Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
The mission of the Albany State University's Criminal Justice degree programs is to prepare students to become leaders, outstanding practitioners, scholars, and advocates for social justice in a diverse and global society. Our academic programs aim to produce top-quality students who seek entry-level and in-service professional criminal justice careers in federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies. The programs are structured to provide an understanding of the theoretical and philosophical foundations of the criminal justice system and to prepare students who seek a career in the area of Criminal Justice. The programs emphasize academic quality and integrity, career advancement, technological innovation, the work-based paradigm, hands-on exposure to cutting-edge issues in criminal justice, commitment to students and citizens in its area, and dedication to program improvement.
The programs strive to educate students for a positive impact on the environment. To further the mission, the programs forge strategic links between professional Criminal Justice Agencies, academic research, education of students, and promotion of justice. This provides for the enhancement of criminal justice agencies, Criminal Justice Research, and student education. Flowing from the enhancement is the strengthening of community and the overall quality of life within the University service area. Service to the community, the development of students, and the advancement of criminal justice are also the goals of the department. The Department’s missions and goals completion will be advanced by its continuing commitment to quality education, service to Criminal Justice and professionals and the community, and the continued development of the Department through research and modernization.