The Criminal Justice curriculum is designed to give in-service personnel a better working knowledge of our rapidly changing society and to strengthen their skills in the technical functions of criminal justice. It is also aimed at the young person who is seeking a career in criminal justice. Therefore, all courses are offered in both day and evening classes whenever possible. The person in criminal justice today and tomorrow needs a strong liberal arts background with highly specialized criminal justice education in order to achieve identity as a professional. This new status must be reached if the officer is to meet the needs of a changing society.
A criminal justice practitioner must have a broad general education in science, human relations, and the philosophy of American jurisprudence to be qualified to do the sensitive and difficult work required. While it is essential that personnel be physically trained to function properly for their own safety and that of the public, it is equally necessary that they acquire the professional perspective that only education can give them.
The program is set up to accommodate your interest in the different areas of criminal justice. You should consult your academic adviser regarding your desired course of study.
Participation in co-curricular activities at The University of Akron provides valuable professional experience and an opportunity to interact with other criminal justice students and professionals. These opportunities add a valuable dimension to your criminal justice education.
Classroom training is enhanced through student activities. As a criminal justice major, you may be interested in the following student organizations:
The Criminal Justice program provides students a professional perspective of the criminal justice system through skill development and technical instruction. Courses are designed to develop a better understanding of our rapidly changing society.
With a degree in Criminal Justice, you can work in a wide variety of positions at the different levels of government as well as well as in corrections and private industry. You can find positions in any of the following areas:
Central Intelligence Agency
United States Secret Service
Internal Revenue Service
Bureau of Narcotics
Office of Naval Intelligence
Over fifty other agencies concerned with some aspect of law enforcement
Crime Control Commission
Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Over 200 other state agencies in the U.S. concerned with some aspect of law enforcement
Prison security officer
Juvenile court officer
|Corporate Security Officer
Retail Loss Prevention Agent
Insurance Claims Investigator
This list is current as of August 23, 2010. Contact Academic Advising Services for updates.
Minor degrees will only be awarded at the time a student receives a baccalaureate degree and only if the over-all GPA for the minor courses is at least a 2.0.