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Criminal Justice

120
Total Credit Hours
6
Full-Time Faculty
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Why study Criminal Justice at APSU?

Criminal Justice is a growing department that provides students opportunities to examine the field from an academic perspective coupled with practical applications.  The degree program is fully available to students through the Clarksville Campus as well as the Fort Campbell Campus.  Students choose a minor of interest to compliment criminal justice studies. The events of September 11, 2001 brought attention to homeland security as top national priority, not only for government officials but for all Americans. While homeland security departments have been created at the state and national levels, the first line of defense against terrorism is still the police officer on the street.  

What will I learn?

Criminal Justice students gain advanced knowledge of terrorism and the law, cybercrime, domestic and international terrorism, emergency management of incidents, and constitutional law through an applied learning approach grounded in theory.  

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

The Department of Criminal Justice is the sponsor of the APSU, Phi Kappa Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society, which recognizes the academic excellence of Criminal Justice students.

Students with an overall GPA of 3.2 with Criminal Justice as their Major or Minor and have completed at least 4 CRJ classes are qualified to request membership. 

The goals of the APSU, Phi Kappa Chapter are to honor and promote academic excellence, community service, educational leadership, and unity. 

Alpha Phi Sigma provides a local and national forum for obtaining information and developing perspectives about the field of criminal justice, learning about educational and career opportunities, and forming meaningful professional networks.

 

 

What Do Criminal Justice Majors Do After Graduation?

The Criminal Justice/Homeland Security degree will prepare you for a successful career in a growing field by supplying you with up-to-date information as well as a broad understanding of theory and practice in the field. Whether you are called on to create a plan of prevention or offer insight into possible terrorist motivations, you will be ready to make a difference. The demand for personnel educated in the highly specialized field of homeland security has escalated steadily since 9/11, with career opportunities in city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies as well as private businesses and industries. APSU graduates can be found holding positions as US Customs agents, FBI agent, State Police Office, and Deputy Sherriff as well as working in private industry sector. 

Criminal Justice majors go on to pursue many different paths:
  • ATF Agent
  • Defense Attorney
  • Bailiff
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • CIA Agent
  • Corrections Officer
  • Court Administrator
  • Court Reporter
  • Court Clerk
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Criminologist
  • Customs Agent
  • DEA Agent
  • Federal Air Marshal
  • FBI Agent
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Game Warden
  • Homeland Security
  • ICE Agent
  • IRS Agent
  • Judge
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Mediator
  • Military Police
  • Paralegal
  • Parole Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Probation Officer
  • Prosecutor
  • Secret Service Officer
  • Security Officer
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Teacher
  • Transportation Security Administration Officer
  • U.S. Marshal
  • U.S. Postal Inspector
  • Victim Advocate