Upon acceptance into the criminal justice program, each student is assigned a faculty adviser who assists in formulating career goals and planning a field of study in accordance with those goals.
Through core courses, students are exposed to the widest possible range of perspectives from which to view crime and the nature of criminal justice administration, thus broadening their career options.
With faculty guidance, students select professional electives in a specific area of interest from courses offered within the program, within the college or in any of RIT's other eight colleges.
Program alumni have entered a variety of careers in the criminal justice system directly following graduation or after completing graduate studies. Many graduates are engaged in law enforcement careers in agencies at all levels of government. At the state and federal level, graduates are pursuing careers in such agencies as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Marshal's Service, Naval Intelligence Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Centers for Disease Control, Homeland Security, Department of the Interior, and National Park Service, among others. A number have advanced in rank to positions of command, including several chiefs and deputy chiefs.
Other alumni work as correctional officers, counselors, probation officers, and parole officers, and some have advanced to administrative positions. A significant number have completed law school and entered the legal profession as prosecutors, public defenders, in private practice, or in the state or the U.S. attorney generals' offices. Others serve the legal profession as investigators or paralegals.
Consistent with the liberal arts/social science nature of the program, some graduates have attained advanced degrees in related areas and are teaching at the secondary and college level. Others have become psychologists, social workers, drug and alcoholism counselors, youth service specialists, and victim assistance and rape crisis counselors. Some have completed advanced degrees in business, public policy, public administration, criminology, and criminal justice.