What can I do with a Degree in Criminology & Justice Studies?
Graduates are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, insight, and sensitivity to occupy positions in public and private criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victim’s services agencies. The degree prepares students for future graduate work that can help them become lawyers, professors, or researchers. These are just some of the career paths you can pursue with a B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies:
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Career Tips & Information
- To enhance scholarship, internship, graduate school, or law school opportunities, maintain a high GPA, get to know your professors, join student or professional organizations in your field of interest, and pursue out-of-classroom experiences.
- Get involved in the Criminology & Justice Studies student club (Lambda Alpha Epsilon) or the honor society (Alpha Phi Sigma).
- Consult reputable web sites such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/ )to learn about the availability of job opportunities in your field of interest.
- To be competitive (and to confirm your interests), obtain ‘real world’ experience through volunteer, practicum, or internship opportunities.
- Talk with and job shadow professionals in your area of interest.
- Contact the department academic advising office to set up an appointment with Rebecca Cash (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your career goals.
- Do not wait until you are close to graduation to start the job search process.
- Tailor your coursework to maximize your skill set in the marketplace.
- Many criminal justice professions require candidates to possess strong oral and written communication skills, good listening skills, and the ability to work with a wide range of diverse populations. Fluency in a second language is also desirable. Supplement program of study with courses in business, psychology, anthropology, or sociology. Course work related to the hard sciences (biology, chemistry, or biochemistry) is necessary for career opportunities in forensics. Internet security is a rapidly growing area with a wide variety of career opportunities. Supplement course work with computer science and technology courses to gain entry into this field.
- Some careers require advanced academic credentials. Depending on your goals, earn a master's degree in criminology or criminal justice, forensic science, social work, counseling, or business to obtain positions involving counseling/therapy, management/higher levels of administration, forensics, or research. Earn a doctoral (PhD) degree for university teaching positions.
- If you are interested in a career in law enforcement, be prepared to complete physical and psychological testing, fitness evaluations, and other evaluative tools for entry into law enforcement and related careers.
- Note that much of the criminal justice/juvenile justice field is decentralized, with most jobs on the local (city or county) level. State and Federal jobs are at a premium.
- You may wish to try the state of Ohio’s site, Ohio Means Jobs (https://jobseeker.ohiomeansjobs.monster.com/ ) . Consult the State of Ohio Hiring Management system (http://agency.governmentjobs.com/ohio/default.cfm ), where you can sign up for their notification service. Consult the county (and city) employment agencies for county level positions.
- Stop by the Sociology Department office in 215 Merrill Hall to consult the bulletin board, where we post job notices that we receive. Note that positions in the field open and close quickly, so you should check this board at least once or twice a month.
- Go to the U.S. Dept. of Justice Careers website to review their employment information.
- If you are an alumnus/a, and having trouble finding a job, it is not too late to do an internship. You can come back to KSU as a Post-undergraduate and do an internship to get some field experience. (See the KSU Admissions office page on how to re-enroll as a post-undergrad.)
- Visit the following links for more information:
- KSU Career Exploration and Development (http://www.kent.edu/career)
- What Can I Do With This Major? http://whatcanidowiththismajor.com/major/majors/
- The American Society of Criminology http://www.asc41.com/
- The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences http://www.acjs.org/
- Justice Studies Association http://justicestudies.org/