Criminology and Justice Studies Degree Careers
What can you do with a College Degree in Criminology and Justice Studies?
The degree prepares students to pursue careers in criminal justice and social service
agencies, as well as graduate studies in such fields as criminology, criminal justice,
and justice studies. Students with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Justice
Studies can pursue a wide variety of jobs. These job opportunities might include
government as well as community service agencies geared towards delinquent youth and
families, law enforcement and correctional agencies and non-profit organizations that
examine social and legal justice practices both at home and abroad. Students interested
in these careers should consult with advisors in appropriate areas as they plan their
Here are some careers that a Criminology and Justice Studies major may enter:
Interested in justice, law, and social change? The focus of the Criminology & Justice
Studies Program is not one of criminal justice concerns, but rather, one concerned
with creating a more just society. Students learn to critically assess the obstacles
and opportunities central to the pursuit of justice. A major in Criminology & Justice
Studies at CSUSM provides academic training for those interested in the following
- Social Advocacy: Social advocacy in economic, legal, political, and cultural realms
that include inequality in law and law enforcement, civil and human rights, and victim
- Public Policy: Majors have options in career fields that conduct research, advocate,
evaluate, and set public policy agendas.
- Law: Majors may consider going on to public interest-oriented law degrees or graduate
degrees that focus on justice concerns in society.
- Research: Local governments hire Criminology and Justice Studies majors to understand
the impact of tougher laws on neighborhoods as well as to help corrections officials
determine the effects of new programs and regulations on the prison population.
- Investigations: Criminology and Justice Studies majors may help law enforcement officials
anticipate crime by identifying obscure patterns.
- Corrections: Criminology and Justice Studies majors may work as a police or probation
officers with offenders in the community or in an institutional setting.
- Social Services: Majors provide services to victims of crime by helping prepare them
for court or by providing other supports to them in the community; they may support
inmates upon their release from prison; and they may become involved in community-based
alternatives to the criminal justice system.