David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences
Criminal Justice

Program Overview

This exciting program is for students seeking a pre-law major or a career in one of the many fields related to justice such as investigations, emergency and social services, courts, policing, homeland security and counter-terrorism. Courses in the program focus upon how to deal with social problems such as crime, violence, drugs, gangs, terrorism, sexual assault, prisons and juvenile delinquency. The intriguing curriculum explores human behavior, social policies, forensics, counseling, trials, rehabilitation, research and management.

Internships and Experiential Opportunities

High Point University values experiential learning in all majors. The Criminal Justice program offers many opportunities for students to apply classroom lessons to real world situations. Students can join the Justice Club, Pre-Law Society or our local chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma (the National Honor Society of Criminal Justice majors).

Past experiential activities we have created for our students include:

  1. Court room observations and field trips to local prisons
  2. A seminar on serial sexual killers by Robert Ressler (founder of FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit)
  3. Student Participation in the Citizen Police Academy
  4. Police K-9 demonstrations
  5. Defense tactics for student survival, including firearms safety and instruction
  6. Guest speakers from the FBI, customs, SBI, corporate asset protection, probation/parole, district attorney’s office, public defender office and more.

Other potential careers include:

  1. Acceptance to law school or a graduate school in criminal justice, sociology, political science or social work.
  2. Federal Investigator (FBI, U.S. Marshal, DEA, Customs, INS, ATF, Secret Service, etc.)
  3. State Bureau of Investigation or other state law enforcement agency (SHP, DMV, etc.)
  4. Corporate Asset Protection Management (with any large business/corporation)
  5. Social Worker (working with juveniles or adults)
  6. Insurance Claims Adjuster/Investigator
  7. Wildlife/Game Officer; Park/Forest Ranger
  8. Governmental Regulatory Agency (EPA, FDA, etc.)
  9. U.S. Postal Inspector (investigating crimes involving the mail)
  10. Airport Security Management (TSA, etc.)
  11. Crime Records/Data Management/Research
  12. Terrorism/Counter-Terrorism Specialist
  13. Diplomatic Security/Executive Protection Specialist
  14. Criminal Justice Professor
  15. Potential Professions/ Opportunities PDF

Mission Statement and Core Values

We combine classic, but lively and engaging classroom lectures, with a multitude of stimulating, experiential, hands-on activities in which students apply textbook principles to real world situations and scenarios frequently faced by justice professionals (police, detectives, prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys, etc.) Here are some of the exciting, experiential, hands-on learning opportunities we provide for students:

  1. The “Crime House” – This is an actual house the University purchased for use in our crime scene investigation and police courses to create mock crime scenes (such as a double homicide scene for students to process as “detectives”), mock “busts” and “raids” (warrant service), building searches (for hidden, “armed” suspects), instruction on arrest procedures (officer safety and cuffing) etc.
  2. Criminal Trial Court – Students spend time in both misdemeanor and felony court watching and analyzing real trials/court cases (such as murder, robbery, burglary, sexual assault, etc) in our state court system.
  3. Criminal Profiling – Instruction on the philosophy and techniques of “profiling” as an investigative technique in serial murder cases.
  4. A Variety of Simulation and Role Play Exercises – A number of our courses utilize these techniques to give students a feel for the practical situations justice practitioners face in the field. Simulation and role play examples include: Plea bargain simulation, police interrogation and interview, mock court, domestic violence intervention and more.
  5. The Criminal Justice National Honor Society – Our department is fortunate to host a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the country’s most prestigious academic honor society in the field of criminal justice.
  6. The Citizen Police Academy Course – A cooperative venture with the High Point Police Department, this experiential course gives students a taste of what it is like for a “police recruit” (citizen) to go through a police academy.
  7. Collaborative Research – Various opportunities exist for students to learn the mechanics of doing justice research under the direction of a criminal justice faculty member.
  8. Mock Court – Students are put in court positions (judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, defendant, victim, witnesses, etc) to role play realistic cases and trials under faculty direction.


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Criminal Justice at HPU

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