Criminal Justice Major Career Planning Options
Criminal justice involves a wide array of public and private systems in the legal arena, especially those related to criminal law. Criminal justice majors will gain an understanding of the legal systems and delivery of justice through interdisciplinary courses that develop a grounding in the behavioral and social sciences and the biological sciences, all supported by a core curriculum that provides a strong liberal arts background, especially in the areas of critical thinking and communication. The curriculum challenges students to apply theoretical knowledge to real-life situations through a series of foundational courses culminating in a senior internship/practicum in a legal setting such as a police department, prosecutors office, or counseling agency. This major provides students with initial preparation in the areas of interpersonal, technological, and administrative skills and develops competencies in various current and expanding vocational areas including forensic psychology, juvenile justice, law and its administration, law enforcement and corrections, asset protection/private security, and forensic science. Visit the Rivier’s History, Law and Political Science Department for information on degrees and course offerings.
Criminal Justice Major Skills
|Communication oral and written||Decision-making|
|Detail oriented||Computer proficiency|
|Investigative||Follow procedures and directions|
|Sensitivity to issues and culture||Mediation|
|Interpersonal – working with all types of people||Logic – critical thinking and problem solving|
Career Paths in Criminal Justice
Career opportunities are plentiful in the Criminal Justice field. A more security-conscious society and concerns about homeland security, crime rates, and related issues mean wider opportunities for graduates, as well as those who continue to graduate study. Forensic sciences, computer crime prevention, and national security are just a few examples as possible career choices.
Criminal Justice graduates may work as . . .
(The following are titles from across the industry. Some of these jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor’s degree.)
|ATF Special Agent||Bailiff|
|Bank Examiner||Border Patrol Agent|
|Clerks||College/University Public Safety Official|
|Computer Crime Inspector||Computer Forensics Operator|
|Counselor||Crime Lab Analyst|
|Crime Scene Investigator||Cyber Crime Specialist|
|Criminologist||DEA Special Agent|
|Deputy U.S. Marshall||Detective|
|District Attorney||Environmental Conservation Officer|
|FAA Aviation Safety Inspector||FBI/CIA Agent|
|Federal Officer||Fish and Wildlife Officer|
|Photographer (crime scene)||Public Defender|
|Secret Service Agent||Sheriff|
Criminal Justice graduates may work at . . .
|Aftercare Facilities||Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms|
|Business and Industry||CIA/FBI|
|Colleges and Universities||Computer Investigation Companies|
|Correctional Facilities||Counseling Agencies|
|County Attorney’s Office||Courts|
|Crime Labs||Customs Service|
|Delinquency Institutions||Department of Treasury|
|Drug Enforcement Administration||Environmental Protection Agency|
|Federal Aviation Administration||Federal Trade Commission|
|Forensic Science Labs||Homeland Security Agencies|
|Law Firms||Police Departments|
|Military Organizations||National, State and Local Governments|
|Private Utility Companies||Securities and Exchange Commission|
Ways to Increase Employability
- Select electives that support an area of interest, e.g., forensic science, forensic psychology, law enforcement, court administration, lawyer, cyber crime and computer security .
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities related to an area of interest.
- Join university and professional organizations that provide networking opportunities and enhance leadership skills.
- Seek practical experience in areas of interest whenever possible.
Sources of Information on Majors, Careers, and Employment in Criminal Justice
- Rivier University Faculty
- Academic Advisors
- Professionals working in an area of interest
- Professional Organizations
- Related texts available at the Rivier University Library
- Rivier University Career Development Center Counseling Staff, Website & other Resources
Professional Organizations Related to Criminal Justice
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences
- National Sheriffs Association
- International Association of Women Police
- International Association of Crime Analysts
- High Technology Crime Investigation Association
- International Crime Scene Investigators Association
- American Association of State Troopers
- Federal Criminal Investigators Association
- Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
- National Association of Police Organizations, Inc.
- American Bar Association
Career Related Websites for Criminal Justice Majors