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Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science Degree

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The undergraduate criminal justice program at UCM offers a holistic academic experience that balances classroom studies and hands-on opportunities. The program is broad and includes courses in criminal justice management and administration, policing, criminal investigation, forensics, the legal system, law, corrections, probation and parole, the juvenile justice system, and international criminal justice.

The majority of criminal justice employers stress the importance of a college education, and individuals' educational backgrounds influence their opportunities for promotion and command responsibility in the criminal justice field. UCM's Criminal Justice degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and training they need for career entry and advancement. It is one of the oldest criminal justice programs in the nation. This program is also one of the largest and most highly respected in the world.

Justice Institute

The department is home to the Institute of Justice and International Studies, which supports collaboration between students and faculty members around the world. It also hosts an annual two-week study tour of a foreign country's criminal justice system, and an annual conference that brings international experts to UCM to present on a variety of current topics.

About the Faculty

The faculty is composed of highly qualified and dedicated individuals who possess the necessary education and experience to present the theoretical and practical aspects of criminal justice. All of the department's faculty members hold earned doctorates, or have received their Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees. Active research, workshop and seminar participation, as well as professional field service, keep faculty members on the cutting edge with their ever-growing field. UCM's criminal justice faculty members have become notable in a variety of research areas, including issues surrounding police accountability, juvenile justice, domestic and international terrorism, probation and parole, and the crime of sexual assault, among others.

Career Opportunities

Numerous employment opportunities are available for men and women interested in criminal justice positions. Employment opportunities exist with federal agencies; private industry; educational institutions; city, county and state agencies; the Armed Forces; and correctional and rehabilitation agencies. Among UCM's criminal justice alumni are judges, attorneys, professors, hundreds of chiefs of police and police administrators from all parts of the world, as well as members of almost every federal law enforcement and corrections agency.

The department boasts above a 90% employment rate of their graduates within six months of graduation. The university's Office of Career Services assists criminal justice majors and other students who are seeking employment. Interviews are conducted on campus throughout the year.

Student Involvement

There are many ways for criminal justice students to become involved on campus. The department sponsors four career-oriented organizations, a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society; American Criminal Justice Association - Lambda Alpha Epsilon; Pre-Law Students Association, a mock trial team; and a student chapter of the American Correctional Association. These organizations are dedicated to the promotion of high standards of professionalism in criminal justice disciplines. Moreover, Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE) has distinguished itself in both regional and national competitions with other LAE organizations by sweeping top honors for an unprecedented ten consecutive years.

The department also offers an internship course to qualified students. Internships allow students to gain practical experience in the operation of various components of the criminal justice system. Internships are available with law enforcement agencies, correctional institutions, juvenile justice agencies and other areas related to criminal justice. Stipends are provided to interns by some participating agencies.

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Department of Criminal Justice