Criminal justice is a profession with a lot of options. With so many career paths to choose from, it’s a great place for those passionate about preventing and solving crime, and helping others. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of a career in this field is that it can be combined with other skills sets such as accounting (to track financial fraud, for example), health services (to protect sensitive medical information) or information systems (to focus on cybercrime).

In this issue of Scholar, you’ll read about Strayer University alumni working in the varied fields of criminal justice. The cover person, Eric Coe (BSCJ ’12) is a 28 year veteran of the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department. And in those 28 years, he has held a number of different roles that have developed new skills and shaped his perspective as a police officer. Detective Coe says a benefit of working in his field is that the police force is always looking for new talent. In fact, there were more than 780,000 jobs for police and detectives in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Strayer University’s criminal justice degree program offer students plenty of opportunities to analyze and interpret information in an interactive, hands-on environment, while developing foundational skills such as written and oral communication, information literacy and critical thinking. Like the alumni featured in this issue, you’ll emerge prepared to advance your career in this exciting field.

Dr. Allison Fisher oversees criminal justice and general education degree programs at Strayer University. She has also served as a Strayer University faculty member and campus dean. Dr. Fisher holds master’s and doctoral degrees in English from The Ohio State University.