Criminal Justice


The Department of Criminal Justice offers curriculum and practice experiences that are designed to help develop students and practitioners with critical and analytical skills to promote the administration of justice and crime prevention and control in a diverse and global society.

The Department of Criminal Justice offers courses leading to both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Criminal Justice. The undergraduate curriculum introduces students to the criminal justice system, the theories underlying criminal behavior and the research methodology required to analyze current criminal justice issues. The graduate curriculum broadens and refines students' understanding of criminal justice in preparation for supervisory, investigatory and research careers. The department seeks to educate traditional students and promote workforce development by targeting persons currently working in the criminal justice field.

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Criminal Justice, B.S.

The Criminal Justice B.S. degree provides students with an understanding of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems, their agencies, personnel, and historical foundations and offers concentrations in law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, and juvenile justice. The department seeks to educate traditional students as well as promote workforce development by targeting persons currently working in the criminal justice field.

Criminal Justice Graduates, MS

Criminal Justice, M.S.

The primary goal of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice (M.S.C.J.) program is to help prepare students for research, policy development, administrative and supervisory positions within the various sectors of the criminal justice field. Conditions and needs in criminal justice are always changing; therefore, the program attempts to acquaint students with the most current perspectives and substantive knowledge, technical skills and analytic methodologies.

Research Institutes

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Homeland Security Institute

The Department of Criminal Justice at North Carolina Central University created the Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development to help communities educate emergency personnel and citizens about homeland security and disaster preparedness.

Executive Director: Dr. Harvey McMurray

Contact: [email protected]

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Juvenile Justice Institute

The Juvenile Justice Institute (JJI) at NCCU was established in 1999 by the General Assembly (Senate Bill 399). Located within the Department of Criminal Justice, JJI was founded to promote the exchange of information and human resource development to help facilitate the prevention of juvenile crime and delinquency. The mission of the JJI is to influence juvenile justice policy and practice by providing and supporting quality research, information and technical assistance to juvenile serving agencies, policymakers, the juvenile justice research community and community stakeholders.

Executive Director: Dr. Lorraine Taylor

Contact: [email protected]


Criminal Justice Graduate

Honors Program

The University Honors Program (UHP) prepares NCCU students to be world changers through co-curricular activities, faculty and peer mentorship, internship and fellowship opportunities and professional and academic enrichment experiences on-campus and off-campus.

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ABM Program

The Accelerated Bachelor to Master (ABM) Program allows students to earn their bachelor's and master's degrees while studying at NCCU. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, be classified as a junior, have passed CRJU 2000-level courses and have passed the CRJU 3000 Criminal Justice Theory course to be eligible for enrollment in the ABM program. Students admitted to the ABM program will take three graduate courses while they are undergraduate students, leaving 21 hours to complete their master’s degree.

Faculty ABM Coordinator: Dr. Jessica Ganao

Contact: [email protected]

Distance Education Program

With an online degree from NCCU, you are not only investing in your career; you are investing in your future. A top-ranked degree from a reputable institution opens doors to inspiring career opportunities. At North Carolina Central University, we believe education has no boundaries. Our undergraduate, graduate and certificate online degree programs offer the same quality and engaging learning experience as our classroom programs, but with flexibility and convenience to fit your schedule. As part of the University of North Carolina (UNC) system, NCCU offers affordable undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Department Distance Education Coordinator: Dr. Pia Duncan

Contact: [email protected]

Student Organizations

Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is the only nationally recognized honor society for Criminal Justice. Founded in 1942, Alpha Phi Sigma has grown to over 400 chapters at colleges and universities in 48 states, Guam and Canada. The mission of Alpha Phi Sigma is to promote analytical thinking, rigorous scholarship and lifelong learning; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research; to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions and to sustain in the public mind the benefits and necessity of education and professional training.

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Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lorna Grant

Contact: [email protected]

J.E.W.E.L.S. Organization


Justice, Empowerment, Wisdom, Excellence, Leadership and Service (JEWELS)  is a social justice organization for women interested in mentorship, service and leadership. Founded in 2019, JEWELS aims to provide young women with the personal and interpersonal skills that will prepare them to be tomorrow’s leaders in the criminal justice field.


Contact: [email protected]

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The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice

The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ) seeks to focus attention on relevant legislation, law enforcement, prosecution, and defense-related needs and practices, emphasizing law enforcement, courts, corrections, and the prevention of crime. Among its chief concerns is the general welfare of and increasing the influence of African Americans and people of color related to the administration of justice. NABCJ is designed to serve the needs of African Americans and people of color at all levels, including nonprofessionals, paraprofessionals and professionals.

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Faculty Advisor: Dr. George Wilson

Contact: [email protected]

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Criminal Justice Ambassadors Club

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Harvey McMurray

Contact: [email protected]

Internships and Careers

Undergraduate Practicum

Practicum is a service-learning course where students complete 80 hours of field experience.

Top Internship Placements

The department offers over 75 internship placements.

Job Opportunities

According to the NCCU First Destination Survey, 43.74% of CJ students are employed full-time after graduation.


Override Form

The purpose of the Department of Criminal Justice's Override Form is to collect information related to override requests when students receive an error term during the registration process. Submitting this form will send the override request to the student’s advisor for approval and processing.

Contact Form

Fill out this contact form to share your contact information with the Criminal Justice department. Submission of this information enables the Department to better serve students in career planning.

Student Academic Progression Plan Form

The Student Academic Progression Plan Form is used to assist students in navigating their matriculation at North Carolina Central University.


Policing: The Essentials textbook

Dr. Carol Huynh, assistant professor, publishes textbook on policing entitled “Policing: The Essentials”.

Dr. Lorraine Taylor

The News and Observer

Dr. Lorraine Taylor, executive director of the Juvenile Justice Institute at NCCU, featured on the News and Observer discussing incarceration patterns in jail trends in Durham, NC.

Dr. Hunter Boehme

Dr. Hunter Boehme published an article in Police Quarterly entitled “Female Officers in Use-of-Force Encounters: An Examination of Potential Correlates.”

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Undergraduate Contact Form

Graduate Contact Form