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Department of Criminal Justice
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 233
Phone: 785-628-5668
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Careers in Criminal Justice

Our in-depth program prepares students for exciting and rewarding careers in several fields, including criminal justice research, law enforcement, the courts, corrections, private enterprise and education. Many recent graduates work for federal agencies, while others have joined police departments across Kansas and throughout the country.

Here are just a few of our successful graduates:

  • A.J. Jensen ('00), Industry Operations Investigator, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Kyla Jurgensen ('09), Shift Lead, Hays Communications Center
  • Philip Gage ('10), Police Officer, Hays Police Department
  • Rachel Kraus ('10), Dispatcher, Hays Communications Center
  • Emily Linden Bloom ('11), Deputy Clerk, Juvenile Division at Ellis County District Court
  • Eric Seibel ('11), Police Officer, Topeka Police Department • Wayne Shepheard ('11), Campus Supervisor, KVC Hospitals
  • Thomas Ellis ('12), Graduate Student, Washburn University School of Law
  • McKenzie Messersmith ('12), Child and Family Services Specialist, Health & Human Services in North Plate, NE
  • Lindsey Murphy ('12), State Trooper, Kansas Highway Patrol • Kyle Perry ('12), Police Officer, Wichita Police Department
  • Ashley Campbell ('13), Victim Advocate, Options Domestic & Sexual Violence Services
  • Damian Giles ('13), Graduate Assistant/Assistant Coach, FHSU Shooting Team
  • Chris McLain ('13), Corrections Officer, Norton Correctional Facility
  • Dustin Little ('13), Deputy Sheriff, Logan County Sheriff's Office

For more information about careers for Criminal Justice majors, contact the department to speak with a faculty advisor.

Criminal Justice professionals serve the common good, make a positive change in their communities, and often take leadership roles as:

  • Research Analysts
  • Law Enforcement Officers
  • Sheriffs
  • Detectives
  • Probation Officers
  • Court Administrators
  • Corrections Officers
  • Juvenile Case Workers
  • Private Security Personnel
  • Insurance Investigators
  • Special Agents in organizations like these:
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Drug Enforcement Administration
    • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
    • United States Secret Service
    • Internal Revenue Service

Fort Hays State University Career Resources
FHSU Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center
Career Services Online Job Resources
What Can I Do With a Major in Criminal Justice? (PDF)

Career Exploration Resources
Careers at the Drug Enforcement Administration
Careers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Careers at the Internal Revenue Service
Careers at the United States Secret Service
Careers at the U.S. Marshals Service
America's Career InfoNet Career Search
Dictionary of Occupational Titles
Federal Jobs and Employment Information
My Next Move
Military Careers
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Department of Labor

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