What You’ll Learn

Forensics investigators, judges and corrections officers are vital to our communities. They ensure our safety and that justice is served fairly in our court systems.

At JCSU, our students get a complete view of the criminal justice system. Regardless of where you see yourself in the system, what you learn in our program will put you on the right track for a successful career serving your fellow citizens.

What will I study as a criminology major?

Our students learn the skills necessary to bag evidence, dust for fingerprints and photograph the crime scene. They also learn about criminology from a legal standpoint, the chain of custody and any fourth amendment issues related to processing crime in a courtroom setting.

As a major in our criminology program, you’ll learn about the three major components of the criminal justice system:

  • Law enforcement
  • Courts
  • Corrections

You’ll also have the opportunity to go behind the crime scene tape and network with some very prominent professionals in your field.

Through a practical understanding of every aspect of the criminal justice system, including child abuse, crime scene and white-collar crime, you’ll be fully prepared to enter the workforce.

Popular classes in the criminology program



CRIM 237 Juvenile Delinquency

Analyze the antisocial behavior of youth, especially its causes, consequences and prevention efforts.

CRIM 335 Corrections

Study institutional life, probation, parole and other issues and problems facing the modern penal system.

CRIM 435 Criminal Law

Examine the procedures that govern the behavior of law enforcement in a democratic society.

CRIM 332 Law Enforcement & the Community

Explore community policing and modern law enforcement.

Where will I study criminology?

Your criminology classes will have access to the latest smart technology for an enhanced learning experience.

You’ll also have the opportunity to tour local prisons, police departments and corrections facilities. In these environments, you’ll have the unique opportunity to talk with workers and inmates for a firsthand perspective on the criminal justice system.

What will I learn outside the criminology program?

JCSU is a private liberal arts university. What this means to you is that your education will broadly cover all areas of study. The diversity of your classes will help you look at “the big picture” in any career you choose.

  • Classes in computer science and communication arts will give you a definite advantage in the job market and workplace.
  • Taking several English and foreign language classes will help you interact with a global community that is getting smaller each day.
  • By taking math and science classes, you’ll have a better understanding of the world around you.
  • Health and physical education courses give you the knowledge to cope with everyday stress and lead a better, longer life.

Having a college education will give you the tools to succeed in life. Having a liberal arts education will give you the opportunity to take your success further.

The information on this page is maintained by the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.378.1016.