Major or Minor in Criminal Justice

Serve Your Communities

No matter the career you pursue in Criminal Justice, you'll gain the experience and job-ready skills that will propel you toward making a meaningful impact.

Brevard College

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice is a vast field that offers various careers in high demand.The criminal justice field is growing, and more people are taking interest in this industry.

According to Data USA, about 57 percent of people who began studying criminal justice earned a bachelor's degree rather than an associate's degree or a professional certification. With a bachelor's degree in hand, graduates are able to pursue higher-level positions within the criminal justice industry.

Those interested in careers in law enforcement, social work, criminology, and public safety should consider earning a criminal justice degree. With a degree like this, you can pursue meaningful and necessary careers that make our communities safer and help bring healing to others. We need individuals who are willing to keep the public safe, help crime victims heal, rehabilitate offenders, and maintain the social order.


Relationship with your Faculty

Studying Criminal Justice at Brevard, you'll work 1-on-1 with faculty to develop the skills that matter to people who will hire you-effective communication, collaboration, problem-solving, leadership, professionalism, and personal accountability.

Related Programs

  • Pre-Law

  • Psychology

  • Emergency Management

  • Communication

  • Biology

"During my time at Brevard, as Criminal Justice major I acquired many skills. Those skills consisted of leadership, inspiring youth to be better, the ability to collaborate, work with agencies and discuss solutions to best serve families, conflict-resolution and decision making. I also learned how to hear all sides and discuss possible resolutions and making sound decisions for recommendations for families. These skills have helped me stand out and get to the point I am at now."

-Xzaiver, Brevard College graduate, Field Service Specialist with the Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

About the Criminal Justice Program at Brevard

Learn to serve and protect your community through Brevard’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree which emphasizes the liberal arts and practical skills. A criminal justice degree offers a general understanding of the field to prepare students for countless related careers.

Brevard College students who major in Criminal Justice will find there are many different positions within the field available to them after graduation. Common job opportunities include: 

  • Police Officer
  • Sheriff's Deputy
  • Legal Assistant
  • Court Liaison
  • Correctional Officer
  • Social Service Assistant
  • Juvenile Justice Assistant
  • Probation and Parole Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Victim Advocate
  • Brevard Police Department
  • Criminal Profiler
  • Drug Enforcement Administration Agent
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • 911 Communicator
  • State Trooper
  • Case Manager
  • Homicide Detective

Brevard College graduates have proven that you can do anything with a Criminal Justice degree. Below is a list of job titles of graduates from Brevard's Program:

  • Transylvania County Sheriff's Office
  • Buncombe County Sheriff's Office
  • Osceola Sherriff's Office
  • Henderson County Sheriff's Office
  • Hendersonville Police Department
  • ALE Alcohol Law Enforcement North Carolina
  • Asheville Police Department
  • Winston-Salem Police Department
  • Mint Hill Police Department
  • Greenville Police Department
  • Brevard Police Department
  • Hillsborough Police Department
  • U.S. Border Patrol
  • Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 

What you'll experience when you major in Criminal Justice +

  • Join the Criminal Justice Honor Society and participate in community service projects, social events, and educational seminars and workshops.
  • Experience the current justice system during field trips to observe court, interview criminal justice practitioners, go on jail tours, and see K-9 law enforcement demonstrations.
  • Practice your knowledge and get live feedback during simulated jury selection and court exercises.

  • Explore career options early in your education, including local, state, and federal law enforcement, victim services, court administration, adult probation, or juvenile delinquency and rehabilitation.

  • Take on the role of a crime scene investigator to solve cases with physical evidence recognition, documentation, collection and  preservation, and scene reconstruction. 

  • Complete internships that transition your scholastic studies into real-world application.

  • Attend the Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy as an internship and receive a State Certification

Brevard College collaborates with many different Criminal Justice organizations where students can explore career opportunities such as:

  • Brevard Police Department

  • Transylvania County Sheriff's Office 

  • Henderson County Sheriff's Office

  • Hendersonville Police Department

  • ALE Alcohol Law Enforcement North Carolina

  • North Carolina Judicial Branch

  • Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office

  • Asheville Police Department

  • N.C. Department of Adult Corrections

  • NCDPS Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

  • N.C. State Bureau of Investigation

  • U.S. Border Patrol

Criminal Justice majors receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice. Minors in Criminal Justice and Pre-Law are also available.

Along with the Bachelor of Arts, you will graduate with a State certification as a law enforcement officer, ready for immediate employment.

"I highly recommend Brevard for the opportunity to expand your thinking, enlighten your experience and to grow as a person."

- Cynthia 
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Come experience Brevard's Criminal Justice Program for yourself!

Visitation is the best way to see if our Criminal Justice Program is a good fit for you.

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