Criminal Justice - A.B.

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

College-wide Requirements

University-wide Requirements

 
Description: 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 or MATH 2200 or 2250 or 2250E with no grade less than "C" and a 2.5 GPA across the four courses. The statistics or math class will be treated as a three-credit course in calculating this average. These requirements may be satisfied by joint enrollment, AP, IB, or equivalent transfer classes.

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.
 
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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.
Expectations
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. Because of this substantial capstone requirement and the requisite coursework necessary to place into an internship, students should apply for admission to the major as soon as they are eligible, preferably no later than the fall semester of the third year. Although program staff will make every effort to accommodate those who fall into the late admissions category (i.e., after the fall semester of the third year), students who are "late admittees" may not be able to finish the degree requirements, including the internship semester, by the end of the fourth year in the program of study.

The Internship Coordinator assists each student with the internship placement. The student must consult with the Internship Coordinator at least two to three semesters 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 and attention to detail.

In order to secure an internship placement, the student must meet the following requirements:

1. be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better)
2. and have completed eight major classes with no grade less than "C." Grades of "C-" or less may not be used to satisfy major requirements.

After completing major requirements (with the exception of the internship), the student typically completes the internship during the final semester at an off-campus location. The internship semester is full time with a 15-hour course load.
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