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 special agents/federal investigations, emergency and social services, courts, policing, or homeland security.
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Chair and Professor of Criminal Justice
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Pre-Law Advising
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
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Course Requirements 2020/2021
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
Minor in Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 40
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 38
Total 128
Minor in Criminal Justice
Minor Requirements Credits
Course Requirements 20
Total 20
Requirements for B.S. in Criminal Justice
Requirements for Minor in Criminal Justice
Requirements for B.S. in Criminal Justice
Course Course Title Credits
CRJ 1900 Intro to the Justice System 4
CRJ 2000 Criminology 4
CRJ 2800 Police Operations 4
CRJ 3100 Criminal Law 4
CRJ 3200 Courts and Trials 4
CRJ 3400 Research Methods 4
CRJ 4200, CRJ 4500 Institutional Corrections or Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections 4
Choose three courses from the following list:
CRJ 1600 Victimology 4
CRJ 1700 Violent Crime in America 4
CRJ/WGS 1800 Women and Crime 4
CRJ 2100 Cyber-Crime 4
CRJ 2500 Controlled Substances 4
CRJ 2700 Juvenile Justice 4
CRJ 2800 Police Operations 4
CRJ 3500 Crime Scene Investigation 4
CRJ 3800 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 4
CRJ 4000 Terrorism 4
CRJ 4100 The Death Penalty 4
CRJ 4200 Institutional Corrections 4
CRJ 4300 Crime, Law, and National Security 4
CRJ 4400 Police Administration and Supervision 4
NPL 3300 Counseling and the Helping Professions 4
PSC 3320 The Constitution, Civil Liberties and the Courts 4
Course Descriptions
Requirements for Minor in Criminal Justice
Course Course Title Credits
CRJ 1900 Introduction to the Justice System 4
CRJ 3200 Courts and Trials 4
CRJ 4200, CRJ 4500 Institutional Corrections or Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections 4
Choose any two courses listed below:
CRJ 1600 Victimology 4
CRJ 1700 Violent Crime 4
CRJ/WGS 1800 Women and Crime 4
CRJ 2000 Criminology 4
CRJ 2100 Cyber-Crime 4
CRJ 2500 Controlled Substances 4
CRJ 2700 Juvenile Justice 4
CRJ 2800 Police Operations 4
CRJ 2881 Special Topics Variable Credit
CRJ 3881 Special Topics Variable Credit
CRJ 4881 Special Topics Variable Credit
CRJ 3100 Criminal Law 4
CRJ 3300 Criminal Evidence 4
CRJ 3400 Research Methods 4
CRJ 3500 Crime Scene Investigation 4
CRJ 3650 Life Skills for Inmates 4
CRJ 3700 Sex Trafficking and Domestic Violence 4
CRJ 3800 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 4
CRJ 4000 Terrorism 4
CRJ 4100 The Death Penalty 4
CRJ 4300 Crime, Law, and National Security 4
CRJ 4400 Police Administration and Supervision 4
Course Descriptions
Career Opportunities
Careers include high paying asset protection management positions (at the executive level) within hundreds of private corporations. A multitude of federal and state agencies offer a variety of rewarding government careers. More than 17,500 different law enforcement departments offer a variety of investigative and policing opportunities. County governments (100 in North Carolina alone) offer a variety of careers. Other careers are associated with federal and county courthouses such as lawyers, prosecutors, judges, probation/parole officers, juvenile counselors, community service coordinators, investigators, medical examiners, detectives and others.
Student Outcomes
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Name: Jessica Vedrani Hometown: Salisbury, Massachusetts Year: Class of 2021 Major: Double major in criminal justice and political science Internship: Vedrani interned with the Climate Action Campaign as the data and operations fellow in Washington, D.C. She was in charge of analyzing senator voting records, speeches, statements and social media posts surrounding the topic of…

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La-Z-Boy

Name: Spencer Day Hometown: West Chester, Ohio Year: Class of 2020 Major: Criminal justice and computer science Internship: Day spent the summer with La-Z-Boy as the cybersecurity intern on the IT/cybersecurity team in their corporate office. He monitored and investigated cyber incidents for La-Z-Boy worldwide, developed a “Privileged Acceptable Use Policy” that outlined appropriate computer…

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West Palm Beach State Attorney's Office

Name: Briana Smalley Hometown: West Palm Beach, Florida Year: Class of 2020 Major: Criminal justice with a minor in women and gender studies Internship: Smalley worked with the State Attorney’s Office in West Palm Beach as a special victim’s unit intern. She was tasked to review forensic interviews and make notes in case files regarding…

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U.S. Attorney's Office

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Ocean City Police Department

Name: Jeremy Thompson Hometown: Bluefield, West Virginia Year: Class of 2020 Major: Criminal justice and a minor in business administration Internship: Thompson spent the summer as a seasonal police officer for the Ocean City Police Department in Ocean City, Maryland. Thompson was a seasonal police officer in Ocean City, on foot and vehicle patrol in…

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IRS

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Study Abroad
At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Study abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.
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We combine classic, but lively and engaging classroom lectures, with a multitude of stimulating, experiential, hands-on activities.
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