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Criminal Justice

Program Description

Serve your community by keeping it safe. Now more than ever before, the world needs committed and capable criminal justice personnel. With a degree from AUM’s program of Criminal Justice, you’ll be qualified for a variety of criminal justice jobs at the local, state, and federal level. You’ll take at least one course from each of the specialization options – law enforcement, courts, corrections, juvenile justice, homeland security, emergency management, and security administration.

Points of Pride

  • The Department Head is an experienced former Deputy Chief of Police of a Southern California Police Department.
  • Our full-time faculty have published scholarly books and numerous peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals, including Criminal Justice StudiesPolice QuarterlyInternational Journal of Police Science & Management, Homicide StudiesInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and Criminology & Penology.
  • Our full-time faculty have presented papers at annual conferences such as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the American Society of Criminology.
  • All of our legal studies faculty members are lawyers who continue to practice law.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

At any given time there are 2,400 law enforcement jobs available. This means that if you want a job when you graduate, there will be one waiting for you. You can explore potential available careers through the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The job outlook for criminal justice occupations is expected to be about average from 2014 to 2024, growing 5 percent and adding 64,000 jobs. The most recent median annual wage for criminal justice occupations was $76,860 – more than twice the median annual wage for all occupations.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample


Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Police Officers and Detectives

$60,270 per year

4% (33,100 more jobs)

Crime and Intelligence Analysts

$58,550 per year

8% (21,200 more jobs)

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

$49,360 per year

4% (3,300 more jobs)

For More Information

Department of Criminal Justice
Auburn University at Montgomery
Clement Hall 319

Soaring Warhawks

  • Dr. Wendy Williams is the Deputy Commissioner for Women's Services with the Alabama Department of Corrections.
  • Dr. Rodney Ellis is chancellor of Southern University at Shreveport in Louisiana.
  • Paul Register is Chief of Police of the Auburn Police Department.
  • Louis Franklin is the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama
  • Kevin Murphy served as Montgomery’s Police Chief and is now Chief Deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Criminal Justice concentration includes:

Course #

Course Name

Course Description

JUST 1150

Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System

Overview of the United States criminal justice system; students develop a general understanding of the dynamic nature of the criminal justice system's response to crime in society, including the roles of law enforcement, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice systems.

JUST 3040

Organization and Administration

Introduction to organizational structures, human resource management, organizational performance, and consideration of organizational changes.

JUST 3120

Investigative Methods

Examination of theories and practices of the investigative process in the criminal justice system, specific operational techniques and applications of innovative techniques.

JUST 3620

Criminal Law

Jurisprudential philosophy and case study of common law and statutory crimes. Includes functions and development of substantive criminal law, elements of specific offenses and defenses.

JUST 3630


Issues and problems of proof in civil and criminal trials, rules of evidence, examining witnesses, constitutional considerations, etc.

JUST 4390

JPS Information Systems

Acquaints the student with methods and procedures concerning the protection of information, computer hardware and software. Emphasis on identifying the organizational responsibility for protective programs and detection of information and computer theft.

JUST 4510

JPS Planning & Budgeting

Introduction to planning concepts, methods, implementation, budgeting and evaluation. Discusses the relationship of planning to effective management and decision making. Develops a broad conceptual framework for various planning methods and techniques.

JUST 4640

Criminal Procedure

A study of the legal steps involved in the enforcement of criminal law and the fundamental principles necessary to a fair trial. Procedurally oriented discussion of arrest, search and seizure, right to counsel and due process of law.

JUST 4700

Research Methods (WI)

Research methods as applicable to justice and public safety, evaluation of research designs, conceptual models, sampling techniques and procedures. Analysis of research results. Development of an individual research design. Grant writing fundamentals. Prerequisite ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020.

JUST 4710

Alternative Dispute Resolution (WI)

Examination of the various aspects of alternative dispute resolution processes, including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. Legal requirements and skills are explored in the context of conflict diagnosis, process selection, and resolution.

JUST 4750

Survey of Crime Theories

Provides an examination of the major criminological schools of thought as well as the prominent theorists within each school; theories are presented that examine criminal motivation and the application of criminal law, additionally, the implicit theoretical assumptions regarding the punishment of offenders are examined.