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Why Earn a Degree in Criminal Justice?

What Do You Learn in Criminal Justice?

Southeastern University students who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice are required to complete general education course work in addition to classes in criminal justice. Course work in areas such as communication, history, math, science and business is taken alongside criminal justice-focused training and study, making for a well-rounded and rich education

 

How Criminal Justice and Criminology Overlap
Education, job duties and overall focus of the criminal justice and criminology fields do vary, but professionals in both fields ultimately work together to mitigate crime within communities. Both fields offer a wide variety of job opportunities for graduates, and both fields hold long-term promise; it is possible to create an extensive and rewarding career with a degree in either field..

 

Early Course Work in Criminal Justice
Criminal justice course work can best be understood when each course is viewed as a building block; students who take courses in the intended order will have greater understanding and comprehension of criminal justice concepts and typically achieve better grades. The program’s early course work includes Introduction to Sociology, a class that explores the components of sociology, and United States Constitution, which is about the history and meaning of our country’s government and founding laws.

 

Mid-Level Courses
SEU’s mid-level criminal justice course work has a heavy focus on the essential elements of criminal justice along with business and social work courses. Below is a quick guide to mid-level criminal justice classes offered at SEU:

  • Business Law I: A study of how various laws affect business operations
  • Criminal Justice System: A look at the elements of both the adult and juvenile justice systems
  • Sociology of Policing: An exploration of the relationship between people and society as it relates to law enforcement
  • Juvenile Delinquency: A study of deviant behavior by minors in society
  • American Criminal Courts: An examination of how local and state criminal court systems are organized and operated
  • Understanding Human Diversity: A look at human behavior in relation to social environments

 

Upper-Level Course Work and Senior Seminar
The final leg of an SEU criminal justice student’s course work is twofold. Students are expected to complete upper-level course work in conjunction with a senior seminar. The senior seminar provides a comprehensive look at the criminal justice field and is partially intended to help students choose and embark upon a suitable career path. In addition to the senior seminar, students complete the following course work:

  • Corrections and Punishment: This course helps students develop a sociological understanding of the punishment of criminals.
  • Theory and Criminal Justice: A look at the historical and modern-day practices, procedures and problems in how offenders are processed through the various agencies of the criminal justice system
  • Research Methods: An exploration of common techniques and procedures typically used to conduct criminal justice research

 

SEU’s criminal justice program provides a deep understanding and appreciation of all facets of criminal justice, including the history of the country’s law enforcement agencies, court system and the criminal justice system. Graduates can go on to become police officers, bailiffs, deputy sheriffs and corrections officers, among many other rewarding careers.