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ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE.

B.A. Degree in Administration of Justice

Administration of Justice (Criminal Justice) Degree - Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Prepare for a career within the justice system.

If you have your sights set on a career within the justice system, Catawba College’s Bachelor of Arts in the Administration of Justice degree may be the perfect academic major for you.  This multi- and inter-disciplinary program is offered at the institution which U.S. News ranks #4 among Best Regional Colleges in the South. The Administration of Justice major draws on the strengths and distinctive aspects of both the liberal arts and professional programs at Catawba and prepares students for careers in criminal justice, law enforcement, and court operations. 

In small classes taught by engaged and inspiring faculty, Administration of Justice majors gain an understanding of political institutions and issues confronting the justice system. Students also grow in their knowledge of the sociological and psychological theories and issues associated with the justice system, including the use of research methods and analysis, as well as an understanding of theories and approaches to management, organizational behavior, and ethical considerations needed for decision-making and leadership roles in the criminal justice system. Administration of Justice majors also develop an understanding of the theories and applications of forensic science as they acquire analytical and conceptual skills needed to understand and solve practical policy issues facing the administration of justice in society. 

To better ensure their competitiveness and success in the workplace, it is recommended that Administration of Justice majors gain conversational expertise in a foreign language, particularly Spanish. 


Administration of Justice Program Highlights 

Catawba College’s Administration of Justice major combines areas of study including politics, law enforcement, criminal justice, corrections, criminal investigations, sociology, psychology, management, ethics and chemistry.  Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration of Justice are required to complete an internship as part of their coursework, and they are encouraged to gain conversational fluency in a foreign language, with Spanish being recommended. 

Administration of Justice majors are provided a broad-based approach to the study of law enforcement and criminal justice while focusing on key skills that are critical in today’s workplace: excellent communications skills, honed through writing assignments, oral presentations, and visual presentations; critical thinking skills enhanced through reading assignments and class discussions; analytical problem-solving skills; and a deeper appreciation of the importance and values of governance and citizenship. 

Internships in Administration of Justice
Internships in Administration of Justice.

Administration of Justice majors at Catawba College can build up their resume and acquire professional skills by completing a required internship at regional law firms, in the Rowan County Courts System, at area police and sheriff’s departments, with social services departments, local government agencies, or at area correctional and detention facilities. 

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Outcomes

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ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE CAREERS.

Catawba College's Administration of Justice majors are making an impact in the following positions:

    • Law Enforcement Officer
    • Senior Residing Judge
    • Federal Marshal
    • Probation Officer
    • Victim Advocate
    • Criminal Investigator
    • State Highway Patrol Officer
    • Social Services Manager
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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Catawba College Administration of Justice alumni have gone on to earn graduate degrees at the following schools:

    • American University
    • Appalachian State University
    • University of Montana
    • UNC-Chapel Hill
    • Emory University School of Law
    • University of Georgia School of Law



Faculty

Dr. J. Michael Bitzer

Dr. J. Michael Bitzer, a professor of politics and history, is a recognized expert on North Carolina politics, having written two recent book chapters on the state and the 2016 elections, as well as being interviewed by numerous international, national and regional media outlets.  Dr. Bitzer’s expertise covers U.S. government institutions, campaigns and elections, Southern politics, the law, and many other areas of American Politics. 

Dr. Edith Bolick

Dr. Edith Bolick, a professor of sociology, teaches in the field of crime & delinquency. 

Dr. Maria Vandergriff-Avery

Dr. Maria Vandergriff-Avery, a professor of sociology and director of the Catawba College’s College Honors program, teaches in the field of majority-minority relations and social inequities. 

Curriculum

Required Courses for B.A. in Administration of Justice
Required Courses for B.A. in Administration of Justice

The Administration of Justice major is a multi- and inter-disciplinary program that prepares students for entry into career opportunities associated with law enforcement, corrections, criminal investigations, and the administration of justice and qualifies them for promotion to supervisory and management positions within various fields, including (but not limited to) law enforcement and court operations.

As a multi- and inter-disciplinary program, the ADJU major fulfills the aspects of a liberal education by drawing on the strengths and distinctive aspects of both the liberal arts and professional programs at Catawba College. It is recommended that students work closely with the ADJU coordinator to ensure scheduling of courses; it is also recommended that students gain conversational expertise in a foreign language (Spanish is strongly recommended).

POLS 1101 Introduction to American Politics

3

POLS 2200 State & Local Politics

3

POLS 3320 Bureaucratic Politics

3

POLS 3330 Judicial Process

3

ADJU 2200 Criminal Law

3

Elective in POLS or ADJU

3

POLS 4201 Practicum or PSYC 4201 Practicum

3

SOC 1501 Social Problems

3

SOC 2101 Crime & Delinquincy

3

SOC 2301 Social Science Research OR PSYC 2221 Data Analysis for Behavioral Sciences

4 or 3

SOC 2401 Social Inequalities

3

SOC 3101 Majority-Minority Relations

3

PSYC 2350 Adolescent Psychology OR PSYC 3980 Behavior Modification

3

PSYC 3480 Abnormal Psychology

3

MGT 2501 Principles of Management

3

MGT 2565 Organizational Behavior

3

PHIL 2170 Ethics

3

CHEM 1136 Forensic Science

4

 

Total:

55 or 56

In addition, it is strongly encouraged that ADJU majors obtain a level of conversational expertise in a foreign language, particularly Spanish.

Within the ADJU program, students will gain the following:

  • An understanding of the political institutions and issues confronting the justice system
  • An understanding of the sociological and psychological theories and issues associated with the justice system, including the use of research methods and analysis
  • An understanding of theories and approaches of management, organizational behavior, and ethical considerations to assume decision-making and leadership roles in the administration of justice
  • An understanding of the theories and applications of forensic science
  • Development of the analytical and conceptual skills and capabilities necessary to understand and apply solutions to relevant, practical policy issues involving the administration of justice in society

Questions?
For more information, please contact:

Dr. Michael Bitzer 
Coordinator of the ADJU Program
Hedrick Administration Building, Room 334C
politics@catawba.edu
(704) 637-4117

 

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

1901 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 hours)
An introduction to the history, structure, functions and philosophy of the American criminal justice system.

2100 SELECTED TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3 hours)
A study of a topic of particular interest within the discipline. Topic is announced at registration.

2200 CRIMINAL LAW (3 hours)
A study of the history, evolution, principles and contemporary applications of criminal law, including substantive law, classifications of crimes, elements of crimes, matters of criminal responsibility.

2300 CORRECTIONS (3 hours)
A study of the history, major philosophies, components and current practices, and problems in the field of corrections, including alternatives to incarceration, treatment programs, inmate control.

2400 LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS (3 hours)
A study of the fundamentals of law enforcement operations.

3100 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS (3 hours)
A study of the fundamentals of the investigative processes.