Criminal Justice (Traditional or Online)

Study the laws, procedures, and systems that protect the innocent and punish the guilty and develop an understanding of government, courts, police, and correctional institutions.

Fort Valley State University

Criminal Justice protects the innocent and punish the guilty

Criminal Justice is the study of the laws, procedures, and legal systems.  It is the understanding of the operations of government, courts, police, and correctional institutions.

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Criminal justice students at FVSU take courses including sociology, psychology, ethics, statistics, the Constitution, criminal law, criminal behavior, criminal procedure, juvenile justice, forensic science, criminal investigation, and research, among others. They intern at a range of locations, including the state capitol, public defender’s offices, government agencies, prisons, probation officers, police departments, law offices, courts, businesses, and schools.

Related minors include: criminal justice, geography, history, and political science.


Careers in Criminal Justice

Graduates with criminal justice majors have a lengthy list of career options are employment in areas such as law enforcement, the court system, and corrections. Law enforcement careers may be sought at organizations such as municipal police departments, sheriff’s offices, state agencies like the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and federal agencies like the U.S. Marshal’s Service, the U.S. Secret Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Careers in the court system that may be sought are that of judge, defense attorney, prosecutor, law clerk, paralegal, clerk of courts, and stenographer, just to name a few. Moreover, all of these positions are available on both the state and federal levels.

Careers in the arena of corrections include, but are not limited to, prison warden; corrections officer; probation officer; and parole officer and, likewise, these positions are also available on both the state and federal levels.

The FVSU Bachelor of Arts major is administered through the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. For major and minor requirements, please visit the department’s Degree Maps page.


Learn by doing by participating in student clubs including those related to your field:

  • The Phi Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History
  • The Georgia Omicron Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Science
  • The FVSU History Students Association
  • Political Science Student Association
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Historical Society

Meet the Faculty

The Behavioral and Social Sciences Department faculty at Fort Valley State University understand what it takes to succeed.


Program Contact

Ronald Craig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice