Criminal and community justice, and social work graduates work with individuals, groups, agencies, and programs to improve social conditions in everyday lives. These programs provide a strong emphasis on ethical decision-making, social justice, and issues related to diversity within society. Working with individuals, the focus ranges from addressing personal or family challenges to creating safer communities. The curriculum cultivates critical thinking, communications skills, and research and theory-based knowledge that benefits graduates for employment and graduate school opportunities. Strongly grounded in an interdisciplinary liberal arts tradition, these programs also offer practical opportunities for students to gain field experience and professional certifications. Small class sizes encourage interaction, discussion, and more individualized attention. Career examples include positions in elderly and disability services, family and children's services, social services, victim advocacy, as paralegals/legal assistants, and police, correctional and probation officers.