Through LSUA you can pursue an online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. This degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, although completion times vary.
Why Do Students Get this Degree?
The Criminal Justice program is ideal for working professionals who feel they may not have time to go back to school but want to pursue their passion in the law enforcement sector.
What Job Opportunities Are Available to You With a Criminal Justice Degree?
The job opportunities available to those with a criminal justice degree range from police officer to forensics and fraud investigation roles. Some of the more common criminal justice jobs are:
- Patrol officers, which include police, sheriffs and state troopers.
- Paralegals or legal assistants.
- Probation or correctional officers.
- Detectives or criminal investigators.
Some of the more unique job opportunities are:
- Computer Forensics Investigators, who analyze and reconstruct data through technology rather than studying physical crime scenes.
- Fish and Game Wardens, who work in forest preserves and national parks to protect wildlife and natural areas.
- S. Postal Inspectors, who investigate crimes associated with the U.S. postal service.
LSUA students have gone on to do a variety of interesting things with their degree, beyond the jobs listed above.
What Do Students Do With This Degree?
The following profiles are real stories of LSUA graduates who pursued a degree in criminal justice and determined their dream career path.
Liz Matthews, a 59-year-old woman who originally attended LSUA in the late '70s to earn a degree in special education, left the university early to start a family with her husband. In 2019, she will complete her degree in criminal justice. She's currently serving as a Workforce Professional at the Rapides Parish Police Jury and also at her church's nursery on Sundays. As well as working toward her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, she is now a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified corrections officer. Read her story.
Nick Freeland has over a decade of experience working alongside law enforcement, and wanted to expand his skillset by gaining an education in criminal justice. He currently works for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries as a biologist technician, and graduated with his BSCJ degree in the summer of 2018. This provides him with the opportunity to move up in his career, and gives him a backup plan for other law enforcement job opportunities. Read his story.
Denise Seegobin already has two master's degrees in management and finance as well as a bachelor's degree in management and industrial relations. However, she is now pursuing a degree from LSUA in criminal justice. She works as a program coordinator at Lehman College and involves herself in the stock market as a co-chair of the Financial Women's Association undergraduate scholarship committee and Wall Street exchange program. As she already has experience with fraud and exchange work, she wanted to expand her strengths to law enforcement in the court system. Read her story.
Daniel Swear was a veteran law enforcement officer, but after earning his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from LSUA, he plans to get his Master of Public Administration and then attend law school. His calling to law enforcement evolved from being a decorated police officer to being a successful lawyer. Read his story.
Sources:LSUA: Online Graduate Daniel Swear Expanding His Horizons
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