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Criminal Justice

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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.  

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. 

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

What do Criminal Justice Majors Do After Graduation?

  • 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 Services Officer
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Game Warden
  • Homeland Security
  • ICE Agent
  • IRS Agent
  • Judge
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Mediator
  • Military Police
  • Paralegal
  • Parole Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Prosecutor
  • Secret Service Officer
  • Security Officer
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Teacher
  • U.S. Marshal
  • U.S. Postal Inspector
  • Victim Advocate