Why Study at JCSU?

Many universities don’t offer a degree in criminology, but at JCSU, that’s just one reason we’re unique. 

The criminology program is certified by the North Carolina Department of Justice Criminal Justice  Education and Training Standards Commission and is only one of four four-year institutions in the state to earn that certification. What this means for you is that you'll receive a real-world education that will prepare you to serve your fellow citizens and make a positive impact for your community.

We prepare you for success beyond the classroom.

Your professors will help you put criminal justice theory into real-world practice by collaborating in community research projects. Nothing compares to the experience of addressing current issues with the partnership of your professors as you work together to find solutions to community problems.

You’ll receive firsthand experience in your core classes in the criminology major. Learn about forensics and investigations in a mock crime scene or conduct mock trials, where you’ll:

  • File bills of indictment
  • Prepare for arraignments and plea hearings
  • Present cases
  • Gather evidence

In research methods class, you’ll not only learn about survey development, but also help develop and validate a survey, conduct the surveys in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community and perform data analysis.

Research opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.

Students in our program even have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the community, even while they’re still in college. Some have had the opportunity to serve in a group of policy advisers to James Mitchell Jr., president of the National League of Cities. They studied issues relevant to government policy-making on the national level.

Other students have participated in community research. Working with locals, they learn how to develop surveys, conduct interviews and collect data — all to better their neighborhood communities.

Get involved in on-campus activities and organizations.

Through activities like Crime, Justice and Law Week, you’ll be connected to speakers and professionals from highly respected organizations such as the:

If you choose to become involved in the Criminal Justice Association (a JCSU student organization), you’ll be mentored by professionals and practitioners in the field.

Through our monthly Lunch and Learn Series, professionals come to campus to provide informal networking and mentoring opportunities. You’ll have the opportunity to network with local:

  • Judges
  • Law enforcement professionals
  • Attorneys
  • Correctional personnel

Why choose a liberal arts education?

College graduates with a liberal arts education are vital to our country’s progress.

According to an article from CNN.com, “Why liberal arts matter,” students who graduate from liberal arts universities have a distinct advantage. They will be able to look at any problem and find a creative solution, as well as new opportunities. Rather than a technical degree that focuses on one area, a liberal arts education combines the study of science and math with the arts and humanities.

At JCSU, we emphasize learning new technologies, in addition to different world views and cultures. We teach our students to ask “why?” and to look at any situation from a variety of angles.

Employees who think creatively and communicate well will always be in high demand. As a JCSU student, you’ll improve these skills with every course you take.

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.