Brand New Criminal Justice Major

By Erin Broomell | Copy Editor

A Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice has been added to the list of four-year degrees The College of Coastal Georgia offers. Specializing in Criminal Justice was previously available as a concentration within the Bachelor of Science in Public Management. Now, standing as its own major, it will offer new options and opportunities to students, as well as further the College’s partnership with local law enforcement agencies.

Dean of the School of Business and Public Management Dr. Skip Mounts spoke of the program’s significance. 

“This degree will offer concentrations in Homeland Security and Public Management,” Mounts said. “We are also developing a concentration in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense. This is a great foundation that will allow us to offer the best undergraduate criminal justice program in the state and potentially across the South.

“The degree also gives us the opportunity to enhance our already strong partnership with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.”

Dr. Mounts anticipates the number of students who will opt for the Criminal Justice major will top 70 by the end of the fourth year of implementation. 

Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tracy Pellett agreed. 

“A significant number of potential students and even our own current students have expressed a desire to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies welcome the opportunity to hire students with a Criminal Justice major and the type of applied and real-world experience they would receive at CCGA,” Pellet said. 

“We believe our Criminal Justice students will be tomorrow’s law enforcement professionals and thought-leaders, helping to shape public policy in municipalities and states domestically, as well as internationally, in the years ahead,”  Pellett added.

Criminal Justice is the third new major added this semester. Spanish and French majors became available at the beginning of the fall 2015 semester. 

Students who would like more information on majoring in criminal justice should contact Lecturer of Criminal Justice Business and Public Affairs Cynthia Atwood at catwood@ccga.edu or 279-5909