Professional/Career Opportunities

As a social science major, you’ll be ready to take on careers in fields such as law enforcement, corrections, community service, and probation and parole services. Criminal Justice/Criminology majors who choose to further their education will be prepared for graduate work in sociology, psychology, political science, social work, and law.

Some fast facts:

  • The U.S. Department of Labor projected that law enforcement and corrections are among the top 25 fastest growing occupational categories in the country.
  • All federal and most state agencies require employees to have a college degree.
  • Among agencies for which a degree is not a requirement, more and more recruiters still look for college graduates.

Additional Career Options

Positions in each tier of government are readily available to graduates with a BA in Criminal Justice/Criminology. Below is a list of your potential employers or careers:

Federal Level

  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Federal Marshall
  • Immigration and Naturalization Services
  • Secret Service

State Level

  • Institutional Caseworker
  • Juvenile Detention Facilities
  • Missouri and Illinois State Correctional Facilities
  • Missouri and Illinois State Highway Patrol
  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources Park Services
  • Probation and Parole Services
  • State Liquor Control Commission

Local Level

  • Community Research and Planning
  • Domestic Violence Agencies
  • Halfway Houses and Pre-Release Programs
  • Legal Assistant
  • Municipal Peace Officer
  • Victims of Crime Assistance Program

Some of our graduates are employed by:

  • St. Charles Police Department
  • University City Police Department
  • Jennings Police Department
  • Chesterfield Police Department
  • Sunset Hills Police Department
  • St Louis County Police Department
  • Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Federal Probation and Parole, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Maryville University, Public Safety Officer
  • Missouri Department of Youth Services
  • Missouri Office of the Public Defender (45th Judicial Circuit)
  • Missouri Probation and Parole Potosi Correctional Facility, substance abuse advisor
  • St. Charles Probation and Parole
  • Scottsbluff County Attorney’s Office-Child Support Enforcement Officer

Others were accepted into:

  • Graduate Program at Eastern Michigan University
  • Graduate Program at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
  • Graduate Program at University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Saint Louis University School of Law
  • Washington University School of Law
  • Valparaiso University School of Law

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