certified agencies for field placement
Criminal and community justice, and social work graduates work with individuals, groups, agencies, and programs to improve social conditions in everyday lives. 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. Successful professionals in these fields need to be aware of social issues and demonstrate an understanding of the qualities necessary to work with a variety of groups including children, families, people living with physical or mental health challenges, victims and perpetrators of crimes, persons with addictions, the elderly, or a combination of these characteristics. Criminal and community justice, and social work majors provide a strong emphasis on ethical decision-making, social justice, and issues related to diversity within society.
- Elderly and disability services
- Family and children's services
- Hospitals and health systems
- Nonprofit agencies
- Social services
- Local, state, and federal government
- Police/patrol officer
- Probation/parole officer
- Correctional officer/bailiff
- Victim advocate
- Paralegal/legal assistant
These programs are strongly grounded in an interdisciplinary liberal arts tradition while also offering practical opportunities for students to gain field experience and professional certifications. Small class sizes encourage interaction, discussion, and more individualized attention. Students learn the importance of justice in all areas of life, respect for the human dignity of the individual, and a lifelong commitment to service in the community. They learn about the roles that class, race, and gender play in public policy and systems, while developing skills in critical thinking, communication, and ethical decision-making.