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About the Criminal Justice Program at TROY

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 a course for a fulfilling and successful career. TROY’s criminal justice program will provide you with the skills and knowledge that will help prepare you for a wide variety of career opportunities. Within your courses, you’ll learn about the criminal justice system from knowledgeable instructors with real-life experiences. These faculty members will help you gain a comprehensive understanding of law enforcement, the courts and corrections and equip you with the knowledge needed to assist in shaping criminal justice policy.

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Specialize Your Criminal Justice Degree with a Minor

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 to find the perfect fit for you, whether that’s 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.
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Accelerated Law Option Available

Are you interested in pursuing a career in law while saving time and money? Troy University's unique accelerated law program allows you to further specialize your criminal justice degree and get a jumpstart on law school. TROY partnered with Faulkner, Samford, and Mississippi College law schools to offer its students a way to complete their bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees within six years.
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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Curriculum

While specific courses may vary from year to year, your coursework may include:
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For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756

Digital Forensics Minor

If you have a knack for computers and technology and a natural talent for investigation, a minor in digital forensics would complement your criminal justice major by helping you develop a highly marketable skill. Your courses will allow you hands-on work with digital evidence and software tools used in the field. While in one course you may get the chance to work with a mock physical crime scene, in another, you may have the opportunity to create forensic images and analyze the results. By the end of the program, you will have worked with digital forensics cases from start to completion, including legal issues, and you will have covered a range of criminal cases involving crimes such as hacking, child pornography, financial fraud, identity theft, murder and terrorism.

Homeland Security Minor

Pursuing a minor in homeland security adds value to your bachelor’s in criminal justice by helping you better understand the organizations and processes that have been created to secure the United States against the threat of any foreign or domestic attack. As you study, you’ll have opportunities to learn how homeland security has changed since Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the steps it takes to plan for and recover from various crises with focus placed on the roles and responsibilities of national, regional and local response teams. As you progress in your studies, you’ll also critically examine and analyze major issues such as the development of terrorism in today’s modern world, and compare and examine the world’s criminal justice systems.


Careers in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice graduates can enter into careers in law enforcement, private security, homeland security, corrections or criminal justice agencies.

Faculty Profiles

Halil Akbas, Ph.D.

Halil Akbas, Ph.D.

Dr. Halil Akbas is the Associate Chair and Associate Professor of criminal justice and criminology. His main research interests include the study of policing strategies, immigration, human trafficking and terrorism. Dr. Akbas teaches graduate courses in law enforcement, criminal justice policy, homeland security and more.
L. Sergio Garduno, Ph.D.

L. Sergio Garduno, Ph.D.

Dr. Sergio Garduno is an Assistant Professor of criminal justice and criminology. His main research includes the study of HIV, jails and gangs. Dr. Garduno teaches graduate courses in research methods and criminological theory.
Soheil Sabriseilabi, Ph.D.

Soheil Sabriseilabi, Ph.D.

Dr. Soheil Sabriseilabi is an Assistant Professor of sociology and criminology. His main research includes the relationship between religion and crime, and the role of public opinion on legalization of unnatural death. Dr. Sabriseilabi teaches graduate courses in deviant behavior, capital punishment, ethics in criminal justice and more.
Jolene Vincent, Ph.D.

Jolene Vincent, Ph.D.

Dr. Jolene Vincent is an Assistant Professor of sociology and criminology. Her main research includes the study of human trafficking, homicide and serial killings. She teaches graduate courses in criminological theory.
Jeffrey C. Lee, Ph.D.

Jeffrey C. Lee, Ph.D.

Jeffrey C. Lee, Ph.D. is a lecturer of criminology at Troy University, Troy, AL. His background includes 5 years with the Florida Department of Corrections, 1 year as a Baker County Deputy Sheriff, 10 years as a Special Agent with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and 4 years as the Director of the Criminal Justice Academy and Dean of Public Safety at St. Johns River State College. Dr. Lee has received twelve awards of commendation and service including the Davis Productivity Award and a nomination for the Medal of Valor. His research interest include tourist policing and victimization, criminal justice education, officer wellness and resiliency.
Gary P. Daniel

Gary P. Daniel

Gary Daniel is professor of practice in digital forensics and a retired detective. He teaches graduate courses in crime analysis, cyber forensics, and AI and game forensics.

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TROY's Criminal Justice program provides students with the knowledge and expertise needed to succeed in their chosen criminal justice field.

What Can You Do with a Criminal Justice Degree?

For more than 16 years, Troy University’s Dr. Halil Akbas worked in law enforcement in his native Turkey. There, he managed national and international projects relating to immigration, human trafficking and border security. After being seriously injured during a terrorist attack in Turkey, he learned first-hand the risks police officers and agents face in the line of duty.

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