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It cannot be emphasized enough that the term "criminal justice" is a very broad term for many specialties and/or career endeavors. For example, Paralegal Studies, Forensic Science, Legal Studies, Corrections (to name a few) ALL fall under the criminal justice category. It is highly recommended that prior to just signing up for a "criminal justice" degree program that you research emphasized curriculum and area(s) of focus. That is why it is important to know your career goals prior to seeking out your degree program (and definitely prior to fronting your valuable time and money into something this important).