WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS DEGREE?
The Justice Studies major is intended for students planning graduate study or careers in public and community service, including law, social justice, public administration, environmental protection, and urban affairs, plus those preparing to assume various civic roles in service or influencing policy formation in their communities.
While some students use their Justice Studies degree for graduate work in law or social sciences, others join the workforce as administrators, community activists, practitioners, and researchers.
- Many Justice Studies professions require candidates to possess strong observational, critical-analytical, oral and written communication skills and good computer skills.
- The ability to live abroad is also desirable.
- Develop good listening skills and the ability to work well with a wide rage of diverse populations.
- Be willing to start in an entry-level job in order to prepare for more advanced career opportunities.
- Obtain experience through volunteer, practicum, service learning or internship opportunities.
- Supplement program of study with courses in Psychology, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, or Economics.
- Depending upon one’s career goals, earn a master’s degree in disciplines such as justice studies, psychology, counseling, environmental studies, or political science to obtain positions involving therapy, higher levels of administration, or research. Earn the doctorate degree for university teaching positions.
- Conduct informational interviews with professionals in fields of interest to learn more about opportunities.
- Civil/Human Rights
- Consumer Rights
- Court Administration
- Economic Security
- Environmental Protection
- Higher Education
- Housing/Urban Development
- Victim advocacy
- Peace and Justice
- Public Policy
- Social activism
- Environmental Activism
- Alternative Schools
- Domestic Violence Agencies
- Immigration and Naturalization Services
- Juvenile Group Homes
- Nonprofit Organizations
- Reintegration Programs
- Women’s and Family Shelters
- Seek courses or training in topics such as social problems and diversity issues.
- Supplement curriculum with courses in psychology, economics, political science, or environmental studies.
- Gain experience working with a juveniles population in any capacity (i.e. sports teams, summer cap counselor, parks and recreation programs, and community/religious youth groups.
- Gain related experience in employment interviewing, social casework, substance abuse, and restorative justice.
- Learn to work well with people of diverse backgrounds.
- Consider living abroad.
- Maintain a blemish-free driving and criminal record.
- Earn a master’s degree in psychology, law & society, or counseling for therapy positions.
- Obtain a master’s degree in Justice Studies or Business for upper-level positions in facilities management or administration.
Judiciary and Law
- Court reporting
- Legal Assistance
- Legal Research
- Local, state, and federal courts
- Law Firms
- Corporate Legal Departments
- Public Interest law organizations
- Consider a double major or minor in the social sciences such as psychology, anthropology, communication, environmental studies, gender studies, political science.
- Obtain a law degree from a law school accredited both by the American bar Association (ABA) and Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
- Learn to use software packages such as CD-ROM research databases.
- Develop strong critical, research, computer, and writing skills.
- Maintain a high grade point average to gain admittance into law school.
Federal Government Organizations
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- Postal Service
- Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- National Park Service
- Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
- Private Security
- Investigating Systems Integration
- Private Investigation
- Internet Security
- Loss and Prevention
- Insurance Companies
- Private Security Companies
- Software Companies
- Hotels and Resorts
- Health Care Facilities
- Transportation Services
- Nuclear Power Plants
- Online Companies
- Minor in business or computer science.
- Seek practicum/internship experiences that include training in the hardware and software of security systems.
- Maintain good physical fitness.
- Develop exceptional written and oral communication skills.
- Seek leadership opportunities and develop strong interpersonal skills.
- Earn a graduate degree in business or law for upper-level positions
- Colleges and Universities
- Adult Education Providers
- Public and Private High Schools
- Earn a graduate degree for post-secondary teaching opportunities.
- Serve as a tutor for other students.
- Develop strong critical, written and oral communication skills
- Assist a professor with research.
- Take additional methods coursework.