CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Mitchell Barton stands next to his police truck. Mitchell is a C-SC grad with a Criminal Justice degree.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Students in the Criminal Justice program gain knowledge specific to the institutions and processes of criminal justice. The program prepares students both academically and with real-world scenarios to better understand the specific criminal justice field they are pursuing. The criminal justice professors have multiple years of experience in the field and in academics.  Students pursuing a criminal justice degree often gain entry into public agencies at the municipal, county, state or federal level, as well as the corporate sector.

WHY SHOULD I MAJOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE?

A criminal justice major gives students an understanding of the three main elements of the justice system: the courts, policing and corrections. The study of criminal justice and corrections involves research methods for criminology, criminological theory and the psychology behind criminal behavior. This major is right for students who are interested in the law, have great people skills and want to help people by serving society. People who work in criminal justice are often subjected to difficult decision-making situations, so they must be calm and professional under pressure.

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Honor Societies: Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honors Society)
Professional Experience: Internship opportunities throughout the United States in multiple disciplines within Criminal Justice.
Awards and Recognition: The August Vollmer Award recognizes an individual whose scholarship or professional activities have made outstanding contributions to justice or to the treatment or prevention of criminal or delinquent behavior.
Fallen Officer Project: C-SC students are given the opportunity to show their appreciation and respect to law enforcement officers who have died in the the line of duty.

AFTER C-SC

The majority of those graduating with a degree in criminal justice go on to work as police or corrections officers. Others pursue careers in the military, juvenile justice or social work.

C-SC Rranked #1 in Missouri as Best College for Employment according to Zippia, Inc.

“The criminal justice program set a mental template for me on how to approach information and interactions in the field of law enforcement. I was given the tools during my time at C-SC needed to succeed in this career. Classes in the CJ program, such as interview and interrogation, had given me experiences and helped me be more successful than I would’ve been otherwise.”
–Dominic Heberlein ’18
police officer, Kansas City (Mo.) Police Department

AT A GLANCE

Can you minor in this program?
Yes

Specializations:
Forensic Accounting and Forensic Science

Popular second major:
Psychology, Sociology, Communications and Business

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For more information, contact:
Seth McBride
Lecturer in Criminal Justice
Phone: 573-288-6000, ext. 6381
Email: smcbride@culver.edu

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