CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
       DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS

A Career Guide for the Criminology & Criminal Justice Major


The Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice provides students with knowledge about the nature and causes of crime and delinquency; law and the legal system for juveniles and adults in American society; and the decision-making processes of criminal justice agencies. A Criminal Justice major is broadly educated within a general education framework in the liberal arts and is provided with courses that directly apply to careers within the criminal and juvenile justice systems and the study of law. This degree is suitable for pre-law students.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • Human/civil rights
  • Community relations
  • Public safety
  • Detail work
  • Working with people
  • Solving problems
  • The law and public safety
Aptitudes
  • Strong moral character
  • Excellent oral/written skills
  • Communication skills
  • Exercise sound judgment
  • Good credit history
  • Detail oriented
  • No criminal record
  • Good driving record
  • Computer literacy
  • Compiling/evaluating information
  • Keen observation skills
  • Strong memory skills

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


In addition to the other requirements as stipulated by the College of Architecture,Urban and Public Affairs and the University, students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice must complete a minimum of 30 hours in Criminal Justice. These include a total of 9 hours in the core, with the remaining hours to be selected from the list of electives within the major. There is also a statistics requirement for the degree.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Criminal Justice graduates:

Secret Service Agent
Customs Officer
Attorney
Investigator
Criminologist
Professor, Criminal Justice
Case Worker
Victim Assistance Advocate
FBI Agents
Immigration and Naturalization Service Agent and Inspector
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agent
Department of State, Diplomatic Security Agent
Probation & Parole Officers
Law Enforcement Officer (local, state)
Corrections Officer
U.S. Marshals
Drug Enforcement Administration Agent
Federal Government Staffer
Officer of the Courts
Some of the above positions may be incorporated in the Homeland Security Department

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced degrees beyond the BA/or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
108 Social Science Building
561-297-2316

College of Architecture,Urban & Public Affairs
220 SE 2nd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
954-762-5640


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Programs, and in cooperation with the College of Urban & Public Affairs and the Department of Criminal Justice.

Return to the Index

FAU Home Page