College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Criminal Justice

The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice is to educate students about criminology and the criminal justice system in preparation for advanced study and careers in government and the private sector. The program has accomplished and talented instructors in law enforcement, criminal justice, cybersecurity technology, and forensic science-crime scene investigation.

The department also provides extra-curricular outlets to its students, such as the E.A. Ralston Criminal Justice Society, Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society, Mock Trial Team, and Aggie Sleuths, where students simulate real-life activities as crime scene investigators, attorneys, and computer forensic investigators. Our students engage in internships and participate in research and other scholarly activities.

Contact or visit us to learn more about what the Department of Criminal Justice can make possible for you.

Dr. Carla D. Coates
Department Chair / Associate Professor

NEW: M.S., Ph.D. in Criminal Justice

At its Nov. 16, 2023, meeting, the University of North Carolina System Board of Governors approved the launch of two new graduate programs at North Carolina A&T: the M.S. and Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. Both programs underwent lengthy, rigorous review at our university and by the UNC System prior to their approval. 

Prospective students interested in either program should bookmark this page and check back often, as applications will begin being accepted in early 2024 for Fall 2024 enrollment. Learn more about these significant new programs by clicking here