Criminal Justice

Program Coordinator: Willie Brooks, M.S.

Faculty:  Dr. Lakesha R. Cole



The Criminal Justice Program is designed to graduate students with an understanding of the criminal justice structure and process, including personnel and historical foundation. The program seeks to educate pre-service as well as in-service students with the appropriate knowledge and skills for employment and advanced study. The mission of the criminal justice program at Savannah State University is in concert with the University and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences which states that the mission of an "undergraduate program in criminal justice is to educate students to be critical thinkers who can communicate their thoughts effectively. Programs should familiarize students with facts and concepts and teach students to apply this knowledge to related problems and changing situations." Criminal justice at Savannah State University is the interdisciplinary study of the typology of crime and criminal behavior, crime prevention, crime causation, and crime control in society. Graduates are expected to have the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude for becoming a "change agent" in the criminal justice system.

Program Description

The Criminal Justice Program provides an understanding of how the criminal justice system functions, theory versus practice, and to introduce students to the basic knowledge that scholarship has produced concerning crime and the administration of justice. Our purpose is to prepare students with analytical, critical thinking, writing skills and technology skills in order to function in graduate and professional schools, and professional careers. Graduates usually assume professional careers within the criminal justice system or matriculate to the study of law or other graduate degrees.

Criminal Justice Coursework

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science


Core Curriculum <(Areas A, B, C, D, E, and additional requirements)
47 hrs
Area F *
Courses Appropriate to the Program of Study
18 hrs

CRJU 1101
CRJU 2102
SOCI 1101

SOCI 2101

Intro to Criminal Justice
Police and Society
Introduction to Sociology
Social Statistics
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
Foreign Language (Two courses at any level)
6 hrs
Major Requirements *
21 hrs

CRJU 3111
CRJU 3121

CRJU 3131
CRJU 3510
CRJU 4301
CRJU 4311
CRJU 4901

American Court Systems
American Corrections

Research Methocs in Criminal Justice
Theories of Criminal Behavior
Jurisprudence of Criminal Law
Juvenile Justice
Senior Seminar

3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs

3 hrs

Major Electives *
(Any combination of 3000 and 4000 level courses)
18 hrs
CRJU 3301
CRJU 3321
CRJU 3361
CRJU 3432
CRJU 3502
CRJU 3521
CRJU 3901
CRJU 4101
CRJU 4111
CRJU 4331
CRJU 4411
CRJU 4420
CRJU 4521
CRJU 4601
SOCI 4135
Constitutional Law
Race, Gender, Class, and Crime
Human Behavior
Community Policing
Violence, Crime, and Justice
Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime
Criminal Investigations
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
Criminal Investigations
Crime Analysis
Criminal Justice Management
Selected Topics in Criminal Justice
Sociology of Law
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
6 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
General Electives 6 hrs
Minor Field or Upper Division Classes * 15 hrs
125 hrs
* A minimum grade of "C" is required for this course

* A minimum grade of "C" is required for all major courses



Additional Information and Related Organizations,2615,67862954,00.html,2228,5635600,00.html



Georgia Department of Corrections



Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


Department of Justice


National Institute of Justice