Criminal Justice

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“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Criminal Justice and Criminology covers the broad system of government practices and institutions directed at maintaining social control, deterring crime, upholding the law, and giving fair punishments to offenders. Criminal justice draws from many disciplines including sociology, psychology, political science, philosophy, and law. Students who are interested in pursuing careers in criminal justice will find a wide array of options in the field such as working in a police station or a government agency. By focusing on this concentration within the program of sociology, students will become effective citizens learning to deal with issues such as multiculturalism, inequality, and globalization.

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Interests and Skills

Good communication skills

Desire to help others/promote justice

Critical thinking

Ability to handle stress and physical tasks

Attention to detail


Work Environment

Careers in criminal justice can focus on aspects of social justice, crime-solving, prevention, and more.  The work settings can be located in a variety of industries and environments, which could be at the federal, state and local levels, as well as private sector organizations.  Some criminal justice positions are in an office environment while others are primarily mobile. 

Possible Job Titles

Police Officer

Probation Officer



FBI Agent

Crime Scene Investigator

Correctional Officer

Airline Security Representative

Police Detective

Animal Control Worker

Security Guard


Customs Agent

Nonprofit Organization Advocate

Social Worker

U.S. Marshal

Youth Advocate

Border Patrol Agent

Probation and Parole Officer

Postal Service Investigator

Military Officer

Employment Agency Recruiter

CIA Agent

ATF Agent

DEA Agent

Court Clerk

Enhance Your Qualifications

Students who focus in Criminal Justice within the Sociology major at William Paterson University have numerous opportunities to enhance their academic experience.  Students can join the Sociology Club, which will enable them to meet others in their major with similar interests and career goals, and participate in events to increase awareness of social issues relevant to your interests.  Students can obtain internships ranging from police stations to government agencies through the Sociology department.  Students can also apply for membership in a professional organization that fosters networking for those seeking opportunities in the field.

Related Web Sites

National Criminal Justice Association

The U.S. Department of Justice

Occupational Outlook


Criminal Justice USA

Other Sources of Information

Please drop by the Career Development and Advisement Center to learn more about careers in criminal justice. Visiting the Sociology department may also prove valuable in addressing questions.