Criminal Justice

Criminal justice, often considered together with criminology, is the study of criminal offending, victimization, and processing of offenders by the criminal justice system.

Criminal Justice considers a broad range of topics that include: identifying motivations and opportunities for criminal offending, predicting patterns of offending, examining patterns of offending and victimization across different groups in society, evaluating the effectiveness of various crime control policies, and examining the primary components of the the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

This tool should only be used as a guide — remember to meet with your academic adviser, Career Services and/or faculty to determine appropriate career options.

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    Child Welfare Case Worker

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    Correctional Facility Warden

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    Correctional Treatment Specialist

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    Probation Officer

    • Career & Salary Information
    • Possible Career Options
    • Median Salary*
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    * Median salary for the state of Michigan

    ** These professional organizations provide an excellent starting point for your research. There are many more resources available online.

    Additional Considerations

    Some careers may require additional education. See your academic adviser for more information.

    • Bailiff
    • Corrections Officer
    • Court Reporter
    • Detective
    • Labor Relations Specialist
    • Legal Clerk
    • Private Investigator
    • Warden