“Attending the Victim Services Career Fair is a great way for students interested in victim studies to network with employers in the field and find out what type of job opportunities are available,” said Michelle Haynes, Career Counselor Liaison for the College of Criminal Justice.
The Career Fair, which will be held in the Criminal Justice Center Lobby, will feature agencies that serve victims in the community. Among those scheduled to attend are:
- CASA of Walker County
- Collin County Sheriff’s Office
- Dallas Police Department
- Gulf Coast Trade Center
- Houston Police Department
- Katy Christian Ministries
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving
- Office of the Attorney General
- SAAFE House
- San Antonio Police Department
- Texas Advocacy Project
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
- Twin City Mission
- U.S. Border Patrol
- University of Texas Police at Houston
- Virginia's House
Victim services, like other careers in criminal justice, offer a broad variety of career options for student graduating from Sam Houston State University. The College is one of only a few programs nationwide to offer an undergraduate degree in victim studies and even fewer that offer a graduate level degree in this discipline.
The College of Criminal Justice offers a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree to prepare students to work in various setting with victims of crime. The multi-disciplinary degree consists of courses in criminal justice, political science, business, and psychology. The difference between the two degrees is that the BA requires foreign language, while the BS requires social science.
The Masters of Science in Victim Service Management is designed to prepare graduates to work in various areas of victim services, including direct service provision, organizational management and social policy development. The 36-hour, online program is designed so that students can complete the degree in two years by enrolling in two, 15-week course per semester.
In addition to visiting with agencies, participants can get information about the Crime Victim Services Alliance, a student organization dedicated to victim services on campus and in the community. The Crime Victims’ Institute also participates to provide information about research into trends in victim issues in Texas.