The Criminal Justice program prepares students for a variety of careers in federal,
state or local criminal justice agencies. Groups of electives are designed to provide
additional instruction in your area of interest: Homeland Security, Crime Scene Investigations,
Victim Advocacy, and Crime Prevention.
The field of Criminal Justice has grown dramatically in the last two decades. Surging
crime rates and ancillary support to law enforcement and other first-line operators
of the criminal justice system are in high demand. In Central Ohio, retiring practitioners
will continue to provide space for many entry level positions in this field.
The Criminal Justice degree is heavily weighted in the basics of the law and in the
fundamentals of the Criminal Justice System from many perspectives. Students will
be provided instruction on a variety of criminal justice related topics. Groups of
electives have been designed to provide particular instruction in the areas of Homeland
Security, Victim Advocacy, Crime Scene Investigations, and Emerging Trends.
The crime prevention industry is growing fast. Private investigators, security professionals,
crime prevention consultants, and crime prevention analysts are from every walk of
life and can be found in both the private and public sector. Students taking these
groups of electives will obtain instruction on best practices in crime prevention
and much more.
In large part to the victim's rights movement, states like Ohio have enacted legislation
that requires many components of the Criminal Justice System to provide an advocate
for crime victims that can help them navigate the system and answer their questions
about victim's funds and other complicated issues they may face. These front-line
positions in the criminal justice field are pivotal to an efficiently operating system
and these individuals must be training both in objective review of cases and the best
way to help a victim navigate complex life issues revolving around their victimization.
In a post-9/11/2001 era, homeland security is a distinct focus of many agencies in
the Criminal Justice System. Local, state, and federal agencies have developed robust
capabilities to combat terrorism both domestically and abroad. The 20+ federal agencies
that comprise the Department of Homeland Security routinely employee individuals to
facilitate their respective missions, but other corners of the arena are filled with
homeland security experts.