B.S. Criminal Justice
Averett's Criminal Justice program allows students to prepare themselves for entry or advancement in any of the many criminal justice occupations. The Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice is designed to give the student a broad-based professional preparation for his/her chosen career.
Students who have completed an Associate Degree in criminal justice from another regionally accredited college may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice in a 2+2 program. The 60 hours required for these degrees are designed to give the student a well-balanced educational experience and to provide professional development for his/her chosen career.
A degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice allows students to prepare for entry into any of hundreds of jobs available today. The curriculum provides an excellent background for becoming a police officer, crime scene investigator, probation and parole officer, special agent for the FBI and other agencies.
Students examine the area of criminal law, prisons, court processes and procedures, the Constitution, and police procedures. An internship in one of the criminal justice agencies or departments allows students to experience for themselves what professionals do in these occupations.
Students must attain at least a 2.00 grade point average in the major in order to graduate.
Requirements for a Major in Sociology/Criminal Justice (IDEAL Program)
Requirements for a Major in Sociology/Criminal Justice 2+2 Program (IDEAL)
The Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice may be selected by students who have completed an associate's degree from another regionally accredited college/university prior to enrolling at Averett. A student choosing this option must complete the following requirements either through transfer credit or courses taken at Averett. Students must have at least 123 total credit hours in order to graduate—33 of those hours must be completed at Averett).
A Sociology or Criminal Justice Research Project is required. This is a substantial research paper involving original research. CRJ440, CRJ445, or CRJ488 will meet these requirements.