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Serve, Protect, Defend
You are driven to do the right thing. You feel a responsibility to protect others from harm. You want to invest your life in something that could help change the world for the better.
Making the choice to become a criminal justice professional—specializing in either law enforcement, the courts or corrections—means you will play an important part in keeping citizens and communities safe from crime, threats, and harm. 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 hundreds of exciting criminal justice job opportunities at the local, state, and federal level.
This major provides broad academic preparation in both liberal arts and specialized course work. You’ll also get hands-on experience with an internship focused on law enforcement, the courts or corrections.
Our experienced, full-time faculty have published scholarly books and numerous peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals, including Criminal Justice Studies, Police Quarterly, International Journal of Police Science & Management, and others. They have also 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.
If you would like to prepare for a career in the fields of paralegal/legal assistant or judicial administration, you should consider the Legal Studies Concentration. This option is also an ideal way to prepare for law school.
The Know How
What you will know with a Criminal Justice degree from AUM
The courses in this program help you become a critical thinker, with skills such as collecting and evaluating information, drawing conclusions and evaluating those conclusions.
With job experience, you may take on a leadership role, with others turning to you to uncover the essential facts of a life-or-death situation. We’ll help you get ready for that responsibility.
Know how to serve the public interest by delivering not only the truth, but the context behind it.
Through shadowing and internship opportunities, you’ll get a taste of the real world of criminal justice. You’ll also be able to create a professional network that will be crucial to career success.
Points of Pride
Customize Your Concentration
Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth
The Criminal Justice faculty have numerous contacts and relationships in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. You’ll benefit from this network when seeking internships and jobs.
Students seeking to continue their education in Law school are given dedicated resources that provide class schedule advising focused on career choice, assistance with graduate school applications, and more.
Is a Degree in Criminal Justice right for me?
With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.
|Career/Job Title||Entry-level Education||Job Growth 2020-2030||Annual Median Salary|
|Police and Detective||Bachelor’s Degree||7% (As fast as average)||$67,290|
|Probation Officer and Correctional Treatment Specialist||Bachelor’s degree||4% (Slower than average)||$55,690|
|Lawyer||Law degree||9% (As fast as average)||$126,930|
Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.
Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts, History and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.
Official Name of the Criminal Justice Degree
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.
To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, Criminal Justice, and electives. Contact us for a current listing of courses required to complete this program.
The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration offers. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.
|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.|