Working in law enforcement is a rewarding career that allows you to improve the quality of life in our communities. Our Criminal Justice major is designed to give you an understanding of both the criminal justice system in America and the school of criminology, in addition to sociological, psychological, biological, and ethical issues of concern to those who work in the field. It’s a major for those interested in the interrelationships between the criminal justice system and society. With a degree you can pursue a career in law enforcement, government, teaching or private industry.
Our recent graduates are enjoying rewarding careers in the following jobs:
What Can I Do With This Major?
These courses will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major.
These courses will not be counted in computing the GPA for the major but must be taken to complete the major.
Transfer students with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Applied Science, or Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice can follow 2+2 program requirements.
You may also be interested in one or more of the following:
Erin Krei '17 • A 2017 criminal justice major, Erin is pursuing her master's in biodefense from George Mason University.
Students pursuing a Criminal Justice degree have the opportunity to work on internships at various criminal justice agencies in Des Moines and the surrounding areas. Students have completed internships in many area businesses: Mainstream Living Inc., Fifth Judicial District-Dept. of Corrections, Polk/Warren County Juvenile court, Iowa Department of Human Services and the Altoona Police Department.
Earning a degree in criminal justice can help you get hired for many different job opportunities within the criminal justice field. While police officers make up a large portion of the professionals working in law enforcement, there are many more career options that you may want to consider.
With the wide range of roles available, you can find a job that is a good fit for your unique interests, skills, talents, and salary expectations.
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