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A future in Criminal Justice
By Amber Gragert
As a Christian you may have even more of a calling to this line of study and work than others. God's word speaks of His desire for fairness and justice and our simple belief in Him and His word give us as Christians a sort of innate moral compass. Isaiah 1:7 says, "Learn to do right; seek justice. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow." In Hosea 12:8 it says, "But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice and wait for your God always." And in Proverbs 28:5, "Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully." These are only a few examples of how we are called to live rightly and justly - setting a loving and Godly example to the world.
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Are you the kind of person Martin Luther King Jr. speaks of in the above quote? One who is willing to suffer, struggle, and sacrifice – one who will passionately and tirelessly strive for justice? Do scriptures about truth and justice ignite a passion within you to pursue it? The criminal justice field is for exactly those people. People with characteristics like honesty, integrity, a strong sense of ethics, sound judgment, very observant and analytical thinkers, people that enjoy investigation, have good communication skills and natural leadership tendencies. With these characteristics you should do well in the justice system.
Criminal justice is an interdisciplinary major which means you will study everything from psychology and sociology, to public administration, to law and beyond. You will study law backward, forward and sideways. You will learn the ins and outs of the judicial system, along with everything there is to know about police departments and other law enforcement agencies. Typical course work will include administration, constitutional law, criminal investigation, criminal justice, criminal justice reform, evidence, forensic law, judicial process, psychology, sociology and victimology.
Employment opportunities include:
• Correctional Officer
• Fish and Game Warden
• FBI or CIA Agent
• Forensic Physiologist
• Homicide Detective
• Immigration/Customs Enforcement
• Intelligence Analyst
• Private Investigator
• Probation Officer
• Police Officer
• Security Officer
• State Trooper