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CRIMINAL JUSTICE is a major that helps students identify and explain the patterns of criminal behavior and analyze society's ability to control crime and delinquency. Students majoring in Criminal Justice study crime, criminals, and the criminal justice system through an interdisciplinary approach that combines legal studies, sociology, political science, psychology, forensic science, public administration, urban studies, and philosophy. Criminal justice focuses on the definitions, causes, and prevention of crime, along with legal processes and the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders.

Career Opportunities for Criminal Justice majors:

  • Careers in law including paralegal and attorney (with appropriate graduate and/or specialized training).
  • Professions in the Correctional System including penal system management and probation services for adults and juveniles.
  • Policing and law enforcement careers including sworn police officer and private security personnel.
  • Private Security Design and Administration: Design unique security systems for public and private sites.

Recent graduates from the Criminal Justice program:

  • Chynna Laws Smith (2011) is currently working as a law clerk at DeMent Askew LLP in Raleigh, NC after finishing law school at the University of Tulsa and an externship for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tulsa, OK.
  • Martha Hernandez (2011) has just earned her J.D. from Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh, NC in May of 2014.
  • Tiffany Ross (2011) recently completed her M.S. in Criminal Justice at East Carolina University.


Criminal Justice Faculty Contacts:


Richard Allsbrook, M.S.

Visiting Instructor of Criminal Justice

East Carolina University

(252) 985-5251


Kathryn S. Carroll, J.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Pre-Law Advisor

Campbell University School of Law

(252) 985-5584


Carlton Lewis, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

North Central University

(252) 985-5166


Gail Sharpe Marsal, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Program Coordinator

Walden University

(252) 985-5362