Cumberland University

Criminal Justice and Public Administration

The BA in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students for careers in the criminal justice system, including private sector security. Cumberland criminal justice graduates are employed as prosecutors, lawyers, police officers, detectives, correctional officers and other positions in local, state, and federal government, and as security managers in the private sector.

Criminal Justice majors have the opportunity to study police, police management and criminal investigation, forensic science, the courts and the legal system, corrections, security and loss prevention, criminology, juvenile delinquency and other related topics. The Criminal Justice degree combines professional courses with traditional liberal arts coursework.

The BA degree in Criminal Justice consists of a minimum of 120 semester hours:

  • 44-47 from the GEC
  • 30 from the criminal justice core
  • 6 from upper-level criminal justice electives
  • 21 from required social science courses
  • 6 from upper-level social science electives
  • 12-13 from general electives

For complete course descriptions, please review our undergraduate catalog.

For further information about Criminal Justice at Cumberland, please contact Joe Minor at