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November 18, 2016

Spotlight On Criminal Justice: Why Seek a Criminal Justice Degree?

Statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigations indicate that violent crime is on the decline, but this progress can only be maintained if talented and passionate individuals continue to seek rewarding careers in criminal justice.

If you are interested in making a difference and helping communities in desperate need of safety and security, you are a great candidate for the Criminal Justice degree program at Geneva College. While enrolled in this program, you will gain a faith-based understanding of the current criminal justice system, as well as insight from some of the industry's most influential figures.

What types of classes are included in Geneva's Criminal Justice curriculum?

The Criminal Justice program includes an interdisciplinary selection of courses, designed to provide the comprehensive understanding of psychology and social systems needed for success in law enforcement and justice. Subjects are approached from a Christian perspective, with students exploring how their service in this admirable profession will contribute to the Kingdom of God.

Students enrolled in Geneva's Criminal Justice program can choose from one of three concentrations: Federal Law Enforcement, Leadership, or Juvenile Development & Justice. Criminal Justice students also have the opportunity to minor in Spanish.

The following are a few of the core courses Criminal Justice students take:

·         Criminology

·         Probation and Parole

·         Criminal Justice Systems

·         Restorative Justice

·         Juvenile Justice

A variety of electives are offered as well, including:

·         Victimology

·         Homeland Security

·         Women and the Criminal Justice System

·         Computer Investigation

·         Cyberlaw

In addition to taking the courses highlighted above, students complete internships and senior seminars, which allow them to apply what they've learned in a practical context.

What can I do with a Criminal Justice degree?

Many Criminal Justice graduates become public sector employees, including police officers, probation officers, and behavioral counselors. Others pursue careers with the FBI, CIA, DEA, or other government agencies. A surprising number of graduates find work in the private sector, often as security guards or in fraud investigation. Geneva's Criminal Justice program gives students an extensive understanding of psychology and sociology; students who master these topics may be able to transfer their knowledge to fields outside of criminal justice.

What is the career outlook for Criminal Justice graduates?

The outlook is promising for those who graduate from the Criminal Justice program at Geneva College, although prospects differ based on graduates' preference for the public or private sector. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that police officers and detectives earned a median income of $60,270 in 2015. Those working for the federal government enjoyed impressive mean annual wages of $101,700. Currently, employment prospects in the public sector are most promising in Texas, California, New York, and Pennsylvania.

In the private sector, job growth is impressive, especially among security guards and gaming surveillance officers. A BLS report suggests that as many as 55,000 security guard positions will become available between 2014 and 2024. Potential earnings are more impressive, however, for information security analysts, who earn a median salary of $90,120 per year. At 18 percent growth (compared to a national average of 7 percent), the job outlook for information security analysts is excellent.

Whether you prefer to work in the public or private sector, your Criminal Justice degree can help you accomplish great things. For more information on how Geneva College can help you pursue your academic and career goals, contact us at 855-979-5563 or