Undergraduate Program Overview

Our mission is to educate the next generation of Criminal Justice and Criminology leaders.

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees, graduate certificates, and minors in criminal justice, criminal law and legal process, and forensic science. Additionally, we participate in multidisciplinary programs in security studies, public management and leadership with other university departments. Our degree programs prepare students for careers in the criminal justice professions or advanced study. Courses are taught by exceptional faculty with diverse teaching and research experience in law enforcement, forensic science, homeland security, criminology, juvenile delinquency, law, corrections, transnational crime and terrorism, and organized crime, just to name a few.  Many faculty members have criminal justice practitioner experience and are internationally or nationally recognized scholars. We have extraordinary learning and leadership opportunities that enable interested students to participate in the national criminal justice honor society, student organizations, field experience and internship, international study abroad, foreign student exchange, independent study, and faculty-student research programs.

East Carolina University has a longstanding tradition of excellence in higher education and is an academic leader in teaching and research. Our students get to interface with peers, dynamic faculty, and the university community while studying in a vibrant department.

  • We have outstanding faculty with a broad spectrum of criminal justice, forensic science,  and interdisciplinary expertise;
  • Our award winning teacher-scholar faculty are committed to effective learning and student success; and
  • A complete range of academic support and extra-curricular activities including academic advising, course tutoring, career planning, student organization, international study,  faculty-student research project, and distinguished alumni programs are available.

Explore the Criminal Justice Major

Explore A Major – Narrated Presentation

Student Handbook

Undergraduate Handbook – PDF

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As a new student, it can be easy to lose information in translation – the university environment has a language all its own! The ECU Office of Student Transitions has provided information on the meaning of common university words, phrases, and ECU specific terminology, so that you can be confident when you are interacting with others on campus.