Criminal Justice examines the structure, functions, and decision-making processes of agencies that deal with crime and criminal offenders. As an independent academic discipline, criminal justice is comparatively new. Interest in criminal justice education was spurred by the “war on crime” during the 1960s and the resulting massive federal funding to upgrade criminal justice agencies, technology, programming and education of criminal justice personnel.
Faculty in this program provide expertise in law enforcement, investigations, corrections, criminal law and theory. Majors are assigned a faculty advisor who will assist in selection of courses relevant to individual interests and career aspirations.
Students with a B.S. degree in criminal justice qualify for employment in city, county, state and federal criminal justice agencies, and in the rapidly-growing private industrial security field. A number of graduates continue their education in graduate programs in criminal justice, criminology or law. The program also offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree.
No Minor Required