What does a degree in Criminal Justice teach you?

What do you learn by getting a degree in Criminal Justice? Does it teach stuff like laws?

Or does it depend on what you want to learn?

I want to be in SWAT, and I am wondering what a degree in Criminal Justice teaches you. Please be informative. I basically know nothing of it.

If you could explain it simply and informatively, that would be amazing. (And earn you 10 points!)

Thanks to everyone in advance!

1 Answer

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago
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    I know this is not very short but you question cannot be answered with just a short bit.

    A criminal justice major will learn about the legal and correction systems in the United States, the philosophy of punishment and deterrence of crimes, and the ethical codes of behavior with which to make use of this knowledge. Criminal justice graduates are ready for careers in law enforcement, court administration, victim services, and corrections, and many use the degree to advance into law school and graduate programs.

    The study of criminal behavior and law enforcement is becoming more sophisticated. Professionals who work in today's police forces, court systems, correctional facilities, or related agencies need a broad social science background to be prepared for the range of career opportunities. The increasing complexity of American law and society requires that criminal justice professionals be properly educated before taking up their duties.

    Possible Job Titles for Advanced Criminal Justice Degree Holders


    Child Welfare Caseworker

    Contracts Administrator


    Corrections Facilities Manager

    Counter Intelligence Agent

    Court Administrator

    Criminal Investigator


    District Attorney

    FBI Agent

    Law Librarian


    Police Detective

    Private Investigator

    Public Defender

    Substance Abuse Counselor


    A degree will prepare you for criminal justice careers in the following areas:

    Local law enforcement:

    Park police

    County police

    Juvenile Justice Centers

    Sheriff Department

    State law enforcement:

    Crime labs

    State Crime Commissions

    Court System

    Attorney General Offices

    Narcotics Bureaus

    Liquor Control Boards

    State Police

    Federal law enforcement:

    Department of Defense

    Department of Homeland Security

    Federal Bureau of Investigation

    Department of Transportation

    Federal Trade Commission

    Veterans Affairs

    Customs Agency

    Immigration and Naturalization Service

    Food and Drug Administration

    Office of the Inspector General

    Private sector law enforcement:

    Insurance companies

    Private detectives

    Safety officers

    Security patrol officers

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