What You Can Do with a Criminal Justice Degree

Department of Human Resources
The Department of Human Resources offers educational programs that share the common goal of preparing students to work with people in a variety of human services agencies and organizations. The human services field is one of the most rapidly expanding career fields in America today. The Human Resources Department focuses on those careers which require professional preparation and training for service to individuals, families, groups, and the community. Degree programs include Counseling, Criminal Justice, and Social Work.
In addition to a general career field, the Counseling student may select a concentration in rehabilitation, aging services, or services to the deaf.

Criminal Justice Program
The primary objective of the Criminal Justice degree is to prepare students for professional jobs in the criminal justice system. The curriculum provides a core program of basic courses applicable to all criminal justice fields and specialized courses intended to prepare the student for the professional demands of adult corrections, juvenile justice, or law enforcement. Students gain practical experience through completion of an internship or, for those seeking CLEET certification, the Collegiate Officer Program (COP).

Student Organizations

  • Lambda Alpha Epsilon - National Criminal Justice Association
  • Alpha Phi Sigma - National Criminal Justice Honor Society

So what kind of job can I get with a Criminal Justice degree?

  • Probation Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • State Trooper
  • Correctional Officer
  • FBI Agent
  • Fish & Game Warden
  • CIA Agent
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Security Guard
  • US Marshal
  • Private Detective
  • Fraud Investigator
  • US Postal Inspector
  • Blood Spatter Analyst
  • Homicide Detective
  • DEA Agent
  • Secret Service Agent
Show Me the Money!
The Chicago Tribune reports that college graduates earn on average 75% more money than those who only have a high school degree. In particular, graduates with a criminal justice degree typically can earn between $30,000 and $36,000 for entry level jobs. (NACE 2016 Salary Survey)
Criminal Justice Program at a Glance
Acting Dean: Dr. Brad Jessop, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Chair: Dr. Joy Patton, LMSW, MA
Coordinator: Dr. Michael Copeland
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Minors: 2
Faculty: 3 full-time
Organizations: 2
Scholarships: 3
Location: 219G Horace Mann

Degree Options

Law Enforcement/Collegiate Office Program
The Law Enforcement degree prepares students for employment in a number of entry-level law enforcement agencies including federal, state, and municipal policing. Law enforcement majors receive both theoretical and practical work in preparation for positions in the largest segment of the American criminal justice system. The purpose of the Collegiate Officer Program is to provide the law enforcement major with an opportunity to complete State of Oklahoma peace office certification through a Council of Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) approved curriculum in conjunction with completion of bachelor degree requirements.

Juvenile Justice Program
The Juvenile Justice degree is designed to prepare individuals to work with juveniles in a variety of entry-level professional positions. The course work provides both a theoretical and practical base for dealing with juveniles and their families. Some entry-level positions include court related and community services, youth services, and work in juvenile bureaus.

Adult Corrections Program
The Adult Corrections degree has a primary objective of preparing individuals to work in a variety of entry-level professional positions. Some of these positions include probation and parole, correctional case management, and community corrections. The course work provides a knowledge foundation in all facets of adult corrections and will afford each student the opportunity to determine a specific correctional area of interest.

Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program
Inside-Out brings college students—particularly those pursuing careers in criminal justice and related fields—together with incarcerated men and women to study as peers in seminars behind the prison walls at Lexington Assessment and Reception Center.
The program provides a life-altering experience that allows undergraduate students to contextualize and rethink what they have learned in the classroom, gaining insights that will help them to better pursue the work of creating a more effective, humane and restorative criminal justice system.