The criminal justice degree program focuses primarily on the criminological underpinnings, functions, and responsibilities of crime control agencies of law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and corrections, including juvenile justice, forensic investigation and social justice issues. Degree offerings include a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. In both programs (B.S, M.S.) the Department stresses academic excellence as it prepares students for advanced degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and employment in the field.
Regulations Regarding Students Associated with the Department
Students who elect to enroll in Criminal Justice courses are encouraged to first complete required general education courses. Students who have not completed (GER) courses, must receive the permission of the Criminal Justice Department before registering in Criminal Justice courses. The General Education Requirements (GER), provide the student with knowledge and skills which assist the student in succeeding in Criminal Justice courses. Students are encouraged to focus upon the completion of (GER) courses as early as possible in their college experience.
All majors in Criminal Justice are assigned advisors according to the first initial of the student's surname. Lists of advisors' names are posted on office doors in the Department of Criminal Justice. If the designated advisor is not available, the student is encouraged to seek the assistance of the Department Chair or of other available Criminal Justice Department faculty members. However, students are required to meet with assigned Advisors at least once each semester. Criminal Justice majors, minors and non-majors should seek advisement before registering for Criminal Justice courses. The advisement form is a road map that will guide the student to essential courses and the sequence in which they should be taken. All students are expected to familiarize themselves with and to follow all college regulations.
All Criminal Justice courses are upper-level courses. Undergraduate Criminal Justice Majors are expected to complete a core of seven three-hour courses (21 credit hours). In addition, six elective courses (18 credit hours) are required. Students are encouraged to take additional elective courses in order to pursue particular areas of interest in Criminal Justice. Criminal Justice majors are also encouraged, but not required, to pursue Criminal Justice certificates or minors in other academic areas. One undergraduate Criminal Justice certificate is offered in Forensic Investigation and two graduate certificates in Investigative Sciences and Policing Strategies are offered.
Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to earn a grade of C or higher in each required and in each elective Criminal Justice course.
A highly qualified student-focused faculty comprise the criminal justice program. Moreover, faculty members hold advanced degrees from leading universities throughout the United States and have considerable practical, teaching, research, and service expertise. The students’ interests and needs are the faculty’s most important concerns. Faculty are actively involved with students through collegiate and community activities.
Rewarding Career Opportunities
- The study of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge to enable entry into a variety of positions requiring insight into law enforcement, courts, and corrections, as well as the pursuit of advanced degrees in discipline and closely related areas.
- Career opportunities exist in many areas of the Criminal Justice System. Among the most popular are local, state and federal law enforcement; juvenile and adult corrections, both institutional and community based; pre-trial release; business and industrial security; and court, police and correctional management and administration.
- Aside from direct entry into professional positions, the study of criminal justice can be an excellent strategy for one’s preparation for graduate study in various disciplines. Many department graduates continue advanced studies in criminal justice at Coppin State University, in pursuit of the M.S. Degree in Criminal Justice as well as pursue law school admittance locally, statewide and nationally.
- Beginning salaries for recent graduates vary with the position, locale, and the student.
Internship and Cooperative Education
- Completing an internship in a criminal justice or criminal justice related agency is required for the B.S. Degree. Such opportunities are also available to students completing only a minor in criminal justice.
- Internship opportunities offer firsthand professional training through observation and exposure, as the intern works with criminal justice agency/ related agency practitioners.
Since there is more to obtaining employment or seeking graduate or law school admission than simply having a college degree, faculty take special interest and pride in assisting students to achieve their objectives following graduation. The University’s Career Development Center also provides excellent assistance in helping graduates to secure employment.
Non-Discrimination Statement of Policy
Coppin State University is committed to equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or handicap. Moreover, Coppin State University is open to people of all races and actively seeks to promote racial integration by recruiting and enrolling all races.