Traditional Undergrad

Criminal Justice (BA)

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Elizabeth Kusko
Associate Professor of Political Science and Program Director for Criminal Justice, Political Science, and Pre-Law

Are you excited about making a difference in the world of criminal justice? At William Peace University, our Criminal Justice program offers a friendly, supportive environment where you can explore your passion for understanding crime and justice.

Is a Degree in Criminal Justice Right for You?

At William Peace University, earning your Criminal Justice degree is more than just studying law enforcement. In fact, WPU offers a distinct advantage – strong ties to the local, state, and even federal criminal justice community.

This is a strong major that focuses on individual Criminal Justice aspects (Criminal Investigations I and II) and specialized courses such as Human Trafficking. Students are encouraged to explore all scopes of interest. incorporating classes like Psychology and the Law and Social Psychology help students identify which career field they’d like to pursue.

Our campus, located just blocks away from key law enforcement and legal institutions in Raleigh, NC, offers you an incredible opportunity to connect with professionals and secure internships right in your neighborhood. It’s a great way to blend classroom learning with real-world experiences!

What can you do with a criminal justice degree?

The answer is: so much! From roles in law enforcement to specialized positions in federal agencies and advocacy, a Criminal Justice education opens many doors. Whether you’re aiming to be a crime analyst or a victim advocate, our program equips you with the skills and connections to thrive in various criminal justice degree jobs.

Explore Exciting Criminal Justice Careers

Our recent graduates have amazing stories to share. One of our students recently interned with a top federal intelligence agency, gaining invaluable experience. Another graduate, after interning with the NC SBI, now enjoys a fulfilling career with a high-profile federal agency. These success stories highlight how our program helps you launch a career in diverse criminal justice jobs.

Our graduates are making a difference in various roles, including:

  • Law Enforcement Officers (city, sheriff’s department, state, federal)
  • Probation or Parole Officers
  • Corrections Officers
  • Juvenile Justice Specialists
  • Victim Advocates
  • Court Administrators/Clerks
  • Private Security Specialists
  • Crime Analysts
  • Social Services and Advocacy Professionals

Our alumni have found rewarding careers in law enforcement, justice, and advocacy, making the most of their degree in Criminal Justice.

Explore a Minor in Criminal Justice

Even if your main focus is in another field, you can still dive into the world of justice with a criminal justice minor. This can be a great way to complement your major, whether you’re studying sociology, political science, psychology, or social work.
This program adds a beneficial layer to your education, giving you valuable insights into criminal justice principles that can enhance your overall understanding and open up new perspectives in your chosen career path.

Take the Next Step Towards Your Criminal Justice Career

Ready to make a difference and build a rewarding career in criminal justice? Join us at William Peace University, where our supportive community, hands-on internships, and comprehensive program will help you thrive. Apply now or schedule a visit to see how a criminal justice degree from WPU can shape your future!

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Possible Careers

A degree in criminal justice offers a lot of career options, including:

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Probation or Parole OfficeR
  • Corrections Officer
  • Juvenile Justice Specialist
  • Victim Advocate
  • Court Administrator/Clerk
  • Private Security
  • Crime Analyst
  • Social Services and Advocacy

Related Programs

Political Science (BA)

Pre-Law (BA)

Psychology (BA)