Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology
With a bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology, you’ll gain the education you need to get started in a variety of careers in victim advocacy, law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections, law, data analyses, and digital forensics. The enriching curriculum provides a broad education on crime, the causes of criminal behavior, juvenile delinquency, victimology, and the criminal justice system.
Our flexible program allows you to take both in-person and online classes, and participate in innovative internships and “inside-out” classes, where you learn alongside the incarcerated.
Criminal Justice and Criminology Degree Emphasis
Format: Fully online or on campus at both our Armstrong and Statesboro campuses Credit Hours: 124
By emphasizing in criminal justice and criminology, you’ll receive focused training in the fundamentals of the American criminal justice system, legal processes from arrest through appeal, investigative procedures, and the factors leading to criminal behavior. You’ll build an invaluable foundation of knowledge of crime, including victimology, juvenile justice, gang-related crimes, drugs and society, violence and issues in homeland security.
Format: On campus at our Armstrong campus (some courses offered in Statesboro or online) Credit Hours: 124
With a degree emphasis in cybercrime, you’ll specialize in criminal justice efforts to combat computer-oriented crimes. The program explores computer and cybercrime scene investigation and analysis techniques, computer forensics, online economic fraud, cyber harassment and stalking, exploitation and cyber terrorism.
In College Honors in Criminal Justice and Criminology you’ll work closely with a faculty mentor to explore your intellectual interests. The honors program provides a rigorous academic experience that will prepare you well for graduate school, law school, or professional employment. Your achievement will be recognized with an Honors Program seal on your diploma and a notation on your transcript.
Honors Program Requirements
Students majoring in Criminal Justice and Criminology can elect to achieve College Honors by satisfying the requirements listed below. The expectation of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is that students achieving honors in Criminal Justice and Criminology will distinguish themselves by conducting advanced research in the topics of justice, crime or the law.
Admission to College Honors Program by the University Honors Program (see the University Honors Program site for requirements)
Completion of twelve hours of honors credit in Criminal Justice and Criminology.
Nine of these hours will be satisfied by contracting for honors in upper-level Criminal Justice and Criminology courses (CRJU courses 3000+). The contract stipulates what work above and beyond the standard course requirements qualifies the course for honors credit, and it identifies the criteria by which the student’s performance will be evaluated. All contracts must be completed and signed before the course begins, and copies furnished to the UHP Director, the department chairperson, and the student’s advisor. A contract signed by the student and instructor must be turned in to the Honors Director by Drop Day and the Honors Contract Completion form must be turned in at the conclusion of the course. Typically, contracting for honors in Criminal Justice and Criminology courses will entail an additional research project or, if the course already includes a research project, a more extensive research paper. (See UHP Guidelines for Honors Contracts for more information.)
The final three hours of honors credit will be satisfied by completing CRJU 4930, Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors Thesis (this course satisfies the capstone requirement for College Honors). The honors student, with the approval and guidance of a faculty mentor, plans and executes a substantial independent research project on a topic related to justice, crime, or the law. In addition to a 35-50 page research paper, students will complete a poster presentation of their research findings.
Hands-On Field Experience and Criminal Justice Internship Opportunities
Georgia Southern’s innovative internships provide the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a supervised work environment, including:
State and federal correctional institutions
State and federal investigative agencies
Victim assistance programs
Criminal justice agencies
Local law enforcement
Course Description: CRJU 4792: Internship in Justice Studies
The internship is a popular option that students may use to satisfy core criminal justice requirements and/ or as an upper division criminal justice elective. Internships provide students the opportunity to utilize, in a supervised work setting, the knowledge they have gained through their course work. Students work in a variety of settings, including correctional institutions (state and federal), courts, law offices, prosecutors’ offices (investigations and victim assistance programs), sheriff’s departments, local law enforcement, state and federal investigative agencies, private policing, loss prevention in retail settings, juvenile after-care, adult parole, and other criminal justice agencies. The internship experience allows students to gain valuable work experience and develop resources and networks for career opportunities.
In order to be eligible for enrollment, students must meet the following requirements:
You must be at least a rising Senior, having completed a minimum of 90 credit hours, including key Justice Studies courses.
You must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
You must be able to pass a background check, including polygraph.
You must have health insurance.
You must locate and secure an internship prior to the start of the semester of enrollment.
You must complete the Internship Abstract and receive approval from the Internship Coordinator.
Students who are currently employed with a criminal justice agency must intern with another agency, a different division within their agency of employment, or assume substantially different duties and responsibilities within their agency of employment during the internship period in order to be eligible for internship credit.
Internships are offered for 3-, 6-, or 9-credit hours. Students must complete a minimum of 150 contact hours (actual time spent working with the internship agency) for every three credit hours of enrollment.
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