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Overview

You like watching CSI shows and you can see yourself as a crime scene investigator. You like the idea of being a criminal profiler. You're attracted to the challenges and excitement of law enforcement and would be honored to wear the uniform. You want to work on behalf of children or adults who have been abused. You would like being a special agent with the FBI or the Secret Service. You like protecting and helping other people.

If this describes you, then the criminal justice and legal studies degree at North Greenville University may be the best option for you. Here, NGU's Political Science and Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department faculty members are prepared and willing to help you begin a successful career in criminal justice and legal studies.

 

Major Description 

 

As a criminal justice and legal studies major at NGU, you will spend much of your time working with law enforcement agencies, observing law enforcement training facilities, taking field trips to observe legislatures and courts, visiting forensic laboratories, and engaging in virtual law enforcement techniques from tactical defense to mediation.

You will learn about best practices of policing, ethical issues facing law enforcement personnel, techniques of crime scene investigation, theories of criminal behavior, forensics and criminal profiling, and legal issues and processes in criminal justice, as well as how to apply this knowledge in your own professional work.

During your senior year, you will complete a research project that demonstrates your understanding of the field of criminal justice and your knowledge of an area related to your career aspirations.

Ultimately, the criminal justice and legal studies degree will provide a strong education based on a biblical worldview that will prepare you for a variety of related pursuits.

 

Curriculum

 

The curriculum within the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at NGU provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the many career paths available in political science and in criminal justice and legal studies.

In political science, students take courses that provide a solid foundation in American and global politics, and the department also offers courses in public policy, political philosophy, and constitutional law. Criminal justice also offers courses drawn from across the discipline, including courses such as Law Enforcement Operations, as well as Forensic Analysis and Criminal Profiling.

The curriculum in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and Legal Studies reflects NGU's commitment to combining faith and learning.



 

Faculty Strengths

 

The faculty members in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and Legal Studies are highly trained their field and can draw upon experience in their area of expertise.  You will find that faculty in this department are committed to guiding students through their coursework and advising them on career options within their major.

Tracks / Concentrations

 

There are no tracks or concentrations for this major available at this time. 

Electives

 

There are no electives for this major available at this time.

Success

Future

Career Opportunities

 

  • Air marshal
  • Attorney
  • Ballistics specialist
  • Corrections officer
  • Crime scene specialist
  • Cybercrime analyst
  • Detective/Investigator
  • Forensic technician
  • Highway patrolman
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Paralegal
  • Probation officer
  • School resource officer
  • Special agent - FBI, DEA, Secret Service

Postgraduate Studies

 

There are no postgraduate studies for this major available at this time.

Employers

 

  • FBI
  • Greenville County Department of Public Safety
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Legal Eagle Inc.
  • South Carolina Department of Mental Health

Learning Experience



Internships

Internships are available in both political science and criminal justice. Examples include working in government agencies or political offices, as well as internships with national, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Work Study

Work-study opportunities allow students to assist professors on research projects or help in managing the Criminal Justice Club or the criminal justice newsletter.

Field Trips

Field trips also allow students to gain valuable experience. Examples include trips to law enforcement training facilities, forensic laboratories, courtrooms, and the state legislature.
 

Courses

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

First Year Experience (1 hour)
Composition and Rhetoric (3 hours)
Old Testament Survey (3 hours)
Principles of Biology (4 hours)
Art elective (3 hours)
Contemporary Mathematics (3 hours)
Composition and Literature (3 hours)
New Testament Survey (3 hours)
Oral Communication (3 hours)
Earth Science (4 hours)
Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 
 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Foreign language course (3 hours)
Introduction to Political Science (3 hours)
Theories in Criminology (3 hours)
Physical Education (2 hours)
Introduction to Information Technology (3 hours)
Western Civilization (3 hours)
Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 hours)
Criminal Law (3 hours)
American or British literature course (3 hours)
Foreign language course (3 hours)
American National Government (3 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Law Enforcement Operations (3 hours)
Principles of Investigations (3 hours)
Research Design and Analysis (3 hours)
Foreign language course (3 hours)
Open electives (6 hours)
Corrections (3 hours)
Judicial Process (3 hours)
Foreign Language (3 hours)
General Psychology (3 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

SAMPLE COURSE SEQUENCE

Terrorism (3 hours)
State and Local Government (3 hours)
Social Psychology (3 hours)
Open electives (12 hours)
Forensic Analysis and Criminal Profiling (3 hours)
Legal Issues (3 hours)
Senior Seminar (3 hours)

 *In addition to the courses listed for this major, every student at NGU will take chapel and cultural events each semester of full-time enrollment for up to eight semesters.
 

Program Objectives

 

  • Analyze the role of the criminal justice system in contemporary society.
  • Understand the ethical standards of the criminal justice profession and how these standards are informed by Christian values.
  • Analyze and evaluate the role of punishment in the criminal justice system.
  • Understand the basics of criminal law and the judicial process.
  • Develop skills such as critical thinking and empirical analysis that are essential for professional development.

 

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