- law enforcement
- law and justice
- forensic science
- juvenile justice
- criminal investigation
The Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice program prepares students for graduate school or an entry-level position in the criminal justice field. The criminology major is interdisciplinary in that faculty have been trained in a number of fields and are thus able to offer students a diversity of courses. Students receive exposure to the most recent thinking and research in each substantive area.
Criminology students can begin a criminal justice career before graduation through internships in all areas – police work, the courts, customs, corrections, juvenile facilities, enforcement, investigation, safety and security, public defender’s office, etc. – and on all levels of government.
The program offers small classes and individualized guided research projects. Judges, lawyers, government officials, public defenders, state attorneys, U.S. Customs officials, law enforcement personnel and FBI agents are frequent guest speakers. Students participate in “working tours” at the Arcadia State Hospital, Florida Bar Conferences, juvenile detention center, crime labs and adult correctional facilities.
Students have opportunities for comparative summer studies in England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Scotland. These trips allow students to compare enforcement and criminal justice systems not just in a textbook, but in the countries themselves.
Students who choose to enter the workforce after graduation have found employment in a variety of criminal justice agencies, such as U.S. Customs, Associated Marine Institutes (alternative juvenile facility), Capital Collateral (Florida’s Death Penalty Appellate Agency), Bay Area Youth Services and police departments throughout the nation. Graduates of the criminology and criminal justice department have held the following positions:
- Mayor, Tampa
- Police chief, Tampa
- Attorney, Winston and Strawn, Chicago
- Senior psychologist, Florida State Prison
- Senior fraud recovery officer, Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union
- Bilingual securities international processing representative, Citigroup
- Intelligence analyst, FBI
- Fraud analyst, U.S. Postal Inspection Service
- Senior probation counselor, Salvation Army Correctional Services
- Alpha Phi Sigma (national honor society for criminology students)
- Criminology Club
- Criminology Scholars Program