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The Criminal Justice Major

Interested in a career in Forensic Science (a.k.a. CSI work)? Plan to major in Chemistry and minor in the Investigative/Analysis Criminal Justice.

For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Prilliman or Professor Beth Green.

Alumni Reflect on Criminal Justice Major

Karen Aguilar

"My time at Oklahoma City University has been more than an education due to the Justice Studies/Sociology department. I was fostered as a true professional throughout my time here at this university. I feel more than confident about continuing on into law school and, ultimately my career. The professors all pushed me to be the best student I was capable of, all the while developing my character holistically. It has been great to be a student of this department and look forward to utilizing my skills often."

– Spring 2012 Graduate, Karen Aguilar

"I graduated with my B.S. in OCU Justice Studies, I didn't realize how prepared I was for graduate school until half way through the semester and I realized how much my undergraduate education really prepared me for analysis and evaluation in graduate courses.
– Fall 2011 Graduate

"The faculty at OCU in the Justice Studies department does a phenomenal job at caring for students and their needs and working well with them to prepare for furthering education and future job
opportunities." 
Derek Peperas 2012 Graduate, now student in M.A. in Applied Sociology-Nonprofit Leadership

Current Student Testimonials

President, Student Government Association

Criminology is the most interesting degree to try because of the things you learn from classroom discussions and current events more than you do a textbook. The professionals in the area are brought in have real life experiences that are very engaging and give you enough insight to see where you will fit in the field. Justice studies as a whole encompasses a variety of angles that keep you constantly craving more information about how you can impact society. 

I enjoyed visiting the women’s prison, working downtown at the district attorney’s office, and working on research projects on campus and in Oklahoma city to enhance my justice studies experience. the professors are also willing to help you get more out of your experience when you decide what career you are interested in going into.  

Beatrize Martinez

Office: 405-208-5221 Email: ocusga@my.okcu.edu

Sociology Junior

Criminal justice has been the perfect degree program for me. As the captain of the women's soccer team, my schedule and time is limited but the professors have gone above and beyond to work with me because they truly care and want to see us succeed. 

-Allie Glazner 

The MVP of Our Women's Basketball Championship Team

OCU is an awesome school because of the environment and the people . I'm not from here, but the students, the staff and the administration make me feel so welcomed. I love my major and the professors that teach! 

Go OCUStars and the Justice Studies Administration. 

-Yvonte Neal, senior

Soccer Player from Israel

The CJ program is awesome because of the personal treatment from the instructors.  Coming from a different country, it was hard to adjust to a different language, but the instructors were very understanding and helpful.

-Keren Sharabi, senior

Where have OCU students interned?

CASA Program

Cleveland County Juvenile Facility

Emerson Alternative School

Ex-Offenders Re-Entry

Federal Transfer Center

Federal Weed and Seed Program

Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism

Oklahoma City National Memorial

Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD)- Gang Unit

OCPD Police Athletic League

OCPD Substations: Santa Fe, Will Rogers, & Hefner

OCPD Training Facility

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

Oklahoma County Juvenile Facility

Oklahoma Department of Health and Human Services

Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation

Oklahoma State Dept. of Corrections-Probation & Parole

Oklahoma State Highway Patrol

U.S. Post Office- Investigative Unit

YMCA Battered Women's Shelter

Washington, D.C. Center- The Smithsonian

Warr Acres Police Department

Many local law offices

We would like to thank all these agencies for offering our students these great opportunities!