Public Service & Criminal Justice

Kristin Kuiken

Alumna Joins U.S. Senate Office of Montana

Kristin Kuiken had her hands full for sure. A stay-at-home wife and mother of two, she was busy helping her kids with their studies while constantly on the move from one activity to another. But as her kids continued to grow, she began to think about a second career. Kuiken graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Colorado State University and worked as a process engineer in the semiconductor industry and later as an...

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Top 6 Characteristics of an Effective Criminal Investigator

Would you like to be a criminal investigator? Discussions about this type of position often quickly turn to the “hard skills” a criminal investigator must possess. It is fair to say that there are other skills that are just as important. Technical Skills 1. The ability to follow the U.S. Constitution and the Law. Yes, having a firm grasp of the legal aspects of criminal investigations is vital.  All of the powers...

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5 Unexpected Jobs That Can Be Yours with A Criminal Justice Degree

With a criminal justice degree, you might think of the usual jobs you can pursue such as a police officer, a lawyer, an FBI officer, and even a forensics expert. There are also many unexpected jobs that a criminal justice degree will prepare you for. 5 jobs that can be yours with a criminal justice degree 1. Forensic Entomologist A forensic entomologist is a person who studies the relationship between insects and forensics on a crime scene...

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Do I Need a Bachelor’s Degree to Get a Great Job in Criminal Justice?

Shane Stone, Ph.D., Program Director - Criminal Justice That's an excellent question! Perhaps the key to this question is the word “great.” If the dream is to be a high-ranking official in a large or famous criminal justice agency like the FBI, DEA, or the US Marshals, then yes, a Bachelor's Degree, is a must. Are there criminal justice organizations that will hire you with a High School diploma or GED? The answer to...

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