Why Study Criminology?

Why Study Criminology?

Why Major in Criminology?

Employers seek employees that are trustworthy, can think critically, and can articulate those thoughts in an easily understandable manner.

The Criminology program at MSU is committed to graduating students that can excel in each of the areas listed above. Criminology students benefit from classes that require both critical thinking and development of verbal and written communication skills. Students have the opportunity to hone these skills through internship programs and close interaction with the MSU Career Services Center in their Senior Seminar in Criminology course. 

Additionally, the Criminology program partners with a number of local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies to visit campus and meet with students to discuss job opportunities. Finally, criminology majors are part of a listserv that updates them regularly about available jobs in the field.

What Can I Do With a Criminology Degree?

  • Administrative Law Judge/Adjud/Hearing Officer
  • Arbitrators and Mediators
  • Claims Adjuster, Examiner & Investigator
  • Community and Social Service Managers
  • Compliance Officers
  • Correctional Enforcement
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators
  • First Line Supervisor/Manager of Correctional enforcement
  • First Line Supervisor/Manager of Law Enforcement/Detective
  • Law Clerks
  • Law Enforcement
  • Paralegal and Legal Assistants
  • Probation Officer and Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Protective Service Workers-Non-Sworn
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Security Guards
  • Social and Human Service Assistants
  • Tax Examiner, Collector, and Revenue Agent

Employment Opportunities

Career Opportunities with the State of Mississippi

Mississippi State Personnel Board
Use the above job titles to search for career opportunities with the State of Mississippi.

    Mississippi Department of Corrections
    P: (601) 359-5600

    Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
    P: (601) 961-5171

    Mississippi Department of Human Services Adult Protective Services
    P: 800-345-6347

    State of Mississippi Attorney General
    P: 601-359-3680

    Mississippi Department of Human Services Community Services
    P: 800-345-6347

    Attorney General Crime Victim Compensation Program
    P: 601-359-3680

    East Mississippi State Hospital
    P: 601-581-7600

    Mississippi Department of Human Human Services Economic Assistance
    P: 800-345-6347

    Ellisville State School
    P: 601-477-9384

    Mississippi Department of Human Services Family and Children Services
    P: 800-345-6347

    Mississippi Gaming Commission
    P: (601) 576-3800

    Mississippi Office of Homeland Security
    P: 601-346-1500

    Mississippi Department of Mental Health
    P: 601-359-1288

    Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics
    P:  (601) 987-1212

    Mississippi Department of Public Safety
    P:  (601) 987-1212

    Mississippi State Hospital
    P: (601) 351-8000

    Mississippi State Parks
    P: 601-432-2400

    Mississippi Department of Human Services Youth Services Division
    P: 800-345-6347

    Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police

    Mississippi Sheriff’s Association
    P: 601-500-1059

    Career Opportunities with Loss-Prevention Agencies and Security Services

    Regional, national and international employment opportunities.

    Guardsmark Security Services
    Employment opportunities available throughout the U.S.

    LP Jobs
    Most major retailers hire loss prevention officers.

    Maxwell Security Services, Inc.
    P: 1.800.277.4827
    Available jobs may include: Security guard service, guard dog rental, armored car services, and burglary protection services.


    Career Opportunities with the Federal Government

    Federal Job Opportunities

    Use this web site to search for federal law enforcement jobs. Here are examples of job titles you can search for:

    • Civil Rights Analyst
    • Clerk of Court
    • Consumer Safety Officer
    • Correctional Officer
    • Corrections Institutions Administrator
    • Criminal Investigator
    • Custom and Border Protection Air Interdiction Agent
    • Customs and Border Protection Officer
    • Customs Entry and Liquidating Officer
    • Customs Inspection
    • Equal Employment Opportunity SpecialistEqual Op
    • portunity Assistant
    • Equal Opportunity Compliance Specialist
    • Fish and Wildlife AdministratorForeign
    • Law Specialist
    • Game Law Enforcement Officer
    • General Investigator
    • Highway Safety Specialist
    • Intelligence Aid/Clerk
    • Intelligence Analyst/Specialist
    • Internal Revenue Agent
    • Internal Revenue Officer
    • Police Officer/Federal Protective Officer
    • Security Clerk/Assistant
    • Security Guard
    • Social Science Specialist
    • Social Science, Psychology and Welfare
    • Social Services Aid/Assistant
    • Social Worker

    Central Intelligence Agency

    Federal Bureau of Investigation

    U.S. Department of Defense

    U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

    U.S. Marshals

    Additional Career Opportunities

    Paul’s Justice Page


    Social Work & Criminal Justice

    The Urban Institute
    P: 202.833.7200


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