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Criminal Justice Undergraduate Studies Overview

Criminal Justice Classroom

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice offers students a comprehensive overview of the adult and juvenile justice systems, their agencies, personnel, and historical foundations.  The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers in criminal justice, to provide continuing education for those already employed in the criminal justice profession, and to offer a strong academic foundation for graduate or law school.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice are able to:

  • Examine contemporary social problems using analytical skills.
  • Analyze mechanisms of formal and informal social control and their impact on crime.
  • Apply ethical principles to resolve criminal justice issues.
  • Describe the history and development of the various components of the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
  • Examine the prevalence and nature of crime and their impact on criminal justice policies and practices.

Program Admissions

Any student who plans to major in Criminal Justice must complete at least 18 credit hours of course work with a grade of “C” or higher in: ENG 1110, ENG 1210, MATH 1110, SOCI 2100, PSY 2100, and CRJU 2250. Potential majors must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher. If you are not currently a student at North Carolina Central University and are interested in applying, additional information is available from the NCCU Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

The Department of Criminal Justice works with transfer students to facilitate the transition to a four year degree program. We accept lower level criminal justice courses from accredited community colleges as transfer hours toward the Bachelor of Science degree.  Criminal justice courses from four year institutions that are comparable to our courses are also accepted as transfer hours toward the Bachelor of Science degree. Selected general study courses are also considered for transfer.  Students must have earned a grade of “C” or better in courses to be eligible for transfer. Additional information on Transfer Services is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

North Carolina Central University is military friendly and participates with Duke University in a ROTC Program. Students with prior military experience may be awarded credit for completed military training.  Additional information on military transfer credit is available from the Office of Veterans Affairs

Program Requirements

To establish a solid foundation in criminal justice, students are required to complete 35 semester hours of core coursework and 12 semester hours in one of four concentration areas (law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, juvenile justice) in addition to university general education requirements.

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