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"It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones." -Nelson Mandela

With crime being increasingly global in its effect and reach, and the U.S. leading the world with 1 male out of every 9 having a likelihood of being imprisoned at some point in his lifetime, we, as a society, must reconsider the ways we criminalize behavior and respond to crime. Criminal Justice majors are challenged to evaluate and critically analyze our methods for addressing "the crime problem." I encourage you to join us in this endeavor.

The Criminal Justice program at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to deliver quality, broad-based courses which provide students with the educational tools necessary to meet the modern challenges of the criminal justice system. Whether this is your first semester at NSU, or you are a returning student, our faculty and staff will strive to provide you with a rewarding and memorable experience. The criminal justice major is appropriate for students planning to enter graduate school, law school, and for those aspiring to work as practitioners in the criminal justice system.

Criminal justice students develop an understanding of the elements of criminal offenses, constitutional issues, theories of crime causation, and the history and structure of the criminal justice system. As a student in this program, you will also have the opportunity to travel briefly abroad to study how other countries address the crime problem. Additionally, you will learn to develop a criminal justice research proposal, and have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the criminal justice system by completing internships with criminal justice agencies and participating in research projects. As technology changes the way educators think about education and learning the program offers courses in ways that meet the varying needs of students.

To promote and support learning outside the classroom, the program sponsors the Criminal Justice Club (CJC) and invites academically qualified students to join Omega Tau, the NSU chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society. I invite you to more closely examine the course offerings, to learn about scholarships granted to our majors and to meet with the program's faculty. Please let me know if I may be of further assistance, and do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions regarding our program.


George Kakoti, Ph.D., LL.M.
Associate Professor
Department of Justice and Human Services
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Why Choose This Major?

  • A bachelor's degree in criminal justice provides excellent foundation for advanced academic work.
  • Criminal justice studies provides an excellent compliment to work in other disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, public administration, social work, counseling, and law.
  • A criminal justice degree prepares students for employment and advancement in careers in law enforcement, corrections, and the courts.

Click here to learn more about career opportunities for graduates of this program.

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