Criminal Justice Studies at SIUE
Criminal justice studies at SIUE, offered through the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, is a multidisciplinary degree program with a strong academic foundation in the liberal arts. Among the general topic studies are theories of crime and delinquency; the origins and development of criminal law and procedure; the functions and operations of criminal justice agencies in America, including the criminal justice response to juvenile offenders; the prevention of crime and delinquency; privatization in corrections and policing; the nature, meaning and purpose of criminal punishment; the nature and impact of criminal justice policy; and the relationship between criminal justice and human diversity.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies
- Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies
In recent years, career opportunities in fields linked with criminal justice have shown steady growth. While some jobs do not require a university degree, many others do, and a degree almost always improves a person’s chances for promotions and other career advancement. Because the criminal justice program at SIUE rests on a strong academic foundation, a wide variety of occupations will be accessible to its graduates. These include court administration, probation and parole, research and planning, community-based prevention, and treatment and working with juveniles and other special populations of offenders.
Criminal justice majors also are hired by law firms as researchers and by corporations that maintain internal security services or provide security services to clients. The many state and federal agencies involved in law enforcement and crime prevention also hire criminal justice majors as front-line officers as well as in the areas of administration, research, planning and human resources. Newer areas of work such as victim-witness advocacy, dispute resolution and neighborhood/community justice centers also provide employment opportunities for criminal justice majors.