Criminal Justice

You should major in criminal justice if:

  • You are passionate about helping people and creating a fair and just system.
  • You are interested in the causes and consequences of criminal and deviant behaviors.
  • You want an active role in the programs and policies that shape the criminal justice system.
  • You want to work in law enforcement or correctional and rehabilitation treatment.

As a criminal justice major, you'll be prepared for a career in three main areas: law enforcement, courts, and corrections. With this degree, you can also begin your career in advocacy, politics, and nonprofit work.

Learn about police and correctional processes, criminal courts and law, and criminal psychology and behavior. Develop an in-depth understanding of topics ranging from community crime prevention to restorative justice. You'll also develop skills related to the criminal justice field, like empirical research methods, data analysis, and policy management. 

Criminal Justice at UL Lafayette

What's Criminal Justice Like?

  • Lab work & math
    Rated 1 out of 3
  • Internships
    Rated 3 out of 3
  • Theory & research
    Rated 2 out of 3
  • Group work & collaboration
    Rated 2 out of 3
  • Writing & presenting
    Rated 2 out of 3
  • Interviewing
    Rated 2 out of 3

Visit the Louisiana State Penitentiary with the Criminal Justice Society

See the facility, re-entry programs and more when you tour the Louisiana State Penitentiary as part of the annual Criminal Justice Society field trip.

Life as a Criminal Justice Major