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As long as human beings inhabit the earth, society will face the daunting challenge of dealing with criminal behavior by a disruptive subset of people. As a result, there will always be a strong, important need to fully understand and address this behavior in a fair, consistent manner.
Our criminal justice major covers all facets of criminal behavior, from the psychological and sociological aspects of crime, to law enforcement, criminal investigations and corrections.
Our criminal justice major provides students with a complete overview of the criminal justice system and all the major elements of it. It provides students with a theoretical understanding of criminal behavior, as well as the consequences of criminal behavior.
As a criminal justice major at Lakeland, you will be challenged with a large variety of courses. The major delves into basic understanding of our criminal justice system, scientific inquiry into the treatment and prevention of criminal behavior and the ethical behavior of those who work within the discipline.
When criminal justice majors leave Lakeland University, they have a very strong foundation, in addition to the specialty courses that lend themselves to the students’ chosen area of interest.
Traditional paths into a criminal justice career often involve law enforcement or corrections. But while a Lakeland University degree certainly prepares students for those fields, criminal justice degree holders are branching out into many other types of careers.
This major provides opportunities to explore specialized areas such as offender assessment and rehabilitation, criminal investigation, evidence-based “best practices” in criminal justice, race and crime and the understanding of violent crime.
Name: Amanda Knoener
Hometown: Howards Grove, Wis.
Title: Services and shelter coordinator
Business: Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County
Amanda has seen devastating pain and deep despair. But she’s also witnessed incredible courage, resiliency and strength.
“I hear it a lot: ‘Your job must be hard,’” says Amanda. “But it’s one of those jobs you get true fulfillment from, knowing you’re making a difference in people’s lives. Some days are tough. Some clients are difficult to work with or not ready to make the commitment. Some have alcohol or drug addiction; they turn to these things to mask the trauma in their lives. But others are ready. You veer them onto the right path, and they go forward toward a better life. That’s very rewarding.”
Safe Harbor is a shelter for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The nonprofit organization provides prevention education, crisis intervention and outreach services to victims and their families. Amanda’s job is multi-faceted. She coordinates the occupancy of Safe Harbor’s eight rooms, handles case management, guides victims through court proceedings (child support, divorce, criminal charges against abusers) and helps them find apartments and prepare for job interviews, among other duties.
“I’m not here to tell victims to leave, get a divorce or anything like that,” says Amanda, a 2011 Lakeland grad who double-majored in criminal justice and psychology. “We’re here to educate and provide a safe place. Statistics show that a victim will leave an abuser seven times before leaving for good. We want them to know they can come back to us at any time.”
Amanda, who says she’s always been “more of a giver than a taker,” arrived at Lakeland not knowing what her career path would be. She took an introduction to criminal justice class, loved it and stayed on that track.
She felt comfortable at Lakeland because “the students were nice and generous and the professors knew exactly who you were. They care about you. You’re not just a student to them.”
Amanda strives to treat those who seek refuge at Safe Harbor with that same warmth.
“They come in crying, upset, totally broken,” Amanda says. “Some come in with bruises, battered. You hold their hands through it all. You don’t want to see them fall, but sometimes they do, so you help them get back up. Then you see them get excited about a job interview or finding an apartment, and it’s like when your kids take their first step. You just want to start cheering.”
Listed below are just some of the careers Lakeland University criminal justice students from recent graduating classes have landed:
Listed below are some of the internships that Lakeland University students have landed during their stay at Lakeland University
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Three of the following criminology electives:
Two of the following Advanced Systems electives:
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