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Criminal Justice Department Overview

Criminal Justice

A degree in criminal justice provides a foundation that will prepare you for an exciting and important career in any number of occupations from patrolling the streets to investigating crimes or protecting our national security.

The Department of Criminal Justice offers coursework leading to both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Criminal Justice. Our mission is to prepare students to become leaders, outstanding practitioners, scholars, and advocates for social justice in a diverse and global society. We pride ourselves as being one of the largest academic departments on campus. Our Bachelor of Science Program is one of only seven bachelor’s programs to be certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) for meeting all ACJS certification standards.

Curriculum and practice experiences challenge students to become critical and analytical consumers of information, advocates for social justice, and promote the administration of justice, crime prevention, and crime control in a diverse and global society. The undergraduate curriculum is designed to provide students with a familiarity of the criminal justice system, the theories underlying criminal behavior, and the research methodology required to analyze current criminal justice issues. While the graduate curriculum both broadens and refines students understanding of criminal justice in preparation for supervisory, investigatory and research careers.

NCCU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs and activities (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University's educational programs and activities. For additional resources or to file a Title IX complaint, visit the NCCU's Title IX webpage.
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