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Careers in Law, Crime, Forensics and Social Justice

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Interested in a career in law, crime, forensics or social justice? OSU-Tulsa has programs and coursework to help you earn a bachelor’s degree to get started in these growing career fields.

Select programs at OSU-Tulsa establish a foundation in the study of human beings in a social context, the dynamics of interpersonal interaction and relationships, global societies’ composition and global interrelationships. You will gain a strong background in research methods, class, race, religion, ethnicity and gender, in addition to a historical insight into some of the world’s most influential thinkers.

Options are available with emphasis on law, crime, social justice and social services. Additionally, our programs can prepare you to pursue graduate studies in forensic psychology through the OSU Center for Health Sciences.

OSU-Tulsa is downtown Tulsa's public comprehensive research university, offering junior- and senior-level classes with flexible schedules designed for working adults. OSU-Tulsa students are OSU students, which means your degree is an Oklahoma State University degree -- the same degree students in Stillwater receive. Students generally transfer to OSU-Tulsa with an associate's degree or at least 45 credit hours from another institution. The majority of our students take their first two years at Tulsa Community College or another local two- or four-year school, but students have transferred to OSU-Tulsa from colleges and universities across the country.

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Course Highlights

  • Comparative Perspectives of Criminal Justice Systems
  • Criminal Behavior Analysis
  • Criminalistics: Introduction to Forensic Sciences
  • Criminology
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Sociology of Law and Legal Institutions
  • Sociology of Punishment

Career Opportunities


An internship program is offered to prepare students for the type of employment they might seek after graduation. The internship will help students to bridge the gap between class work and the application of sociological concepts in a career. Through the internship, students earn up to four hours of credit, make valuable contacts for future employment, and apply valuable skills and knowledge in the workplace. Placement may be anywhere in the world and includes law/crime/ social justice agencies, governmental agencies, businesses, social service agencies, as well as research agencies. After meeting prerequisites, most students complete their internship during the summer. Students pursuing one of the applied areas are required to complete an internship; students pursuing the general degree may choose to do one.

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