Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
At Chowan University, we integrate strategies in sociology and criminal investigation certification into the Criminal Justice curriculum to prepare all our students for captivating careers in a variety of criminal justice professions. By combining dynamic courses – like Corporate and White Collar Crime, Arson Investigation, Criminal Evidence, Juvenile Delinquency, and Police-Community Relations – with real-world work experience through internships at all levels of local, state, and federal agencies, students master the skills necessary for success in their field.
Students also connect classroom knowledge with real-world experience through membership in organizations specifically designed for students pursuing the Criminal Justice degree. The Chowan University chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society and the Criminal Justice Club offers students additional educational, service, and fellowship opportunities. Criminal Justice majors can earn a degree in the following areas:
Law Enforcement. This track, offered in both a BS and BA, will track the development of law enforcement from the earliest recorded periods of law enforcement history to the present day. It will explain the organizational structure and jurisdictions of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and will examine the roles of the law enforcement personnel. Additionally, students will study the numerous and complex interrelationships between the community and the police. Students will also gain a developed sense of theory and practical criminal investigation along with constitutional law.
Corrections. This track, offered in both a BS and BA, will give students an understanding of the history of both law enforcement and the implementation of punishment up to modern times. The degree track investigates the juvenile justice process and cases of delinquency. A focal point will be placed on the study of the various alternative corrections programs, agencies, and theories used to involve community resources in restoring the individual, who has violated the sanctity of the community, to his/her rightful place in the community. The practical application of theoretical knowledge obtained by the students in the classroom will be reinforced through field placement in various criminal justice agencies. The field placement will consist of a minimum of 40 hours per credit hour and will be supervised by the designated agency and department faculty. Approval of Department Chair required. Course may be offered during any semester (Based upon the number of students requesting an internship).