B.P.S. in Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice major gives students the specific skills they need to be a leader within the field as well as a broad understanding of our entire criminal justice system that puts those skills in context.  

ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Criminal Justice at Goucher?


Criminal Justice majors will be prepared to be leaders within the various levels of the criminal justice system. Students will understand the interconnectedness of the criminal justice system and gain a perspective that prepares them to become leaders within the field through the professional core curriculum.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?


The Criminal Justice major is focused on the linkages of the criminal justice system on a local, state, and federal level so that students will receive a wholistic view of our world and how the justice system plays into it. Students choosing to major in this program will be equipped with the analytical, processing, and problem solving skills to become successful practitioners within their field.

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?


Graduates will be qualified to work in both the private and public sectors of the criminal justice field, including but not limited to: police officers, security details, and correctional officers. This major gives students both the content-based and professional background to become successful leaders within the industry.


Positions in the Criminal Justice Field

The B.P.S. in Criminal Justice prepares graduates for careers in a variety of jobs across the entire industry, such as local, state, and federal jobs, well as positions in both the public and private sectors. Graduates can expect to pursue a number of growing fields, including police officers, security details, and correctional officers. Here's a look at one potential career route for B.P.S. graduates:

Quick Facts: Private Detectives and Investigators
2018 Median Pay $50,090 per year
$24.08 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in a Related Occupation Less than 5 years
On-the-job Training Moderate-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2018 33,000
Job Outlook, 2018-28 8% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2018-28 2,600

"Employment of private detectives and investigators is projected to grow 8 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for private detectives and investigators will stem from security concerns and from the need to protect confidential information. Strong competition can be expected for jobs." 

Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/private-detectives-and-investigators.htm