Academic offerings: Our courses combine the scientific study of crime, criminals and the courts, law enforcement, and corrections agencies. A criminal justice major prepares students to work within the criminal justice system or to go on for post-graduate education in law, business, or academia.
Experiential learning: Service learning, internships, and undergraduate research opportunities are available. Courses on immigration, family and domestic violence, disability and medical sociology provide students with background to select from a wide array of internships in social service agencies. Our fieldwork sites involve agencies working with juveniles and adults, families, courts, and churches as well as employment, political and advocacy agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. Field schools with research opportunities on the environment are available locally as well as in Central and South America. The department has practicum sites in neighborhood centers, planning agencies, and other service organizations.
Employment opportunities: Employment opportunities in the fields of criminal justice range from police officers to judges, prosecutors to defense attorneys, investigators to probation and parole officers, and researchers across all levels of government and the private sector. The current security environment in the United States has further expanded job opportunities for students with a background in criminology and criminal justice. Our students work for local, state and federal enforcement agencies including the FBI, ATF, and Secret Service.