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Category: Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has a mandate to uphold the U.S. Constitution and protect the American people. The agency accomplishes these goals with diverse teams of professionals from all sorts of backgrounds and with many different skillsets. From intelligence analysis to arts and communications, there is a varied range of opportunities available at the FBI. If you’re earning a BS in Justice Studies, you may find the following positions appealing.

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Students at GCU pursuing a justice studies degree will learn about criminal procedure. This refers to the set of rules governing how the government enforces criminal law. The basis for criminal procedure lies in the amendments to the Constitution. Specifically, the Bill of Rights guarantees due process, equal protection, the right to legal counsel, the right to confront witnesses, the right to a trial by jury and the right to not testify against yourself.

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By Kaylor Jones
Professional Writing and Psychology, Honors College

With a much more sophisticated approach to diagnosing and understanding mental illnesses than was present in the past few centuries, historians and psychologists are able to look back at some of the most influential historical figures and put together the puzzle pieces–what were once seen as abnormal behaviors can often be reinterpreted as symptoms of a retroactively diagnosed mental disorder.

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By Kennedy Lane
Professional writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sociology is the study of human life and the way that humans interact with one another. When you choose to study sociology, you have the opportunity to study a wide variety of topics such as crime, religion, social class structures and societal destabilization. By studying sociology, you will learn a variety of skills such as learning how to effectively communicate to multiple audiences, research skills, critical reasoning and servant leadership. These skills are helpful in any career path you choose, whether you choose to go into sociology or not after graduation. Here are some career paths that you can go into with having a sociology degree.

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Learn about America’s legal system and make an impact on society with Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies. Preparing students to affect lives, ensure fair treatment and enhance communities, this program will introduce you to adjudication, criminality and ethical leadership. If you’re interested in a career in law or law enforcement, read on to learn about our general education requirements for a BS in Justice Studies.

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People all over the world spend a lot of time online. This means their personal information is easy to collect if someone chooses to look. In some ways, this access to personal information is helpful. For example, it helps old friends reconnect and families stay in touch, but in other ways, it can be detrimental to people’s livelihoods and finances because of cyber-crimes.

Most crimes perpetrated on the Internet do not make headlines. We are reminded regularly not to download music, movies and images without the proper consent, but besides pirating, there are many other internet crimes that the public is not as aware of.

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Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Government degree is offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and has two emphasis areas for students to choose from. If you feel called to study government and pursue a career in law or policy, then keep reading for an introduction to the two emphasis areas of our Bachelor of Arts in Government program.

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Like with many other fields, law and law enforcement continue to evolve along with changes in society and technology. Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies is designed to prepare students to enter these fields by exploring the foundations of America’s legal system, covering the analytics and technology that are defining the future of law and examining contemporary components of the criminal justice system and civil law. If you’re wondering where a career in law or law enforcement can take you, then continue reading to learn about potential options for graduates of GCU’s BS in Justice Studies:

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