This is a program that focuses on the criminal justice system, its organizational components and processes, and its legal and public policy contexts.
Includes instruction in criminal law and policy, police and correctional systems organization, the administration of justice and the judiciary, and public attitudes regarding criminal justice issues.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Criminal Justice/Safety Studies (use the College Search feature and enter "criminal justice" in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in Law Enforcement? Learn more on the Careers/Jobs/Internships in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Related Majors page.
What can you do with a major/degree in Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Major?
You will likely need a bachelor’s degree to launch your career in this field. Expect to work for local or federal law enforcement agencies with the task of developing plans for public emergency situations.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Criminal Justice Association
- International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts
- Fraternal Order of Police
- National Association of Police Organizations
- American Federation of Police and Concerned Citizens
- American Association of Code Enforcement
Publications/Magazines in Criminal Justice/Safety Studies