Criminal Justice Careers
Many Soc and Soc of LCD students are naturally interested in careers in the Criminal Justice field – FBI, state and local police, probation, and prison work to name just a few. While we are not a criminal justice program (often a technical 2 year program) we do have a number of courses and opportunities that can help open doors for you. Our major is excellent preparation for a graduate program in Criminal Justice, which will open up advancement within your criminal justice career!
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While a strong case can be made that internships, volunteer, and work experience are critical parts of any undergraduate education, they are paramount for those interested in criminal justice/law enforcement. Pay special attention to the opportunities that we advertise in the Newsletter and on this site. In the past our students have interned or volunteered at the Bureau for Criminal Apprehension, the FBI, the ATF, the State Patrol, UMPD, various city police departments, various probation offices around the state, various prisons, various half-way houses, and many more!
CLA Career Services will help you fine tune your resume, cover letter, and interview techniques to help you put forth an excellent internship application. Because they are the largest Career Services office in the state, they also have many more opportunities than what we can highlight here, including paid positions.
Another great office on campus that will help you gain valuable experience is the Community Service-Learning Center. They focus on getting students involved in the local community through volunteering, service-learning classes, and other unique opportunities. They work with more than 200 Twin Cities Non-Profits to help Sociology students find service-learning opportunities.
Many internships will require that you earn academic credit for it – students do this through ID 3208 – Internship Reflection – 1 credit
Many internships are also unpaid – remember to apply for the Barbara Newsome Internship Award (see Scholarships under the ‘Department Specific Opportunities‘ link on the top left). We take applications for that Sociology-specific award 3 times a year.
Students interested in becoming a Police Officer etc., will need to attend a P.O.S.T. program – something that as a research institution we are not. Below is critical information on how to find P.O.S.T. programs. Some of the courses listed below may transfer to these programs – you’ll need to check with your destination P.O.S.T. program to see what will transfer.
Some courses to consider taking:
This journal article is full of excellent data and conclusions related to Sociology and Criminal Justice careers – well worth the read: