Majors & Minors in Criminal Justice

Our curriculum is designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to understand the institutions of the criminal justice process — police, courts, corrections — and the administration of justice. You will acquire an understanding of the various components of the formal criminal justice process, endemic and emerging issues in criminal justice, and many of the incongruities in the justice system. Additionally, you will be taught how to critically assess some of the major controversial issues in policing, courts, corrections, and administration.

You will study criminology, victimology, political policy analysis, research methods, and other sociological tools used to measure and understand the etiology of crime, societies’ response to crime, and policy issues in the administration of justice. This curriculum will lead you to reevaluate your views of justice, the criminal justice system, and society in general.

Programs of Study

  • Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science with a major in Social Science and a concentration in Criminal Justice.
  • Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminal Justice and a concentration in Homeland Security
  • Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminal Justice and a concentration in Pre-Law
  • Bachelor of Science with a major in Social Science and a concentration in Homeland Security


Criminal Justice majors with specific career goals may concentrate their efforts in one of several special programs.

Social Science majors can also pursue Social Studies Teacher Licensure, a program which combines with the major all the education courses and student teaching required for high school licensure in North Carolina. Campbell’s School of Education is accredited by the National Council on Teacher Education, and if you are planning to teach outside North Carolina, 42 states, including all on the East Coast plus the District of Columbia and Guam, have reciprocal agreements with North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction for accepting our licensure standards.

The Department provides a four-year program in Criminal Justice Administration which leads to a Bachelor of Arts in that field. This course of study is suggested for individuals interested in any aspect of the criminal justice system (police, courts, or corrections) and is especially helpful for those wishing to go on to law or graduate school. The course of study includes such classes as criminology, criminal law, justice administration, theories of justice, criminal investigations, forensics, and terrorism.

In 2014, Campbell announced a new Criminal Justice Pre-Law concentration, which allows students to take a core group of classes that will not only better prepare them for a career in Criminal Justice but will make them strong candidates for law school. Our Criminal Justice graduates have been successful law school applicants for years, and we are happy to now have a specific track that will better prepare them for success in their field.

All HCP majors require at least 37 credit hours in the discipline.

All HCP minors require at least 24 hours in the discipline.


Internships are required. The department’s internships, which are open to all its majors, constitute one of its special features. With the state capital, several county seats, and many small towns within an hour drive of the campus, interns continue their studies at Campbell while working for one of a wide variety of public officials or governmental bodies including city managers, county commissioners, district attorneys, state senators, and more. Many students complete summer internship in places as a law office near their hometown, a state museum or historic site, or in the Washington office of a member of Congress. For those wishing to spend a semester outside North Carolina, Campbell’s Washington-based American Studies Program offers four months in our nation’s capital. During that period interns take four seminar courses stressing various aspects of domestic and foreign policy and gain first-hand experience of Government by working as an aide to a member of Congress, doing research in a think tank (e.g., Institute for International and Strategic Studies, Heritage Foundation), or serving in one of the agencies of the federal government.


Major Courses and Requirements

Minor Courses and Requirements