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Administration of Justice

Mode of Study:
On Campus
Degree Level:
Undergraduate, Major
Degree Types:
Bachelor of Arts
School of Arts & Sciences

Make a Personal Impact on Society with a Career in Criminal Justice

Do you want to contribute to a fair and just legal system where your ethics and instincts will always be in high demand? Our Administration of Justice major prepares you for a dynamic and challenging career in law enforcement, criminology, court operations, corrections, and even private investigation.

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As an Administration of Justice major, you’ll gain an understanding of political institutions and issues confronting and potentially compromising the justice system. You’ll grow your knowledge of multiple theories and issues associated with justice systems and their sociological and psychological implications:

  • Research methods and analysis
  • Approaches to management and organizational behavior
  • Ethical considerations in decision-making and leadership

Administration of Justice majors must also understand and solve practical policy issues facing the practice of criminal justice in society. Develop an understanding of the theories and applications of forensic science as you acquire the analytical and conceptual skills needed to successfully complete the Administration of Justice degree requirements.

Catawba College recommends that Administration of Justice majors gain conversational expertise in a foreign language, particularly Spanish, to better ensure your competitiveness in the workplace.

Program Highlights

  • Scholarships

    Incoming Administration of Justice majors may be granted even more than our standard financial aid package, an additional $2,500, when awarded the Politics Department Scholarship.

  • Real Life Experiences

    Our internship requirement immerses you directly into the world of criminal justice as an undergraduate. You’ll apply what you’ve learned and gain invaluable experience before you even graduate.

  • Ranked #4

    Catawba College is ranked fourth among Best Regional Colleges in the South by U.S. News. Our reputation of being a quality, accessible private college precedes us.

Custom Tailored Education

Custom Tailored Education

Combine multidisciplinary areas of study – politics, law enforcement, corrections, criminal investigations, sociology, psychology, management, ethics, chemistry, and more – to custom tailor your education in preparation for your unique personal career goals.

Program Details

Highest Competitiveness

Administration of Justice majors are provided a broad-based approach to the study of law enforcement and criminal justice while focusing on key skills critical to maintaining your competitiveness in today’s workplace: communication, writing, presentation, and analytical problem-solving skills; and, particularly, a deeper appreciation for the importance and values of governance, citizenship, and society.

Internship Opportunities

Administration of Justice majors at Catawba College build their professional resume while acquiring professional skills by fulfilling unique internship requirement opportunities 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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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

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
Contact Us

Department of Politics

9am - 5pm
9am - 5pm
9am - 5pm
9am - 5pm
9am - 5pm
3rd Floor
Hedrick Administration Building