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Criminal Justice Major

Criminal justice is a multidisciplinary approach to the scientific study of the causes, consequences, and prevention of crime.  Clemson’s program provides students with the opportunity to study a variety of timely and captivating topics such as organized crime, computer crime, criminal evidence, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, criminology, and justice administration.  It combines this traditional criminal justice curriculum with additional courses in topics such as race and ethnicity, sex and gender, social class and poverty, globalization, and social policy in order to address the increasingly complicated ethical and social issues facing criminal justice organizations today.      

As a major, criminal justice provides the advantage of equipping students with the specific skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level positions in policing, corrections, law, public service, and human services, as well as helping to develop more general critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied in any profession.  Our program also prepares students for graduate study in fields such as law, criminal justice, and public administration.  Specifically, our alumni have been very successful in obtaining jobs in federal, state, and local law enforcement, including positions with the FBI, U.S. Marshals, SLED, and numerous police departments across the nation, as well as positions in education and public service and acceptance into some of the top law schools in the region.

Criminal Justice Major

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.  Our core curriculum provides students with introductory classes in sociology and criminal justice, as well as coursework in policing, corrections, and criminal evidence.  The BS curriculum requires a two-semester sequence in research methods and additional math and science courses, which may be useful for students interested in pursuing the more technical fields of criminal justice.  Students pursing the BA complete a four-semester sequence in a modern language, as well as additional humanities courses, in preparation for careers that put them in frequent contact with the public.  Our students also select a concentration in General Criminal Justice or Justice Leadership.  General Criminal Justice students take courses designed to increase their awareness of the different causes and types of crime, while the curriculum for Justice Leadership students is designed to increase their understanding of the structure of the criminal justice system and strategies for providing leadership within it.  Regardless of the specific degree path chosen, a criminal justice major provides excellent preparation for a career or graduate study in law, law enforcement, and a variety of additional fields.  

Cluster Social Science Minor

Although Clemson does not currently offer a criminal justice minor, most courses in the criminal justice curriculum may be applied to the cluster social science minor, which requires fifteen credit hours of 3000- and 4000-level coursework in any combination of the following fields: anthropology, criminal justice, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.  Students pursuing the cluster social science minor may take all fifteen hours of their coursework in criminal justice or combine criminal justice courses with classes in the other disciplines above, as long as the courses selected are not within the student’s own major.  The cluster social science minor is an excellent option for students who are interested in learning more about human behavior in a context that allows for a great deal of flexibility in selecting coursework to match personal and professional goals and interests.

For further information regarding the criminal justice major, please contact Dr. Marjie Britz or visit Clemson’s criminal justice majors page.  

Marjie Britz
Professor of Criminal Justice
Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
(864) 656-6122