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Criminal Justice

Do you want to directly impact the safety and welfare of your community through law enforcement, corrections or the judicial system?

You can do that with a Criminal Justice degree. Whether as a defender of rights, an enforcer of laws or as a criminologist examining the causes and prevention of crime, a degree in Criminal Justice gives you the tools you need to help create the equitable world you want to see. The Criminal Justice program from Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences’ Department of Social Sciences prepares students for a variety of rewarding career pathways. 

Augusta University is one of Georgia’s four public research institutions, and our Criminal Justice degree offers you an experience like no other.

Criminal Justice is for you if you consider yourself

Analytical and Strategic
Innovative and Cutting-edge



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What You'll Study


In the Criminal Justice program, you will learn core criminal justice concepts and theories, understand criminal behavior and various structures within the criminal justice system, develop an understanding of the administration of justice and the history and philosophy of law enforcement, and more.

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Experience-based Education

Outside the Classroom

Criminal Justice students conduct research using the same data sources used by criminologists, learning real-world skills while advancing our understanding of criminal behavior.

Existing relationships with local law enforcement agencies provide valuable opportunities to connect with future colleagues.

Faculty dedication to supporting strong student organizations and encouraging student research ensures Criminal Justice students will graduate with a deep understanding of the environment they’ll encounter upon entering the workforce.


Research & Innovation

Whether you’re an undergraduate or graduate student, you’ll have opportunities to create your own research projects or work with faculty to tackle some of the world’s most complex and pressing challenges.


Research Center

Pamplin College’s Center for Social Science Research involves students as active partners in research projects that assist local public and nonprofit agencies improve their effectiveness.


Student Publications

Student publications are an excellent way to find your voice and strengthen your portfolio, and Pamplin College has a wide range to get involved with.


Clubs & Organizations

Student clubs and organizations help you “plug in” to campus life in a way that can lead to meaningful connections, new interests and resume-enhancing experiences.

Your Future

Career Options

A Criminal Justice degree opens the door for several types of careers, from law enforcement and corrections to crime scene investigation to working with juvenile offenders as a youth correctional counselor. The accelerated Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice to Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies or Public Administration opens the door to careers in strategic security policy and intelligence analysis as well as the public and nonprofit sectors.

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Learning Like No Other

Why Augusta?

Augusta University’s multidisciplinary Criminal Justice program draws from Sociology, Political Science, English and Psychology to prepare students to work in all aspects of the criminal justice system.

Opportunities to conduct meaningful research with recognized experts.

Graduate with a variety of in-demand job prospects or continue to advanced degrees in Public Administration or Intelligence and Security Studies.

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Augusta University invests $6 million to boost faculty and staff amid enrollment surge

This significant investment was primarily aimed at bolstering areas where the university expects to see the most growth in core classes that first- and second-year students need to progress toward their degree, but the funding will also support all areas of enrollment growth through increasing student support in areas.

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Augusta University and U.S. Cyber Center of Excellence come together for an Informational Warfare conference

Professors from Augusta University's Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies program and the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence recently came together for a one-day conference.

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Augusta University alumnus working to increase higher ed of minorities by improving school mental health support

Augusta University alumnus Tevin Middleton received a $124,000 grant to continue his research aiming to increase the educational attainment of minority youth by bolstering school mental health support.

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Augusta University graduate Carlos Rodriguez is a communication major who will be interning with ESPN starting in January.

Creativity, Discovery, Engagement

The Katherine Reese Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences forms the heart of the liberal arts mission of Augusta University. We foster critical thinking about complex questions of the human experience; cultivate skills in written, verbal, and creative expression; promote active citizenship and community engagement; and prepare graduates for diverse careers in quickly changing globalized environments.