What Can I Do With a Justice Studies Degree?
A Justice Studies degree supports careers within the United States, as well as in many international contexts:
Work in government justice departments: state and federal justice departments.
Work in state and/or federal government: state representatives and senators.
Work as a counselor: in schools, social agencies, and other similar therapeutic contexts. Must frequently complete a masters program in psychology, social work, or other additional certification and licensure studies after your bachelors.
Work in social services: victim rehabilitation, child and family protection, etc. A Masters in Social Services will enhance your role.
Work as community college professor: must obtain a masters degree—two years of post-bachelor studies; or even better, a PhD—4 to 6 years of post-bachelor studies with teaching experience.
Work as university professor: must obtain a PhD—additional 4 to 6 years of post-bachelor studies with teaching experience.
Work with humanitarian agencies: positions are available at the local, state, and national level, as well as internationally.
Work with the United Nations: positions are typically based in New York City, as well as internationally.
Work in mmigration services within the Department of Homeland Security.
Work as a medical doctor: must spend a post-bachelor year on required science courses, then MD studies—an additional 4-6 years, depending upon your choice of specialization.
Work as a researcher at a research institute or a university: services are focused on collecting and analyzing data of various justice issues both locally and globally. A bachelors degree is fine, but an MA or PhD will enhance your skills.
Work in television: a variety of jobs require the keen minds of degree holders in Justice Studies.
Work as an attorney: must obtain the Juris Doctor (JD) degree and pass the bar exam to practice in the state of your choice. After a few years of practice, you may consider seeking public office, or pursue a career as a circuit, state, federal or even supreme court judge.
Establish your own not-for-profit organization: focus on what excites you, and hire like-minded Justice studies degree holders to help expand your vision.
Work as a specialist in conflict resolution: additional studies may be required, i.e., a certificate. If you seek to deal with serious conflicts on a global scale, then an MA or PhD in conflict/peace studies is required.
Work with environmental agencies: Green Peace, air pollution, land or energy conservation, etc.
Other areas for consideration:Work as a police officer or sheriff: a unversity degree in Justice Studies challenges this area, because of its traditional impropriety toward less-advantaged populations. However, a Justice Studies degree can considerably transform and enhance the policing system. A bachelor's degree may be required; a bachelors degree in Justice Studies Degree would be a definite plus.
Work as a security guard: degree not required, but a Justice Studies Degree could be helpful.
Work as a paralegal: degree not required, but a Justice Studies Degree could be helpful.
Work in the military: degree not required, but a Justice Studies Degree could be helpful.
Work as a park ranger: degree not required, but a Justice Studies Degree might be helpful.