Juvenile Justice

Those who graduate with a degree in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice will be prepared to compete for jobs working with troubled youths. Many career opportunities await those with this degree, juvenile probation officers, juvenile counselors, juvenile correctional officers, juvenile group care specialists, etc. Those who work in the juvenile justice system assist with the prevention, early intervention, recovery, and rehabilitation of trouble youth. At the federal level there are jobs as Analyst in Social Policy (Criminal, Juvenile, and Tribal Justice Systems), for example, evaluates how the federal system influences the state and local systems.

Why a degree in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice from Missouri Valley?

In a hands-on field, experiential learning is essential to preparing you for success. The small class sizes at MVC, offer an intimate learning environment that help you develop critical analytical skills, and knowledge of the research findings and methods used in the field. As a student in our program, you’ll build background knowledge in juvenile justice, drugs and the law, probation & parole, developmental psychology, and the laws aimed at constitutional and criminal law. Most of these jobs will require, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree. This background will help you develop an awareness of individual rights and practice the proper procedures to focus on the needs of children and their rehabilitation.

Career Possibilities

  • Juvenile probation officer
  • Juvenile parole officer
  • Court liaison
  • Supervision group specialist
  • Transition coordinator
  • Juvenile Justice specialist
  • Social worker

Graduate Program Possibilities

  • MS Juvenile Justice
  • MS Juvenile Justice Corrections
  • MS Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Victimology

Courses & Concentrations

Degree in Criminal Justice concentration in Juvenile Justice

Our criminal justice, juvenile justice degree is almost entirely made up of courses related to your concentration. Some coursework includes criminal law and the Constitution, juvenile justice, probation & parole, drugs & the law, developmental psychology and social deviance. In addition, some coursework in sociology is required.

​ Major Checklist for Criminal Justice – Juvenile Justice Concentration ​

Minor in Criminal Justice

A minor in criminal justice is a valuable asset for students who do not major in criminal justice, but wish to enter law school, desire to counsel children, or to counsel within the prison system. This is a great supplemental minor for those majoring in sociology or psychology, or to have as a second minor along with forensic science. You will study criminal procedures, law, and judicial process, amongst other topics, giving you a comprehensive understanding of criminal justice.

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Karen Reeter
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Charles Pappert, II
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

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