Criminal Justice

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 bachelor’s degree from AUM’s Criminal Justice program, 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, corrections, juvenile justice and security administration. This major provides broad academic preparation in both general education and advanced course work of a specialized nature in either the criminal justice track or the legal studies track. Students in this program get hands-on experience during their internship.

Points of Pride

  • The department head is an experienced former deputy chief of police of a California police department.
  • Our full-time faculty has published scholarly books and numerous peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals, including Criminal Justice Studies, Police Quarterly, International Journal of Police Science & Management, Homicide Studies, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and Criminology & Penology.
  • Faculty has 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 nationally.

The most recent median annual wage for criminal justice occupations was $76,860 – more than twice the median annual wage for all occupations. You can explore potential available careers through the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample


Median Annual Pay

Job Growth through 2028

Police Officers and Detectives



Detectives and Criminal Investigators


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Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists



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 Evidence/Criminalistics 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.

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