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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

The Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology offers criminal justice programs leading to three outcomes:

  • A one-year professional certificate.
  • An Associate of Applied Science degree in criminal justice.
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice.

The bachelor's degree enables students to demonstrate a general knowledge of law enforcement, research, corrections, and criminology. Students must take a minimum of 39 credit hours in criminal justice courses in residence at CSU.

Up to 12 hours of credit from professional training academies may be applied toward an associate or bachelor's degree.

The Criminal Justice program also offers advanced professional training and graduate degrees through the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College and the Columbus State Graduate School respectively.

Graduates of CSU's criminal justice programs find secure jobs with local, state and federal government agencies such as city and state police and sheriffs' departments, probation and parole departments, FBI, Georgia Bureaus of Investigation, drug enforcement agencies, the Secret Service, correctional institutions, juvenile justice agencies and in private, industrial security.

For more information, contact the Criminal Justice Department at 706-507-8700.


  • City and state police
  • Sheriffs' departments
  • Probation departments
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • Drug enforcement agencies
  • Secret Service
  • Correctional institutions
  • Juvenile justice agencies
  • Private, industrial security
  • FBI