Criminal Justice - FAQ's

What skills do I need to succeed?

Students need to excel in both verbal and written communication. The
field of criminal justice requires strong analytical skills, logic,
problem-solving and the ability to exercise common sense.


What I will learn?

A recent survey of criminal justice agencies has reflected the fact that employers place a high priority on applicants with strong skills in interviewing and interrogation as well as criminal law and criminal procedure. These areas of studies are taught by experienced police officers, investigators and attorneys.

Criminal justice majors have the option to elect areas of concentration in law, law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, criminal investigation and forensic science. Central Methodist University has a 98 percent employment rate for newly graduating criminal justice majors.


What opportunities are there for internships or other hands-on learning experiences?

Hands-on learning experiences for students are provided in several areas
of study and particularly in Criminal Investigation I and II which is based on practicums and scenario-based training with the assistance of local law enforcement and investigative professionals.

Students also are encouraged to be a member of the American Criminal Justice Association. CMU's chapter of ACJA participates in competitions all over the country. In October 2011, students earned 21 trophies in the regional competition and 10 trophies at the national level in March 2012.

Students also have the opportunity to attend guest lectures, workshops, and career seminars on the CMU campus. Recent guests include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement from the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Attorney General's Office and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

Internships for criminal justice majors are strongly encouraged and facilitated by the internship coordinator in the specific area of a student's interest. Recent internship placements have included areas such as juvenile justice and juvenile corrections, probation and parole, placements with judges, prosecutors and private attorneys, and various law enforcement agencies such as the Springfield Police Department, Howard County Sheriff's Department, Cole County Sheriff's Department, Missouri Highway Patrol and the Missouri Water Patrol. Many of the internships have resulted in job offers for students upon completion of their degree.  


What are some possible entry-level careers with a degree in this field?

There are many careers available to those with a Criminal Justice major or minor. Some options include; Criminalist, Lab Technician, Highway Patrol, FBI, Water Patrol, Social Worker, plus many more. This program also lays a good foundation for graduate or law school.

Want more information? Check out the Major Resources provided by the Career Development Center.


What are some CMU graduates with this degree doing?

Recent CMU criminal justice graduates have gone onto work for the Missouri Water Patrol, Waverly Regional Youth Center, Boon County Sherriff's Dept., St. Louis County Police Dept., Federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Attorneys and more.