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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Students majoring in criminology and criminal justice study all aspects of crime from prevention to community response. Informed by sociology, psychology and anthropology, this interdisciplinary degree equips students with the problem-solving and critical-thinking skills necessary to be successful in the workforce or graduate studies, including law school.

Skills for Success

 Transferable Skills

  • Understand working relationship of stakeholders
  • Identify needs of stakeholders
  • Identify problems and solutions to cotemporary issues
  • Emphasis on oral and written communication
  • Ability to write clearly and persuasively
  • Independent study projects
  • Utilizing literature reviews
  • Database construction and management
  • Data cleaning
  • Statistical training
  • Work on group projects
  • Debates/dialogs with students
  • Ability to lead groups
  • Plan organizational meetings
  • Attend regional and national conferences
  • Advanced work in special topics
  • Understanding cultural, racial, and gender differences


Career Prospects

Criminology and criminal justice graduates cultivate skills and knowledge applicable to a variety of job opportunities , including positions in:

  • State/federal law enforcement
  • Probation/parole
  • Higher education
  • Research organizations
  • Corrections
  • Homeland security
  • Victim assistance
  • Juvenile justice
  • Law/attorney
  • Victim advocate
  • Forensics
  • Loss prevention
  • Criminalist
  • Arbitration
  • Public service
  • Human services
  • Crime scene analysis
  • Counseling
  • Computer crime investigation


Current Career Opportunities

Here is a sample of recent job postings that our students are uniquely qualified for.

Practitioner Positions

The Ocean City, MD, Police Department is hiring!

Each Summer, the Ocean City, MD Police Department hires approximately 150 seasonal employees to assist with the busy Summer Resort. Each of these positions are paid and can count as internship credits through your university if approved. We have both sworn police officers and civilian positions (Public Safety Aide and Communications).

OCPD will be testing this Fall and Spring of 2022 on the following weekends:

    October 16/17, 2021
    November 20/21, 2021
    December 18/19, 2021
    January 8/9, 2022
    January 29/30, 2022
    February 19/20, 2022 (Read Below Concerning This Date)

(It is recommended that applicants test as early as possible. This will ensure that there is plenty of time to complete the background process, as well as find affordable housing.)

If you'd like to attend one of our Testing Sessions, you will need the following:

  • Completed Application (located on our Website)
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Signed Physician's Waiver (Police Officer Applicants Only)

For additional information:


Academic Positions

This section will be updated in the new academic year. 

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