Summer 2021

New Transfer Agreements for AAS in Criminal Justice Technology Students

August 4, 2021

The Department of Criminal Justice has recently partnered with both Beaufort County Community College and Sampson Community College in a criminal justice transfer program. This program will allow students who have received an Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology degree to transfer 60 credit hours towards an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice. These agreements are the first of many that the department hopes to reach with local community colleges. Dr. Heidi Bonner, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice stated: “We are thrilled to have new agreements with local community college partners and look forward to welcoming new transfer students to Pirate Nation.” For more information, refer to the press release from Beaufort County Community College and the department’s transfer information page.

Criminal Justice Graduate Student Admissions Up from 2020

July 23, 2021

The Masters of Science in Criminal Justice program has seen one of the largest increases in applications, admissions, and enrollments in its history for the upcoming Fall 2021 semester. Application increased by 145% as compared to this time in 2020, while admissions increased by 167% in that time. The number of newly enrolled students also increased by 167% in 2021. The Graduate faculty are happy to see the program growing and looking forward to welcoming the newly admitted students in August.

Student Selected for CECE Advisory Group

May 19, 2021

The Department would like to congratulate Criminal Justice Minor Maggie Baile, who has been selected to serve on the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU) inaugural Commission on Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) Student Advisory Group. Maggie was selected as one of eight students through a competitive national nomination process and will help provide a student voice for the organization. The CECE is involved in “engagement with external partners for advancing both economic and community development.” Maggie will also be leading a local engagement project and will do a presentation about it at the national APLU conference in Philadelphia this fall.

Criminal Justice Students Find Success in Russian Studies

May 15, 2021

ECU Students with their Professor at the Red Square in Moscow

In recent years, several students have combined their Criminal Justice majors with a minor or a double-major in Russian Studies. Tysen Stephenson, current graduating senior, became a standout student in Russian Studies, earning the award for Outstanding Russian Studies Major in 2020 and traveling to St. Petersburg Russia on Summer Study Abroad (listen to him talk about his experience here: LINK). Another recent alumnus, Michael Carniero, combined Criminal Justice and Russian Studies and has recently obtained a position in a federal agency. We welcome current Criminal Justice students to take Russian language (RUSS 1001) and culture (GLST 1551) with us in the Fall 2021! Open your horizons, study abroad in summer 2022 in St. Petersburg, and create a strong profile for federal agencies and other government positions! Contact Dr. Elena Murenina (, the Director of Russian Studies, with any questions or inquiries.