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Criminal Justice

What Is Criminal Justice?

Criminal justice is the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control, deterring and mitigating crime, sanctioning those who violate laws and delivering penalties and/or rehabilitation efforts.

Why Study Criminal Justice?

Criminal justice courses offer a balanced introduction to the three facets of the criminal justice system: Policing, Courts and Corrections. Students gain insight into criminal courts, security, police and corrections operations. They identify the legal, social and technological challenges in the criminal justice field. The study of criminal justice often serves as an introduction for students planning to attend law school.

A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

A degree in criminal justice can lead to employment in the following fields:

  • Court reporter
  • Corrections officer
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Cyber crime
  • Detective
  • Juvenile justice
  • Law enforcement
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The Criminal Justice pathway leads to an Associate in Science Degree

9030 Criminal Justice Pathway

Associate of Science, Pathway – Criminal Justice

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42)


Area E: 

Recommended Course: CRJU 2200 Social Science and the American Crime Problem (3)*

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 hours)

  1. Required Courses (12):
  1. Electives (6):
  • Select two 3.0 hour courses chosen from the 1000-2000 level offerings
CRJU 2200 is a recommended elective in Area F if not taken in Area E. Special Note: All students pursuing an Associate of Science, Pathway – Criminal Justice must comply with each state’s criminal background check requirements in order to work in the field. Students unwilling or unable to take and pass a criminal background check should not pursue this program. * Fall 2016, CRJU 2200 replaced CRJU 2410.


Dean of Social Sciences Dr. Susan Cody-Rydzewski Email: scody@gsu.edu Telephone: 770-274-5023 Department Chair Dr. John Redmond Email: jredmond@gsu.edu Telephone: 770-274-5402

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