About the Criminal Justice Degree
Whether you dream of pursuing a career in law enforcement, forensics or law, TROY’s bachelor’s degree in criminal justice offers you options to help you set course for a fulfilling and successful career.
Explore your options
As a criminal justice major, you’ll study the agencies and processes involved in the administration of criminal justice. You’ll also dive into the areas of law enforcement, corrections, constitutional law, criminology and law and criminal procedure. These required courses serve as an academic cornerstone as you explore each area of criminal justice and find the perfect fit for you whether you see yourself working as a police officer, a crime scene investigator or pursuing a career as an attorney. You can also add value and skills to your degree by choosing to minor in digital forensics or homeland security.
Criminal justice is one of the largest programs at Troy University because of its exciting programs leading to a variety of jobs, flexible online and in-class courses of study and outstanding faculty. TROY offers criminal justice programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels as well as a certificate in cybersecurity.
TROY’s undergraduate criminal justice major provides students with the opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system from instructors with real-life experiences. Students are provided an opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of law enforcement, the courts and corrections, equipping them to assist in shaping criminal justice policy.
Upon graduation, students have options to find employment in traditional law enforcement, corrections or the court system in jobs such as police officer, probation officer or corrections treatment specialist. Correction treatment specialists work with incarcerated individuals in an attempt to prevent them from committing new crimes after their release. The need for individuals in this profession is projected to grow by 18 percent by 2020.
Additionally, individuals with bachelor’s degrees may elect to work with local, state
or federal law enforcement agencies. Many students in the criminal justice program
desire to add on classes that will assist them with preparation for jobs in crime
scene investigation, homeland security and cybersecurity.
Accelerated Law Option Available
In 2015, TROY partnered with Thomas Goode Jones and Cumberland schools of law to become the first college in the state of Alabama to offer its students a way to complete their bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees within six years. Today, as part of this major studying within the University’s accelerated law program, you will begin an academic journey leading you to your junior year where, upon the careful consideration of your GPA and LSAT scores, you will have the opportunity to apply to law school at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham and now at the Mississippi College of Law. Programs are highly selective, and once chosen by one of the schools, you will begin your legal studies there. After your first year of law school, your GPA at Jones or Cumberland will be evaluated, and if there are no objections, you will receive your bachelor’s degree from TROY as if you’d been attending our classes throughout your senior year. At this point, only two years of law school remain before you sit for the Alabama State Bar exam. Now, that’s a deal, and it can only be found at TROY.
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*Courses available toward the TROY Online program