Programs of Study
- Criminal Justice
The Criminal Justice major is part of the Department of Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, and Psychology
Related Professional Track: Law
Career opportunities in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections—all part of the criminal justice arena—are abundant. In this growing field, professionals exercise their analytical skills and work to better the lives, ensure justice, and uphold the safety of all in the community—including victims, those who are accused or convicted of committing crimes, and the public at large.
The Criminal Justice major at Huntingdon combines practice with theory—active learning that allows students to apply the knowledge they are gaining. Study includes the causes of crime, an understanding of the interdependence of the branches of the criminal justice system, constitutional law and its application, moral and ethical perspectives of law and justice, criminal investigation, and forensics.
Montgomery, the state’s capital city, is home to myriad agencies and organizations founded in the interest of protecting and preserving justice. Internship placements, field experts, and career possibilities are numerous.
Huntingdon offers an environment where you can know and be known. Small classes allow professors to know you well so they can offer advice that helps you refine your career path and study objectives. As you graduate, you’ll be prepared to work or to enter a graduate or professional program in the field.
The Huntingdon Plan includes:
• Travel/study during your senior year with most costs included in regular tuition and fees;
• Books and information resources provided within regular costs;
• A laptop computer provided for your use all four years—yours to keep at graduation.
• Active learning experiences through hands-on laboratories, externships, internships, and other opportunities that enhance your understanding.
A broad liberal arts core curriculum prepares for a wide range of career possibilities.
In addition, you may choose to deepen your studies through participation in the Hobbs Honors Program.
Required courses in the Criminal Justice major total 42 hours in addition to core and elective requirements, and include:
• CJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice, 3 credits
• 201 Criminal Investigations, 3
• 202 Survey of Corrections, 3
• 203 Criminal Law, 3
• 208 Introduction to Criminology, 3
• 303 Constitutional Law, 3
• 304 Private Security, 3
• 305 Terrorism, 3
• 401 Criminalistics, 3
• 403 Interview and Interrogation, 3
• 404 Ethics and the Criminal Justice System, 3
• 405 Research Methods in Criminal Justice, 3
• Criminal Justice Electives, 6
- Patrick Schmucker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice at Work
Careers in criminal justice can be lived out through work in federal, state, or local agencies, police departments, private security, law, victim advocacy, administration, parole and probation, teaching in prisons or in educational institutions, counseling, criminal justice reform, and investigating, among a number of professional paths.