Criminal Justice - A.B.

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About the Degree: 

The Criminal Justice Studies Program at the University of Georgia is an inter-disciplinary undergraduate degree program jointly administered by the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public and International Affairs. The program provides students with a strong liberal arts education, with majors completing coursework in theory and research methods alongside specialized courses in criminal justice topics. Students also participate in a semester-long internship in a criminal justice agency. This internship is an academic practicum course in which students complete a research project of their own design and also complete a series of analytic essays in which they integrate their previous classroom learning with their experiences in the internship. As a result of this broad-based education, CJ Studies majors at UGA are prepared for a variety of careers in criminal justice and related fields.


What you will learn: 

The Criminal Justice Studies Program offers an interdiscipinary academic (as opposed to practitioner) program of study. Courses that count for the major were identified and endorsed by the Criminal Justice Studies Executive Committee. While the majority of the courses come from Sociology and Poltical Science other disciplines such as Psychology and Communications Studies are also represented.


Beyond the Classroom


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Possible Employers

  • Amica
  • Insurance Company
  • Athens Clarke County
  • Belk Inc.
  • BellSouth
  • Boeing Company
  • Cherokee Country Club
  • Clarke County Solicitor General
  • Cobb Co. Community Center
  • DeKalb County Schools
  • Domestic Violence Shelter
  • GA Bureau of Investigation
  • GA Dept. of Corrections
  • GA State Probation Office
  • Garcia, Rose, & Wiltshire, LLC
  • Georgia Department of Public Safety
  • Gwinnett County Schools
  • Gymnastics Training Center
  • Inst. for Family Centered Services
  • Neal & Robinson, LLC
  • Nordstrom's Stores
  • Office of Child Support Services
  • RBM of Atlanta
  • Republic Western Insurance Co.
  • State of Georgia
  • Stearns-Montgomery and Proctor
  • The ATF
  • The City of Perry
  • The University of Georgia
  • U.S. Capitol Police
  • United States Air Force
  • Weil, Gotchal, & Manges
  • Wells Fargo Financial Corp
Possible Job Titles: 

There are a variety of career opportunities for students who study Criminal Justice. These include, but are not limited to, law enforcement at the local, state or federal level; state or federal probation or parole; corporate security; juvenile justice and services; criminal prosecution or defense; and, institutional corrections. Please note that some of these careers may require advanced degrees (e.g., J.D.) in addition to the A.B.; others may require formal and specialized training outside the scope of an undergraduate academic degree program.

  • Accounts Representative
  • Adjuster
  • Assistant Facility Manager
  • Benefits Specialist
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Case Worker
  • Contract
  • Administration Rep
  • Court Clerk
  • Credit Manager
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Detective
  • Enforcement Agent
  • Family Services Coordinator
  • Ground Maintenance
  • Juvenile Probation Specialist
  • Legal Advocate
  • Legal Associate
  • Loss Prevention Consultant
  • Managemen
  • t Trainee
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Medical Examiner
  • Paralegal
  • Police Officer
  • Probat
  • ion Officer
  • Real Estate Paralegal
  • Social Worker
  • Systems Consultant
  • Victim's Advocate
  • Weight Inspection Officer
  • Possible Job Titles