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Criminal Justice

In addition to the Southeast Missouri State University Cape campus, this degree is offered at our regional campuses in Kennett and Sikeston.


A major in criminal justice offers outstanding academic preparations for careers in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, etc. The Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology prepares students to contribute to the pressing social problems in the areas of crime prevention, protection and rehabilitation. A college degree is becoming necessary to advance in today’s criminal justice careers.

What You'll Do

  • Learn from faculty with extensive professional experience and advanced academic degrees
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major components, functions and interdependent operations of the criminal justice system
  • Evaluate the nature, causation, and prevention of crime, recognizing and critiquing criminological theories
  • Exhibit the ability to access, evaluate, conduct, interpret, and apply criminal justice research and practices

What You'll Study

  • CJ 220 Criminal Law
  • SO 305 Race, Gender, Class & Crime
  • SO 360 Criminology
  • CJ 370 Juvenile Justice

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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Highway patrol
  • US Marshals
  • Secret Service
  • Private Security
  • Correctional Facilities
  • DEA


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