Why study Criminal Justice at MC?
Are you looking for a stimulating career that provides the opportunity to serve others? A degree in Criminal Justice is a degree that prepares students to become professionals, researchers, and educators in a wide variety of contexts. Environmental protection officers, park rangers, and counselors of juveniles are fields open to graduates with criminal justice degrees. Additionally, federal agencies, such as the Secret Service, Homeland Security, Border Patrol, and Federal Probation and Parole, are seeking college graduates with criminal justice backgrounds. Other related fields include: public health (health inspector/regulation administrator), social work (case worker, child protective services agent, adult services provider), and city and state policy researchers.
Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.
Meet a current student
Katie Rogers ’18
Hometown: Cedar Park, Tex.
The College’s introductory Criminal Justice course really helped Katie see the breadth of careers for which the major would prepare her. Ultimately, she decided to focus her career path on juvenile rehabilitation. After MC, she plans to pursue a doctorate in psychology and work in juvenile detention centers. “With the help of the Career Center, I secured an internship with Maryville Academy, an alternative learning center for teens,” she said. “Maryville College Works is giving me the chance to be successful in the workforce by giving me the experience in my field.”
Outcomes of Recent Grads
Jacob Gibbons ’12
Currently: Deputy, Blount County Sheriff’s Office
As a student at Maryville College, Jacob’s career plans were focused on law enforcement inside the national parks, but interning with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office one summer, he realized how much he liked the work of the department.
“I had several opportunities to do ride-alongs, assist with criminal investigations and get an inside view at the function of a law enforcement agency. I applied for a fulltime, patrol position shortly after graduation and was offered the job a few months after applying. Since then, I have been selected to participate in specialized units within the agency. My ultimate career goal is to be employed as a criminal investigator (special agent) with a federal agency like the A.T.F. or Secret Service.”