The BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.S.) degree with a major in criminal justice features two predominant divisions with a total of nine separate areas. The lower division is designed to provide the student with a sound liberal arts experience. This division includes courses in the humanities, mathematics and the natural sciences, the social sciences, and selected elective courses that are particularly appropriate to the field of criminal justice. Courses taken in the lower division are at the freshman and sophomore levels.

The upper division is designed to provide the student with a depth and breadth of knowledge related to criminal justice. Courses in the upper division are usually at the junior and senior levels and are divided into three areas:

  • Core curriculum criminal justice courses are designed to give the student a basic understanding of the philosophical, theoretical, and structural aspects of the criminal justice system and its component parts. In addition, students participate in a professional internship experience.
  • Courses with the two available program tracks focus on chosen areas of student interest in criminal justice and are selected by the student in consultation with an academic adviser.
  • Electives relevant to the degree are also selected by the student in consultation with the academic adviser. These courses allow students to explore an ancillary area of concentration. In addition, students may choose courses that broaden their understanding of the world at large.

Did you know?

Did you know that the term “criminal justice” refers to police, courts and corrections as a system for the administration of city, county, state, and federal laws.

The primary focus of this program is the justice system itself. The juvenile or adult who is accused of conduct which violates the law will be affected by law enforcement, prosecutorial, judicial, and correctional agencies. The requirements of degree programs in this department stress an integrated view of the criminal justice system. In this view all components of the system interrelate with all other components to provide coordinated justice administration. The criminal justice curriculum is designed to give students an understanding of the developing theoretical knowledge base in this field of study while simultaneously providing an understanding of how each of the component parts relate to one another.

Admission to the B.S. in Criminal Justice is submitted through GSU Undergraduate Admissions. Visit for application information, deadlines and financial aid information. 

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Bachelor of Science Degree offers students the option of choosing the traditional Crime and Justice Track or a Legal Track. The Crime and Justice Track includes the traditional curriculum for criminal justice majors. The Legal Track is designed for criminal justice majors who are interested in an intensive exposure to law in preparation for law school. Students who fail to pick a track will automatically be placed in the Crime and Justice Track.

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Telephone: 404-413-0021

Writing and Referencing Resources:

All students in the department are expected to compose high quality papers and reference any source material in those papers according to the citation guidelines set forward by the American Psychological Association (APA). The AYS Dean's Office has assembled a webpage located at  to provide students with guidance in this regard. Students are urged to take advantage of these materials.

  • Timothy Brezina
    Juvenile Delinquency, Youth Violence, Criminological Theory
  • Damon Camp
    Law Enforcement Training, Legal Issues
  • Ruiyun (Frances) Chen
    Biosocial Criminology, Developmental Criminology, Psychophysiology, Salivary Bioscience
  • Sue Carter Collins
    Sexual harassment in policing, the constitutionalization of criminal procedure, and women in policing
  • Dean Dabney
    Policing, Organizational Misconduct, Qualitative Methods
  • Leah Daigle
    Victimization, Life-course criminology
  • Robert Friedmann
    Community Policing, Counter-terrorism
  • Joshua Hinkle
    Evidence-based policing, the disorder-crime nexus, fear of crime and experimental methods
  • Scott Jacques
    Crimes against drug dealers
  • Cyntoria Johnson
    Critical race theory, Eyewitness misidentification, and globalizing criminal justice education.
  • Mark Reed
    Impact of Criminal Justice Processes
  • Eric Sevigny
    Drug Policy, Sentencing, Measurement
  • Michael Shapiro
    Constitutional Law
  • Volkan Topalli
    Violence in urban settings
  • Barbara Warner
    Role of informal social control of inappropriate behavior in preventing crime and violence
  • Richard Wright
    Urban street criminals

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I look for scholarships offered to criminal justice students?

You can go to this link: type in "criminal justice" in the keyword box, then press the green button.  A list will appear of all the scholarships for criminal justice majors.  Students can begin submitting scholarship applications in September.  The Deadline for scholarships is Dec. 1st.

What types of jobs can I apply for with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice?

A Bachelor’s of Science degree equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain employment in a variety of fields such as: Law Enforcement, Corrections, Court System, Juvenile Courts, Probations & Parole, Public Safety, Public Service, Office of the Solicitor General, Law Office, Non-Profit, Victims Assistance, Private & Corporate Security, etc.

Graduates of our program have gone on to work for the GBI, FBI, DEA, ATF, police departments, applied to law school, etc.   Many of our graduates have become Border Patrol Agents, Crime Prevention Specialist, Correctional Officers, Criminal Investigators, Criminal Law Paralegals, Drug Enforcement Agents, Federal Air Marshals, etc.  For a more complete listing of criminal justice jobs that includes a brief description and salaries click on the following link:

Does the department offer a forensic science program?