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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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A Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice provides a broad overview of the legal system, from law enforcement to the corrections process, to prepare you for an array of specialized careers involving the discipline.

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(GOAL-Criminal Justice Grant offered to January 8, 2020 new applicants)

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration provides students a unique opportunity to study cybercrime, homeland security, terrorism, and intelligence, while incorporating science and technology in investigative strategies. Benefits of Gardner-Webb’s program include the following:

  • Mentorship from professors with extensive professional experience;
  • Study of 21st century criminal justice issues;
  • Field experience, internships, and study-abroad opportunities;
  • Skills development in critical thinking, ethical decision making, and multicultural communication.

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Tom Anderson, '04

Tom Anderson ’04 of Statesville, N.C., believes that personal success doesn’t happen by accident. An alumnus and adjunct professor for Gardner-Webb University, Anderson tells students that academic and career success is a combination of intentional steps, goal setting, and a high level of commitment.

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Graham Atkinson, '98

Graham Atkinson '98 of Surry County, N.C., earned his degree at night through the Degree Completion Program. Completing his degree helped advance his career all the way to sheriff, where he served for 11 years.

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Travis Brittain, '08

Despite the dangers, Travis Brittain (’08) of Gastonia, N.C., decided from a young age to serve the community through law enforcement. He became a police officer in 1994 and after working a few years, chose to earn his bachelor’s in criminal justice at Gardner-Webb through the Degree Completion Program.

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Craig Garris, '00

Every spring, the population of the town of Wilkesboro, N.C., grows by around 75,000 for Merlefest, a musical tribute to the late folk and bluegrass guitarist Merle Watson. Ensuring the safety of visitors and residents during the four-day event requires a team effort of hundreds of people. Chief of Police Craig Garris, a 2000 graduate of Gardner-Webb University, coordinates his department’s role in the effort.

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Lori Miller, '19

Lt. Lori Miller, of Taylorsville, N.C., has served the Hickory Police Department for nearly 13 years. She’s the second female in the history of the department to achieve the rank of lieutenant. Obtaining her Bachelor of Science Degree in criminal justice and human services moves her toward her goal of becoming a captain.

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Brian Regan, '08

Brian Regan, a 2008 alumnus of Gardner-Webb University, has served nearly three decades with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP). In 2017, he was appointed as Major/Director of Professional Standards.

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Terry Sult, '00

Since earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Gardner-Webb University in 2000, Terry Sult, police chief of Hampton, Va., has served in four towns, each with different needs. His GWU studies helped him developed the skills needed to adapt to new situations, analyze problems and propose solutions.

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For additional information, please contact:

Homer Craig, MSCJ
Department of Public Service
Professor of Criminal Justice
GOAL-DCP Criminal Justice Internship Coordinator and Program Enrollment Liaison
Office: 704-406-2049
Cell: 336-692-6183

In addition to the University’s required general education and prerequisites, the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice through the Degree Completion Program requires 30 hours in the major, 15 of which must be completed with the University.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

Follow these steps to apply for this program:

  1. Submit a completed GOAL-Degree Completion Program Application

  2. Send Official Transcripts of previously attended institutions to:

    Gardner Webb-University
    Digital Learning
    P.O. Box 1896
    Boiling Springs, NC 28017
    Or electronic official copies to: dcp@gardner-webb.edu

  3. Submission of official transcripts from any institution attended during the interim if applying for readmission as a former student.

Applicants must have earned at least 24 hours of college credit; those with 48 or more transferable hours may be admitted without additional review. Applicants with fewer than 48 transferable hours will work with their assigned Success Coach in collaboration with the academic program leadership of the applicant’s chosen major program of study to produce a written curriculum plan establishing a clear path to graduation.

Gardner-Webb partners with community colleges in North Carolina for our Pathways program, which offers the opportunity for community college students to transfer credits from their Associates in Applied Science degree toward a corresponding Bachelor’s degree offered by GOAL-The Degree Completion Program.

Additionally, Gardner-Webb University is a participating institution in the North Carolina Community College Articulation Agreement for an Associates of Arts and Associates of Science degree, offering greater transfer opportunities for continuing your education. Visit our transfer equivalency database to find out more about which courses will transfer to GWU.

The University also participates in the North Carolina RN to BSN Uniform Articulation Agreement, allowing registered nurses who hold an Associate in Nursing degree from a NC Community College to complete a BSN in as little as one year following the NCCC RN-BSN 5 block degree program.

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The Criminal Justice curriculum is designed to cover a wide range of topics, including the philosophy of law enforcement, the social implications of corrections, and appropriately dealing with law violations through the legal justice system. In addition to broad themes, courses within the major focus on subjects such as human behavior, civil liberties, leadership, minority groups, and drug and alcohol education.

 

Along with Criminal Justice techniques, the program focuses on developing your analysis skills, as well as your oral and written communication skills.

A degree in Criminal Justice prepares you to work in careers that include:

  1. law enforcement and security  
  2. legal assistance and research
  3. juvenile justice and counseling
  4. Internet security
  5. loss and prevention

In addition to the University’s required general education and prerequisites, the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice through the Degree Completion Program requires 30 hours in the major, 15 of which must be completed with the University.

 

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

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