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Criminal Justice Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies

Why a Criminal Justice Studies concentration?

The concentration is composed of an interdisciplinary curriculum comprised of faculty in communication, management information systems, sociology, social work, political science, and psychology. Students majoring in criminal justice can construct their major from a broad array of social science courses. The department and program offer numerous opportunities to engage in service learning and participate in our well-developed internship program that offers placements in community, corporate, or justice administration agencies at the local, state, or federal level.

Students will learn how laws are debated, created and enforced through criminal justice studies and how laws protect individuals and create an orderly society. You will gain an understanding of deviance, crime and criminality as you study law enforcement, the courts, corrections, social movements, and other groups and agencies. By studying crime and the systems of criminal and community justice in-depth, our interdisciplinary program prepares you for a career as a practitioner and scholar within criminal justice and related criminological professions.

Courses beyond the criminal justice core include: Students individually craft an interdisciplinary set of coursework to gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities to pursue graduate work or a variety of justice related careers. (See the catalog from the link below for a complete list of options).

Potential careers include: Case manager, family intervention specialist, pre-trial services officer, probation officer, juvenile court professional, police officer, state trooper, fish and game officer, fraud investigator, correctional officer, correctional family officer, U.S. Postal Inspector, federal law enforcement, victim’s advocate, and other careers related to working with at-risk populations in the nonprofit realm.

Pursuit of advanced graduate degrees in: criminal justice, criminology, law school, forensic psychology, political science, and social work.

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Criminal Justice Studies Program

St. Joseph Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1447