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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Program Description

AUM’s Criminal Justice program explores a detailed analysis of our criminal justice system. On that foundation of knowledge you’ll learn the ethical framework and skills to apply to law enforcement, security, corrections and juvenile justice.                    

For Points of Pride and Soaring Warhawks, see the Justice and Public Safety page.

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.

Employment of legal occupations is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average, which will result in about 64,600 new jobs. The median annual wage for legal occupations was $76,860 in May 2014, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $35,540.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample


Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

$49,360 per year

4% (3,300 more jobs)

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

$48,350 per year

8% (21,200 more jobs)

Police and Detectives

$60,270 per year

4% (33,100 more jobs)

For More Information

Department of Justice and Public Safety
Auburn University at Montgomery
Clement Hall 320G

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 4000

JPS Quantitative Methods

This course introduces the basic principles and quantitative methods to address real world problems in criminal justice. Emphasis is on fundamental concepts and techniques of descriptive and inferential statistics with applications in Justice and Public Safety. Basic quantitative methods, including probability, descriptive statistics, inferences for means and proportions, regression and other quantitative methods are presented.

JUST 4220

Ethics in Criminal Justice

Ethical dilemmas and decisions in the criminal justice system, with a focus on law enforcement problems. Duplicate credit will not be allowed for JUST 4220 and ORGL 2930.

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.