Last updated on November 15th, 2023 at 04:19 pm

By Dr. Camm Lounsbury

Director, Criminal Justice

If one looks across the criminal justice system, we can find hundreds of agencies committed to the safety and security of our city streets, country roads and busy highways. Agencies across the country see to it that those convicted of serious offenses are incarcerated according to their security needs and given opportunities for rehabilitation. Still more agencies strive to assist those being released from jail or prison to re-enter society as productive citizens. As burdened and overworked as our court system can seem, it is still in pursuit of justice according to the law.

This may seem like an idealistic view of the American criminal justice system; but, it stands as one of the most advanced in the world. In the past, a large number of agencies did not require a college degree and some still do not. However, the need for professionalism has never been greater than in recent years as civil unrest follows major events in the field of criminal justice.

This is why it is so important that we have been able to partner with the Morgantown Police Department to provide a degree in criminal justice to their officers under a special arrangement. In fact, it would be a great advantage to the agencies here in West Virginia if we could enter into such an agreement with them, as well.

A college degree brings more than just knowledge of a student’s chosen field. It brings a wider understanding of our culture and the people who make up our diverse population. It provides an opportunity to widen one’s view of the world and our place in it. Most importantly, it creates an avenue toward more critical thinking that can help an individual collect the facts and make sound, well-reasoned decisions.

As the number of agencies requiring a college degree grows, we will grow with them to enhance the field of criminal justice and the people who strive to make it work.

Are you interested in learning more about a career in Criminal Justice?

Join Salem University on November 4, 2021, at 1pm EST. We’ll be hosting Lester Hazen from the FBI who will share his career journey with you and provide practical advice for those interested in pursuing a career with the FBI. Registration information can be obtained by Dr. Camm Lounsbury via email:

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