Career outlook

What can I do with a degree in criminal justice?

Students earning a degree in criminal justice will receive a foundation of critical thinking, research, writing, and analytical skills. Career options in criminal justice are virtually limitless, and many CJ majors earn careers in law enforcement, the courts, corrections, or a variety of non-profit organizations that service the criminal justice system. Additionally, many continue on to graduate school earning a master's, doctoral, or juris doctor.

Transferable skills

A criminal justice degree offers skills in:

  • Critical thinking and basic analytical ability
  • Interpersonal and cross-cultural awareness
  • Analysis of evidence-based practices

Careers insights by degree

Graduate study

This degree also provides a solid foundation for graduate study in:

Notable people with a criminal justice degree

  • Andrew Lutaakome Kayiira (leader of the Uganda Freedom Movement (UFM))
  • Pauley Perrette (American actress, published writer, singer, and civil rights advocate)