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Criminal Justice

The study of the legal system, crime and underlying causes of criminal behavior.

What Can You Do with a Criminal Justice Degree?

Criminal justice is an applied field dedicated to the study of crime, criminal behavior and the legal system. The criminal justice degree program is designed to explore types of crime, investigation of crimes, prosecution and defense of crimes, courtroom rules and procedures and many other areas involving the American justice system.


Coursework in our programs includes the following:

  • Theories of Crime
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • The Law of Evidence
  • Police and Criminal Investigation
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Corrections
  • Serial Killers

Degree Options

There are two Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees available with this major.

More about this Major


Criminal justice professions employ approximately three (3) million people.

  • Careers with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies (such as Air Marshal, Border Patrol, Secret Service, FBI, DEA), and other opportunities such as conservation officer, court clerk, legal assistant, crime analyst, adult and juvenile probation/parole, narcotics officer, arson/fraud investigator.
  • Students acquire the necessary foundation for graduate or law school.

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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.