Social Justice

What can I do with a major in criminal justice?

January 01, 2017 by Brandman University

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice takes a scientific approach to the study of unlawful behaviors in complex sociological settings, in both the private and public sectors.

The program is designed to explore the complex profiles of those who commit crimes, analyze how the American correctional system manages them, and evaluates the impact of Homeland Security in a post 9/11 world.

  Law Enforcement




 Skills Needed
  • High ethical standards
  • Critical thinking
  • Investigative
  • Analytical problem solving
  • Nonverbal
  • Communication
  • Physically fit/strength
  • Perceptive
  • Emotionally Intelligent
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Decisive and Persuasive
  • Detail oriented
  • Strong communicator Researching
  • Writing
  • Organization
  • Technology Interpersonal skills
  • Communication
  • Practical problem solving
  • Decisiveness
  • Resilience
  • Negotiation
  • Physically fit/strength
  • Calm under pressure
  • Good judgment
  • Self-discipline
  • Listening
  • Organized
  • Leadership
  • Empathy
  • Communication
  • Perseverance
  • Creativity
  • Analytical
  • Researching
  • Selfless
Possible Occupations*   

Sworn Positions

  • Officer (local, state and federal level)
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Federal Agent (FBI, DEA, ATF, Secret Service)
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Nonsworn Positions

  • Police Dispatcher
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Evidence Technician
  • Crime Analyst
  • Loss Prevention
  • Paralegal
  • Legal Assistant
  • Legal Researcher
  • Court Reporter
  • Court Clear
  • Court Officer
  • Mediator
  • Arbitrator
  • Attorney/Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Correctional Officer
  • Parole and Probation Officer
  • Juvenile Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Parole Board Hearing Officer
  • Corrections Counselor
  • Youth Services Counselor/Aide
  • Domestic Violence Advocate
  • Event and Fundraising
  • Legal Advocate
  • Victim Witness Coordinator
  • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
*The above is a list of possible fields, occupations, and employers representative, but not exclusive or limited to, employment options for a Criminal Justice major. Some positions listed may require additional training, education, licensure, and/or experience prior to job eligibility.


Professional Associations for Criminal Justice Majors

Professional associations provide a connection with other professionals in your field to learn, share, and discuss professional interests. Associations also provide great opportunities to network and explore additional early care and education career information.

American Criminal Justice Association

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

American Correctional Association

Federal Bureau of Prisons

National Sheriff's Association

American Society for Industrial Security

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association

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