Investigate crime, especially in terms of gathering and analyzing evidence. Your work enhances the criminal justice system's ability to arrest and convict those responsible for the crimes. If you're interested in pursuing an investigative career in the public, private, intelligence or military sectors, this specialization is for you.
Internships and Careers
The most extensive required field placement/practicum/internship of any program in the country brings what you learn in the classroom to the 'real world.' You'll also make valuable contacts that will help you secure future employment. Field placements are available throughout the U.S.
Go Far in your career
- Defense Investigation
- Homeland Security
- Undercover Investigations
Upon completion of the graduate degree, students in Criminal Justice are expected to be able to:
- Students will be able to integrate theory and research with criminal justice practice.
- Students will be able to develop effective programmatic or policy responses to emerging criminal justice issues.
- Students will be able to appraise the general quality of criminal justice research and propose methods for improving this research.
- Students will be able to write and effectively communicate at a level expected of someone in a criminal justice leadership position.
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.
Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Criminal Justice program does not lead to professional licensure.
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
The Criminal Justice program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.
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