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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 Charleston Police Department is currently hiring!

They are hosting a Zoom Career Information Session on May 28, 2020 at 6:00pm (EST) to learn about the application process and all the department has to offer. 

Zoom login: 713-198-2555

Please contact Officer Cherry ( or 843-725-9619) with any questions before the event and for the password to enter the Zoom discussion.

Academic Positions

This section will be updated in the new academic year. 

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