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What Can I do with a Justice Studies Degree?


By Jessalyn Johnson
English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

If you have a passion for making the world a better place, you may be interested in law or justices studies. By choosing to earn a justice studies degree, you have a variety of career options available to you upon graduation.

GCU’s Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies gives you the opportunity to examine criminal theory and learn the components of the U.S. criminal justice system. A few of the topics covered in the program include crime and causation theories, objectives and strategies of police, data analysis, methods of research, and political impact of terrorism and emergency management. There are many other topics covered in the program, with resources and tools in place to help ensure that you have the chance to be successful upon graduation.

Below are just a few options you may choose to pursue after earning your justice studies degree:

Private Detective or Investigator

A private investigator is hired by a group or individual to investigate suspicious activity to gain useful information to support a criminal case. Many private investigators are hired by attorneys for specific civil cases in which they are needed.

Corrections Officer

Corrections officers supervise and protect prisons and jails while also being responsible for the care and control of those who are awaiting trial or being taken to prison. A prison officer enforces the rules as to keep the prisoners, as well as those outside of the prison, safe.

FBI Agent

Agents for the FBI are there to serve, protect and defend the U.S. against threats of foreign intelligence or terrorism, and strictly enforce laws upon criminals. The process of application to become an FBI agent is rigorous, but can be rewarding for an individual with a passion for serving justice.

Law School

A lawyer practices the law and works to protect and defend clients from unfair or unlawful punishment or imprisonment. This career requires strict knowledge of the law in order to solve specific theories or problems for any case they are given. Lawyers uphold justice and ensure that all parties are represented as fairly and as lawfully as possible. Those interested in this profession must apply and be accepted to a law school following completion of their undergraduate degree.

Graduate School

If you are passionate about criminology or law, you may decide to further your education. Grand Canyon offers a master’s degrees in criminal justice, with emphases in legal studies and law enforcement. These programs can help prepare you for a successful future in justice, or allow you to take your education even farther to gain as much insight into the field as possible before going into your desired career.

Visit our website to learn more about Grand Canyon University’s justice studies program or the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.  

About Jessalyn Johnson
English Literature Major, Digital Copywriter for GCU Blogs

Jessalyn Johnson is a senior at Grand Canyon University, completing the final year of her BA in English Literature. Originally from Melbourne, FL, Jessalyn has come to enjoy living in the desert of Arizona. Since freshman year she has occupied several different positions on the editorial board of GCU’s literary review, StartleBloom, which is approaching its third volume. In her free time, Jessalyn enjoys creative writing, photography, writing music and participating in the plays and musicals put on by GCU’s Ethington Theatre.

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