445 - Bachelor's degrees in criminal justice awarded in 2015-16
Fall 2015 - Launch of new doctoral program in criminal justice
4 - UCF campuses offering a bachelor's degree in criminal justice (Orlando, Cocoa, Daytona Beach, Valencia West)
1 - Rank of online undergraduate program by bestcolleges.com
The career opportunities for graduates in criminal
justice are unlimited. Graduates can become police, correctional or
probation officers, administrators, police chiefs, crime analysts,
private security administrators, superintendents, sheriffs,
attorneys, program directors or elected officials.
The outlook for students entering law enforcement or the
correctional fields is expected to be good. Although the level of
government spending influences the employment in these areas, the
recent support of more professionals in these areas is a trend that
is expected to continue. The need to replace currently employed
professionals who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor
force, coupled with rising employment demand, should generate
thousands of job openings each year. With experience and additional
education, qualified professionals may advance to supervisory,
administrative or counseling positions.
In addition to speaking with an advisor, any of the books listed
below might help students decide on a career in criminal
Johnston, Coy H. (2015). Careers in Criminal Justice. Thousand
Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
Harr, J. Scott, and Karen M. Hess. (2010). Careers in Criminal
Justice and Related Professions: From Internship to Promotion
(Sixth Edition). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
The Justice Research Association. (2003). Your Criminal Justice
Career: A Guidebook. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Stephens, W. Richard, Jr. (2001). Careers in Criminal Justice
(Second Edition). Upper Saddle, NJ: Prentice Hall
What Can I Do With a Degree in Criminal Justice?
Many occupations today require college-educated individuals who
can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information
quickly, and work well with others on a team. This means that
college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields.
A future career may relate as much to a student's
personal career interests, work values and transferable skills as
his or her specific academic major.
Criminal justice, legal studies and protective services are
the study of several interrelated fields that focus on the
effective implementation of law and legal procedures as well as the
relationship of laws to the safety and protection of life and
property. Legal services are more concerned with research and
support related to the understanding and interpretation of law,
legal procedures and practices. Study in law enforcement
concentrates on the implementation of laws aimed at ensuring the
peaceful cooperation, security and safety of human lives and