Overview & Academics
Criminal Justice is a major that helps students identify and explain the patterns of criminal behavior and to analyze society’s ability to control crime and delinquency. Students majoring in Criminal Justice study crime, criminals, and the criminal justice system through an interdisciplinary approach that combines legal studies, sociology, political science, psychology, forensic science, public administration, urban studies, and philosophy. Criminal justice focuses on the definitions, causes, and prevention of crime, and with legal processes and the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders.
- Careers in law including paralegal and attorney (with appropriate graduate and/or specialized training).
- Professions in the Correctional System including penal system management and probation services for adults and juveniles.
- Policing and law enforcement careers including sworn police officer and private security personnel.
- Private Security Design and Administration: Design unique security systems for public and private sites.
- Introduction to Criminal Justice
- Criminal Law
- Research Methods
- Reporting for Criminal Justice Professionals
- Senior Seminar
- Elementary Statistics
Core components (min. 3 hours in each)
- Law Enforcement: Police in Society, Criminal Investigation or Evidence
- Courts: Judicial Process, Criminal Procedure or Constitutional Law
- Corrections: Correctional Institutions, Community Corrections
(min 6 hours):
- Juvenile Justice
- Interviewing in Criminal Justice
- Addiction, Crime and the Criminal
- Selected Topics
- Administration of Justice
- Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
- Research Topics
Criminal Justice Faculty
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
NCWU also offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) that is designed with concentrations in both criminal justice practice and criminal justice administration. The MSCJ degree is a pivotal link in the region, as currently no other private higher education non-profit school offers an online MSCJ degree.