Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Since 1998, Barton’s Criminology and Criminal Justice Sciences (CCJS) program has been educating students to be critical thinkers with strong communication skills. Our CCJS program exposes students to all aspects of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, the courts, corrections, juvenile justice and criminal and constitutional law. We emphasize instructional methods that integrate policy and professional practice with theory and research, by combining rigorous scientific study with practical applications.
Criminology has evolved into one of the most interesting and fastest-growing disciplines in higher education. As criminologists we are dedicated to the scientific study of crime while seeking application of both scholarly and professional knowledge in the prevention and control of crime and juvenile delinquency. The CCJS program at Barton College extends the scientific study of crime to include lawmaking and the practice of criminal law, as well as the study of law enforcement, judicial and correctional policies and programs. Students learn about operating practices and behaviors of the major actors in the criminal and juvenile justice system, including police, prosecutors, judges, juvenile court counselors, defense attorneys, probation and correctional officers and related treatment professionals.
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The CCJS major first takes the introductory course in Criminology and Criminal Justice Sciences, building upon the strength of Barton College’s many academic and professional programs. Our distinguished faculty teach a variety of Criminology and Criminal Justice courses, in subjects such as:
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Barton’s Criminology and Criminal Justice Sciences Program produces strong “generalists” who
Some pursue a second major or a minor in Psychology, Biology, Political Science – Pre-Law, and Business, or other disciplines.
During their senior year, CCJS majors complete a minimum of 10 semester hours of field instruction with agencies and organizations that may lead to that important first position of their professional career.
Barton’s CCJS majors receive intensive exposure through 420 contact hours of “hands-on” experience in real-world criminal justice settings, such as
Nearly 30 percent of Barton students majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice Sciences are members of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Many CCJS majors go on to complete graduate studies at top-ranked schools such as the University of Maryland or to law school. Barton’s CCJS program has a nearly 100-percent internship completion rate with over 50 criminal justice agencies and related organizations. CCJS majors are actively involved on campus and in the community, building friendships that will last a lifetime.
Students intent on a law enforcement career and choosing the law enforcement academy option complete a rigorous, 16-week Basic Law Enforcement Training program at an accredited law enforcement academy. Successful graduates become certified, sworn police officers or sheriff’s deputies in North Carolina and often begin employment with a law enforcement agency and a four-year Bachelor of Science Degree from Barton College.
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