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A Guide to Study Skills and Careers in Criminal Justice and Public Security

A Guide to Study Skills and Careers in Criminal Justice and Public Security

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Criminal Justice

March 2016 | 112 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

A Guide to Study Skills and Careers in Criminal Justice and Public Security is the ultimate how-to resource for success in the study of criminal justice. Renowned author Frank Schmalleger, who has over 40 years of field experience, has teamed up with researcher and educator Catherine D. Marcum to introduce students to the field of criminal justice, break down its many components, and describe a variety of employment opportunities available to criminal justice graduates. Students will learn how to effectively approach the study of criminal justice; communicate successfully with professors, peers, and potential employers; choose classes that will assist with career goals; develop good study habits and critical thinking skills; and write effectively in criminal justice. Additionally, as their academic careers advance, students will gain insights into how to best prepare for successful careers.

Chapter 1. Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Chapter 2. Maximizing Your Courses and Professors
Chapter 3. Effective Note Taking and Time Management
Chapter 4. Online Learning
Chapter 5. Communicating Effectively and Applying for Jobs
Chapter 6. Writing Styles in Criminal Justice
Chapter 7. Making Good Choices in the Social and Professional World
Chapter 8. Criminal Justice Internships and Service Learning Opportunities


Student Study Site
Use the Student Study Site to get the most out of your course! Our Student Study Site is completely open-access and offers a wide range of additional features!

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:
  • Personality profile link
  • Career profile boxes highlight descriptions of careers, duties, requirements, and annual salaries
  • Career videos that detail a variety of professions in the criminal justice field
  • Worksheets focusing on internships, personal time, professionalism, distractions, and career aspirations
  • Sample cover letter
  • Sample resume

“Concise, Informative without being “dry”, flows easily, and easy to read.”

Dr. Veronyka James
Virginia Union University

Good layout including the Table of Contents.”

Andrew Wierenga
University of Phoenix

“[Strengths include] the ease of reading and length of the chapters, material is relevant, and it covers topics that most CRJ students will be faced with.”

Thomas H. Williams
Community College of Denver

“Love the down to earth examples and writing style. It portrays reality well. Sets clear expectations on all the topics with great examples.”

Franzi Walsh
University of Phoenix

 “[Strengths include] the organization of the narrative in each chapter, the case studies provided, the discussion questions at the end of each chapter.”

Eric Metchik
Salem State University

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 5

Frank A. Schmalleger

Dr. Frank Schmalleger is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP).  Schmalleger taught criminal justice courses and chaired the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice for nearly 20 years while at UNCP.  He is the author of more than a dozen textbooks in the justice field. More About Author

Catherine D. Marcum

Dr. Catherine Marcum is the assistant chair of the Department of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University, as well as an associate professor of justice studies.  She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications and multiple books in the field of correctional issues, cybercrime, sexual victimization, and juvenile offending and victimization. More About Author

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ISBN: 9781506323701