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Why Study Criminal Justice

Students interested in law, law enforcement, courts, corrections, and other criminal justice related topics would be an ideal fit for the program in the criminal justice department.

Criminal Justice 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 are free to choose a minor of interest to complement their criminal justice studies. The Department of Criminal Justice prides itself on providing students a balanced and complete education. We are also proud to assist our nation’s military personnel and veterans obtain their educational goals.

APSU’s Criminal Justice program leverages the knowledge, research proficiency, and professional experiences of APSU faculty and military officials from Ft. Campbell. Our faculty possess expertise in the traditional scholarly fields of criminology, political science, sociology, law, and psychology. These disciplines contribute to the intellectual basis for criminal justice as an academic field.

The BS in Criminal Justice degree can be completed online, in person on campus, or as a combination of the two modalities.  We offer our online classes in an 8-week format, and our on-campus classes in the traditional 16-week format. 

The Department of Criminal Justice sponsors the Phi Kappa Chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society, which recognizes the academic excellence of Criminal Justice students.  The goals of the APSU Phi Kappa Chapter are to honor and promote academic excellence, community service, educational leadership, and unity. More information is available here: APSU Phi Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma

What will I Learn


Sample Course Plan and General Education Requirements

Criminal Justice Sample 4 Year Plan

General Education Core

Joshua Russell poses in Red Barn

Joshua Russell

Criminal Justice major

After 12 years on active duty in the U.S. Army, with combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as an enlisted soldier, Joshua Russell said he had options as he explored the Army’s Green to Gold program, which provides active duty soldiers the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree en route to a commission as an officer. Ultimately, the Indiana native decided there was no better option than the one located right in Fort Campbell’s backyard — Austin Peay State University.

“I could have chosen to enroll anywhere in the country, from the University of Florida to the University of Washington, but Austin Peay is a Top-10 ROTC program in the country, so why not go to the best program possible,” Russell said.