The Department of Criminal Justice offers a Bachelor of Science degree with the objectives of preparing students to engage in further study at the graduate and professional levels and to pursue careers in criminal justice. To achieve its objectives, the department requires students to complete the University College Core Curriculum, 48 or more credit hours in criminal justice, and additional requirements that will compliment education in criminal justice. A minor is not required to supplement the major, but discussion with your advisor about a minor that may complement your degree and your career/ higher education goals is encouraged. Instead, the department requires students to take free electives (any course, any level) to earn the required number of credit hours needed for the degree. The department offers an online degree completion program in cooperation with the North Carolina Community College System. Students may complete lower division classes online through the community college; required upper division classes are offered online by Fayetteville State University. The department also has articulation agreements with selected North Carolina community colleges which provide students with the knowledge needed to maximize their time at the community college in order to better facilitate degree completion upon admission to FSU.
Information specific to Criminal Justice Majors
Students may not use life experience (field work in criminal justice or criminal justice-related field) to substitute for any classes, including CRJC 430 Internship. Students may earn 3 Phy. Ed. credits (HEED 112 and PEDU 100) and additional GSTU 200 credit for academy training (BLET, Fire Fighter, Correctional Officer) as long as the appropriate paperwork demonstrating successful completion of said academy is submitted to the Registrar's Office.
Students may take CRJC 430 (Internship in Criminal Justice) for three to six credit hours. Students are eligible to sign up for internship when they meet the following qualifications:
Students must take CRJC 429 in order to be eligible for the internship. CRJC 429 is a one-credit course and will be located in the Free Electives area of the online degree evaluation and curriculum guide unless otherwise instructed by the Department Chair.
CRJC 370 is a Special Topics course that may be repeated two additional times (for a total of 9 credit hours of CRJC 370 maximum) as long as the topic focus is different in each case.