Criminal Justice


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Department Head: Dr. Paul Kroutter

Advisor: Kristen Merritt

Phone: 479-788-7564

College Website: College of Communication, Languages, Arts, and Social Sciences
Department Website:  Department of Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Catalog

Degree Plans: 

Majors and Minors 

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice was designed in collaboration with federal, state, and local agencies. This degree prepares students for careers in the broad field of criminal justice. It also affords preparation for supervisory and managerial careers in the field.  

The Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice provides continuing education for professionals already employed in the field as well as preparing students for entry-level careers in federal law enforcement, state and local police work, probational parole, and /or corrections. The courses in this program may be applied towards the bachelor’s degree. 

The minor in criminal justice is a structured selection of courses by which a student can enrich his or her academic preparation. The minor complements a major by broadening the student’s academic experience.  

What can you do with a degree in Criminal Justice?

  • Park ranger
  • Correction officer
  • FBI agent
  • Criminologist
  • Parole officer
  • Police officer
  • Detective
  • Homeland security
  • Border Patrol
  • Forensic Science
  • Public Policy
  • Social Work
  • Business
  • Fish and Game
  • Children Services
  • Private and Corporate Investigator
  • Prepare for graduate and professional schools

Websites for Career Research

Why should you choose to major/minor in Criminal Justice?

  • Dedicated, highly qualified faculty
  • Prepares students for graduate school and/or careers in the broad field of Criminal Justice.
  • Provides internship opportunities in such areas as the US and State Probation/Parole, law enforcement, juvenile justice, court system, and family services
  • The minor: Compliments all disciplines with content concerning maladaptive behavior and provides internship opportunities.

The College of Communication, Languages, Arts and Social Sciences offers a comprehensive education in liberal arts with specialization in the criminal justice area. The program is designed to help students integrate, synthesize, and apply knowledge in real-life situations and to help them develop leadership skills.

Criminal Justice Symposium

The annual Criminal Justice Symposium offers students the opportunity to hear well-known keynote speakers as well as participate in serious debates on current topics. Students are afforded the opportunity to network with a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, correctional, and court officials regarding job opportunities.  Several graduate and law school recruiters are also available to talk about their programs and admission requirements. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

  • Crawford County Sherriffs Office
  • Sebastian County Sherriffs Office
  • Van Buren Police Department
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Arkansas Probation / Parole
  • U.S. Probation Office
  • Sebastian County Department of Human Services
  • Sebastian County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Comprehensive Juvenile Services
  • Fort Smith Childrens Emergency Shelter
  • Sebastian County Prosecutor's Office-Victim Witness Center
  • Fort Smith Police Department
  • Barling Police Department
  • Mansville Juvenile Treatment Center
  • Oklahoma Department of Wild Life Conservation Office

Graduates are employed with:

  • Sebastian County Sherriff's Department
  • AR Center for Legal Studies
  • Bost, Inc.
  • FedEx
  • Arkansas Community Correction
  • Sebastian County Prosecutor
  • Fort Smith Police Department
  • AR Army Natl Guard

Graduate/professional Schools our graduates are attending:

  • UALR Law School
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Tulsa
  • University of Arkansas Law School