 

These skills include: critical thinking, theoretical analysis, effective oral and written communication in research methods, statistical and data analysis, and computer technology.

 

CAREER OPTIONS
Criminal Justice careers can be exciting and rewarding. They can range from trial lawyer to a paralegal that works with criminal defense lawyers, to a corrections officer working in state prisons, to a homicide detective who solves murders. Many government organizations need people who have a strong understanding of criminology and crime statistics. There are many support roles throughout the criminal justice and law enforcement community.

Career Trend for criminal justice majors
The growing emphasis on homeland security has created an unprecedented demand for criminal justice and security professionals.

The U.S. Department of Labor has predicted that by 2010 there will be more than a 29% increase in the demand for FBI Agents, Police Officers, Private Detectives, U.S. Customs Agents and many others, but the growing emphasis on homeland security has created an unprecedented demand for criminal justice and security professionals.

What jobs are available for Criminal Justice Graduates?
The following list are some of the job titles of graduates with Criminal Justice major:

  • Police officer
  • Detective
  • Criminal investigator
  • Corrections, parole or probation officer
  • Warden
  • Security investigator or specialist
  • Lawyer or attorney
  • Legal assistant
  • Court administrator, judge or magistrate
  • Federal government [FBI, CIA, ATF, Customs, Secret Service, INS, Border Patrol, Drug Enforcement]
  • State [state trooper, SBI agent], Local law enforcement agencies, Arson specialist, Serology specialist or Fingerprinting specialist.

Who employs Criminal Justice major graduates?

  • Federal, state and local government agencies
  • Military branches/Defense agencies
  • Security companies
  • Private investigative services
  • Businesses and retail stores
  • Colleges and universities
  • Law firms
  • Private probation

Major Skills of criminal justice graduates

  • Written & presentation skills
  • Understanding societies’ reaction to crimes
  • Considerations of gender & race
  • Quantitative skills
  • High degree of physical fitness and ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work independently and as well as being part of a team.
  • Understand and respect values and workings of the legal system.
  • Ethics and moral values
  • Strong background in humanities, social science, & natural science

Criminal Justice Associates Program – Career / Job Outlook 
The Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice offers a broad overview of the criminal justice system, providing graduates with entry-level career opportunities in a broad array of criminal justice environments.
Some career opportunities include:

  • Corrections officer
  • Security officer
  • Social worker

Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Program – Career / Job Opportunities
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice offers a specialized overview of the criminal justice system, preparing graduates for entry-level or middle-management positions in a broad array of criminal justice environments.
Some career opportunities include:

  • Fraud investigator
  • Loss prevention manager
  • Detective

Criminal Justice Master’s Program – Career / job Opportunities
The multi-faceted approach prepares you for employment in an agency or department within the criminal justice community. You will also broaden your skills by obtaining job-related knowledge and expertise in the specialized areas of law enforcement administration, corrections, juvenile justice, drug abuse, and abuse counseling.
Some career opportunities include:

  • Forensics scientist
  • Crime prevention specialist
  • Criminal investigator

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree offers a specialized overview of the criminal justice system, preparing graduates for management-level positions in a broad array of criminal justice environments.

Note:  The above information is obtained from direct.degree.com