Criminal Justice

Our Criminal Justice program prepares students to directly enter a career in law enforcement or other criminal justice professions upon graduation.

Graduates will be able to pursue criminal justice careers or a graduate or professional degree. Bureau of Labor Statistics Data (attached) indicate median pay of almost $63,000 for police and detectives and an average or better job outlook.

Montreat College’s Criminal Justice program is designed to provide for the common good by providing competent, caring professionals for the nation’s law enforcement agencies.

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Students may choose from a number of criminal justice electives including law enforcement and pre-law focused courses.

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The curriculum exposes students to a broad range of criminal justice topics through classroom instruction and experiential internship opportunities.

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A minor in criminal justice is also available.

Sample Courses

CJ 230 Corrections, Probation and Parole

An overview of the theory, history and current practices of corrections. This course examines types of correctional institutions, alternatives to incarceration, legal rights of inmates, reintegration into the community following release, parole/probation and major issues confronting correctional institutions.

CJ 360 Constitutional Law

The U.S. Constitution is the basis for our political system and is a fundamental cornerstone of the American criminal justice system.  This course will provide a basic overview of our political system including the Constitution and how it is interpreted.  In addition, this course will explore some of the key Supreme Court decisions that have interpreted and informed our current constitutional law.

CJ 380 Terrorism and National Security

A study of the impact that terrorism on individuals, society and government in our country.  Included are discussions of the impact of domestic and international terrorism on law enforcement, especially first responders, changes in Americans perspective on constitutional rights, and government responses to terrorism.

Career Opportunities

  • Correctional Officer
  • Mediator
  • Hearing Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Police Officer or Detective
  • Private Detective or Investigator
  • Probation Officer
  • Wildlife Law Enforcement
Faculty
Portrait of Robert Roth

Robert Roth
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
robert.roth@montreat.edu

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