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Criminal Justice

Requirements for a Major in Criminal Justice


The Major of Criminal Justice is awarded upon completion of:

  • The 41 hours University General Education core curriculum
  • A minimum of 30 hours of coursework in the major
  • Cognate (related) support courses
  • General Electives
  • The community service/service learning requirement
  • The writing proficiency examination (ENG 199)
  • Students must earn "C" or better in all major courses
  • Majors must have complete or be enrolled simultaneously in SOC 101 to enroll in CJ 205
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice is the prerequisite for all other criminal justice courses


What Can I Do With a Degree in Criminal Justice



 *Corrections *Counseling *Juvenile Justice *Casework *Administration *Probations & Parole *Victim Advocacy



*Attorney *Court Reporting *Legal Assistance *Legal Research *Administration



*Patrolling *Investigating *Forensics *Probation *Security



*Private Security *Consulting *Investigating *Systems Integration *Global Intelligence *Private Investigation *Internet Security *Loss and Prevention



*Teaching *Research



Criminal Justice Employment Outlook


The Criminal Justice Program offers excellent educational opportunities to traditional students and active employees of criminal justice agencies.  The Occupational Outlook handbook (2000-2001) clearly demonstrates the need for not only more criminal justice professionals, but for better-prepared applicants.  Dillard University can help you prepare for entry into Federal, State, and Local Criminal Justice Agencies.  According to the Department of Labor, there are more than 700,000 people employed as police officers, detectives, and special agents in the United States, an additional 803,000 people working in private security, and 282,000 engaged as correction officers. The jobs undertaken by these individuals include general police operations, enforcing the laws in both urban and rural areas, investigating crimes, and working for federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Treasury, the U.S. Customs Service, and the Internal Revenue Service. Others are employed by private security companies as guards for large and small corporations or industrial complexes. Employment opportunities are also available in the areas of corrections. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts growth in all areas of Criminal Justice employment.


Student Learning Outcomes


Students will:

  • Majors will demonstrate familiarity with the major sociological, and/or criminological, and/or social work theories and concepts
  • Majors will demonstrate their ability to use statistics to interpret sociological, and/or criminological, and/or social work data and verbalize their meanings using their language of sociology, criminology, and/or social work
  • Majors will be able to write a research paper that will reflect a thorough understanding of sociological, and/or criminological, and/or social work theory and research methodology
  • Majors will demonstrate their communicative skills by presenting their research to an audience of social sciences faculty and students


Criminal Justice Club


The Dillard University Criminal Justice Club sponsors a number of events each year, including social get-togethers with faculty, and other students, guest speakers, student and faculty presentations of research, community service, fundraisers, attendance at regional and national conferences, and fieldtrips.  Membership in the club offers an excellent opportunity to get to know faculty and fellow students outside of the classroom.  The Criminal Justice Club is open to all students who have an interest in Criminal Justice or other areas.





Dr. Ashraf Esmail

Asst. Professor of Criminal Justice




2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

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