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A Criminal Justice bachelor's degree from College of the Ozarks prepares a student to compete for professional positions within a wide range of government and private justice-related agencies by providing a comprehensive education that includes core and collateral courses along with a specific field of study within the two following emphases:

  • Corrections,
  • Law Enforcement.

Criminal Justice majors have the opportunity to participate in field trips to prisons, jails, law enforcement agencies, and other justice system sites and facilities. In their junior and senior years a student may participate in the Criminal Justice Internship program, in which students are assigned duties in a criminal justice agency for academic credit.

A Criminal Justice bachelor's degree from College of the Ozarks is valued and respected by a wide range of agencies in the Midwest and beyond. The Criminal Justice program frequently receives calls from former students relating how well their educational experience from College of the Ozarks prepared them for their career. There are a number of graduates who are either in law school, working for a law enforcement agency or juvenile delinquency agency, or in one of many other criminal justice related career fields.


Careers in Criminal Justice

College of the Ozarks Criminal Justice majors have the potential for employment with agencies and careers such as:


  • U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
  • Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
  • U.S. General Services Administration
  • U.S. Army Intelligence & U.S. Army Military Police
  • State Highway and Water Patrol
  • State Criminal Investigator (within a number of various divisions)
  • State Probation & Parole Office
  • State Division of Youth Services Office
  • State Juvenile Office
  • State Department of Conservation
  • County Sheriff’s Office
  • City Police Department
  • Detective
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Legal Assistant
  • Private Corporations: Security, Insurance Fraud Investigators, Surveillance Specialists, etc.

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