Criminal Justice - A.B.

General Information

Degree & Major: Criminal Justice - A.B.
College Name: Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
School of Public and International Affairs
Ned Phares
Academic Advisor
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Degree Requirements

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

Description: In existence since 1977, Criminal Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary program jointly sponsored by the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and by the School of Public and International Affairs. Criminal Justice majors earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. The major takes an academic (as opposed to practitioner) approach by placing an emphasis on the substantive disciplines that help to inform the study and analysis of crime. As this is an interdisciplinary major, there is a limit on the total number of classes that may come from any one contributing department or discipline. Courses for the Criminal Justice Studies Program are offered by the cooperating departments of the two schools. These include, among others, Political Science (SPIA) and Sociology and Psychology (Franklin).

In addition to coordinating this interdisciplinary curriculum, the Criminal Justice Studies Program offers a variety of services and opportunities to its students. These include, among others, new major orientation meetings, career seminars, and alumni networking opportunities. Majors and other interested students are encouraged to participate in the Criminal Justice Society which sponsors such activities as speakers, field trips, and service projects. Majors are accorded recognition for academic excellence through the local chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

Many Criminal Justice Studies majors also participate in the University's Honors Program. These students may have the opportunity to integrate their Criminal Justice Studies internship with an Honor's Program capstone project.

Career Opportunities: 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.
of Transfer Students:
Expectations of transfer students:
Potential transfer students should concentrate on general education requirements and should plan to take most, if not all, major courses at UGA. No more than ten quarter hours or six semester hours of transfer credit will be applied toward requirements for the major. When applying to transfer to UGA, students should specify Intended-CJ/Arts and Sciences on their applications.
Admission to the CJ degree program is a process that is separate from admission to UGA. The CJ admissions process cannot be initiated until a student has enrolled at UGA.

Expectations of all students (including transfer students):
Criminal Justice Studies operates on a selective admissions system. All applicants must be enrolled at UGA, be in good academic standing, and have completed at least 30 hours. Furthermore, all applicants must have completed POLS 1101 or 1105H, PSYC 1101 or 1030H, SOCI 1101 or 1101H, and STAT 2000 or 2100H with no grade less than "C" and a 2.5 GPA across the four courses. STAT 2000 is treated as a three-credit course in calculating this average.

All majors are required to complete a full semester internship (see below). In order to place into the internship, one may be subject to a criminal records check, credit check, background investigation, or other inquiry into one's character and history.
Study Abroad: The Criminal Justice Studies Program sponsors a summer session study abroad program at The University of Liverpool (England). Participants are enrolled in two major courses taught by UGA faculty.
Internships: All Criminal Justice majors must complete a full semester internship that entails working full-time in a criminal justice or related agency while completing an original research paper and writing a set of analytical essays. This internship may be scheduled no earlier than the student's fifth marking period in the major, including the semester in which the student was admitted to the program and all summer sessions since, even if the student was not enrolled in summer. (A marking period is an academic year semester or the summer session.) For example, a student admitted to the major during the fall semester of his or her junior year would be able to participate in the internship in the spring semester of the senior year.

The Internship Coordinator assists students with this process. The student must consult with the Internship Coordinator at least two to three marking periods prior to the expected internship semester. Ultimately, the student is responsible for identifying and securing an internship placement in a timely manner. In doing so, the student is expected to adhere to the highest standards of professional courtesy with attention to detail.

In order to secure an internship placement, the student must meet the following requirements one full semester prior to the desired start of the internship. For example, a student's record would be assessed during the fall (but would not include fall coursework) if he or she seeks a placement for a spring semester internship. These requirements are:

(1) to be in good academic standing (UGA GPA >2.0)
(2) an academic record with a 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.5 major GPA with no grade lower than a "C" in a major course
(3) to have completed at least four major courses, two of which should be POLS 3600 and SOCI 3810

Once a student has secured a placement, actual registration and enrollment for the internship courses (5500, 5510, 5520) will require the student to continue to meet the first two requirements listed above. In addition, the student must have satisfactorily completed all other major courses before the start of the internship. When evaluating academic requirements for enrollment, courses from the term immediately prior to the internship semester are included. For example, academic eligibility for enrolling in spring internship courses will include the student's academic record from the fall semester.