I have been asked many times, “Well how many professions are tied to criminal justice?” I would speculate there are hundreds of very different jobs, and there are numerous options regardless of your central life interest; whether it is science, technology, medicine, whatever.

And then, when you can get into it, the beauty of a criminal justice career is that it is compatible with almost any central academic discipline. It provides limitless employment opportunities; basically, you have to use your imagination to find it.”  -Dr. John Sullivan


A criminal justice degree delivers skills and knowledge that can position professionals as ethical and community-focused leaders, ready to lead in diverse communities in order to affect social change. Mike Buttry, Capella University’s vice president for public affairs and communications, sat down with three Capella leaders to talk about the new Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program, and how it can benefit professionals in the field. 


  • Steve Brancazio is Faculty Chair of Criminal Justice in Capella’s School of Undergraduate Studies. With a long career in both law enforcement and higher education, he has played an important role in developing the Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice degree program, and shares what he thinks sets the program apart.


“In criminal justice, we deal with a lot of emotion, a lot of life and death situations, and the things that affect people on a very emotional level. To be able to articulate what you are doing and the reasons why you are doing it—understanding how what you are doing affects people—is very, very important.”




  • John Sullivan is the former Faculty Chair of Public Safety and an expert in the field of criminal justice. In this podcast, he discusses criminal justice industry trends and how to be a successful practitioner in the field.


“One of the fastest-growing fields in criminal justice is criminal intelligence analysis, crime analysis. And you don’t have to carry a gun. You don’t have to put yourself in harm’s way. But yet you contribute to the overall mission of law enforcement in remarkable ways.”




  • Genevieve Feliu is the Dean of Capella’s School of Undergraduate Studies. She talks about a unique simulation that is a part of the criminal justice degree program.


“We are building this series of simulations and using those to give people the opportunity to be in a simulated, stressful, escalated environment. Make a decision and then debrief with others. Why did you make that decision? Was it the right decision? What were your strengths in that scenario? What are some areas to improve?”





Learn more about Capella’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

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