Criminal Justice. Photo of a man in a police officer uniform. Criminal Justice. Photo of a man in a police officer uniform.

What Can I Do with a Major in Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice offers students a comprehensive and dynamic understanding of crime, justice, punishment and corrections, policing, and the legal system within the context of a liberal arts education. Criminal Justice is the study of police, courts and law, corrections and punishment, juvenile justice, and the causes of crime and delinquency.

Top NACE* Employability Skills of focus in this degree program

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Oral and Written Communications
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Information Technology Application
  • Leadership
  • Professionalism and Work Ethic
  • Career Management

Local Job Statistics

According to the 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state of Ohio employs 2,870 people as judges/hearing officers, in addition to over 24,000 police and sheriff's patrol officers. The Occupational Outlook Handbook forecasts national job growth for police and detectives of 4% for the period 2014-2024.

Graduates with this degree are qualified for careers such as:

  • Detective/Investigator
  • Hearing Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Probation/Correctional Officer
  • Security Manager/Guard
  • Park Office
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Emergency Training Educator
  • Graduate Degree pursuit in related areas