Drury GO Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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Explore criminal investigation and conviction. As you learn about the causes and prevention of criminal behavior, you’ll become equipped to make your community a safer place.

This degree will prepare you to work in community, social, or correctional agencies so you can apply what you learn to real problems.
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Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge and comprehension of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the behavioral sciences and how these apply to behavioral phenomena.
  • Use the scientific approach, skeptical inquiry, and critical thinking to solve problems related to behavior, institutions, and/or organizations.
  • Develop ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings in a landscape that involves increasing diversity.
  • Demonstrate competence in writing and oral communication.
  • Optimize career readiness by utilizing disciplinary content and developing effective self-reflection, project-management skills, and teamwork skills.

Career Information

Jobs in criminal investigation are projected to grow 2.5% by the year 2028 nationally. The median annual wage is $81,920. The median wage for criminal investigation occupations in Missouri specifically is $70,860.

A Bachelor of Criminal Justice will prepare you for specialized work in jobs including:

  • Police officer
    • Projected growth: 5.0%
    • Median annual wage: $57,710
  • Private investigator
    • Projected growth: 7.9%
    • Median annual wage: $50,090
  • Court reporter
    • Projected growth: 7.0%
    • Median annual wage: $57,150
  • Social worker
    • Projected growth: 11.5%
    • Median annual wage: $49,470
  • Probation officer
    • Projected growth: 3.3%
    • Median annual wage: $53,020
  • Legal support worker
    • Projected growth: 12%
    • Median annual wage: $50,940

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice requires 42 credit hours of coursework in addition to General Education courses.

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