- What can I do with a Criminal Justice Degree?
Employment opportunities: Students graduating with a degree in criminal justice find employment with local and state police agencies, jails and prisons, local and state court systems, victim’s advocacy offices, counseling and rehabilitation facilities, and not for-profit agencies dealing with criminal justice related issues.
Employment websites: While you should consult with an academic advisor about the various types of careers that you could pursue with your criminal justice degree, the following websites will give you a general overview about different professions.
WSU Police Academy: For those students interested in a career in law enforcement, Weber State University offers a police academy. Many students finish their Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and then move on to WSU’s Police Academy.
Internships: We highly suggest that you do an internship while majoring in Criminal Justice. While this is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged that you embrace this opportunity to get some real world experience prior to completing your degree and make connections in the community. In order to do an internship, you must be junior status. Students may take this course for a combined total of six (6) credit hours.
- How do I declare my major, minor, or associates in criminal justice and what courses do I take?
How do I declare my major, minor, or Associates Degree in the Criminal Justice Concentration? Contact Shellie Weeks (801-626-6146). When e-mailing, please do so from your weber.edu e-mail account.
- What do I take next?
For an overview of the ordering of courses in the program, please see the What Do I Take Next? documents. Also, while it is not required, it is suggested that you schedule a meeting with one of the department’s academic advisors shortly after declaring your major to make sure that you are taking courses in the appropriate sequence.
- How do I declare the Crime Scene Investigation concentration and what courses do I take?
How do I declare my major in the Crime Scene Concentration? Contact Shellie Weeks (801-626-6146). When e-mailing, please do so from your weber.edu e-mail account. Additionally, it is recommended that you make an appointment with Dr. Brent Horn when declaring this concentration to ensure that you are taking courses in the appropriate sequence.
- Do I need a minor, and if so, where do I start?
Do I need a minor? Yes. You must declare a minor as part of the Criminal Justice general concentration. We put no limitations on what minor you choose and there is a wide range of minors to select from. Ultimately, you can pick whatever minor you want; however, students usually approach it one of three ways:
- They select a minor that they think will complement the major. In this sense, students select another social science discipline such as Psychology, Sociology, Child and Family Studies, etc.
- They select a minor that they think they can do quickly (and look to credit limits required for various minors).
- They select a minor that they find interesting.
How do I declare the minor? Contact the department that houses your minor (i.e. the Sociology Department if you are interested in a sociology minor, the Psychology Department if you are interested in a psychology minor, etc.). If you find you have questions about the curriculum for the minor, please reach out to that department for advising on the curriculum requirements for the minor.
Do I need a minor with the Crime Scene Investigation Concentration: No, you are not required to have a minor when you declare this concentration. However, you may benefit from having a minor program of study or other specialization as part of your university curriculum. Please contact Dr. Brent Horn firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
- How do I use CatTracks?
For information on how to use CatTracks, please go to: CatTracks Help for Students
- How do I schedule a meeting with my criminal justice advisor?
- I have an advising related question, but it doesn’t pertain to the Criminal Justice major, where do I go?
A good starting point is reaching out to advisors for the College of Social and Behavior Sciences. If they cannot assist you with your question, they will put you in contact with someone who can. You can make an appointment with them through the CSBS webpage.
- I am transferring from another institution, what do I do?
- Make sure that ALL transcripts are submitted to Weber State University. Courses must be on record with the University to count for anything.
- Look at CatTracks to see how courses transferred into Weber. Sometimes courses do not properly articulate (i.e. come to the attention of the Criminal Justice Department) so we have a hard time seeing it. Other times, courses transfer for general University credits only. Make sure you look at the status of your previous coursework before making decisions about what to take next.
- Please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Brent Horn, if there are questions about courses that you are looking to transfer to the Criminal Justice Department.
- I am returning to WSU after several years, what do I do?
Please set up an appointment with our Department Chair, Dr. Brent Horn
- I still have an unanswered question, who should I contact?
- E-mail CJadvising@weber.edu and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible
- Contact one of the department advisors either via e-mail
- Always feel free to simply stop by the Department of Criminal Justice Office and ask some questions!
Lindquist Hall: Room. 306