BRUNSWICK — The University System of Georgia Board of Regents has approved the College of Coastal Georgia’s request to establish a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, effective this semester.
“A significant number of potential students and even our own current students have expressed a desire to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies welcome the opportunity to hire students with a Criminal Justice major and the type of applied and real-world experience they would receive at the College of Coastal Georgia,” Dr. Tracy Pellett, vice president for academic cffairs, explained. “Our long-standing commitment to our students and this community continues to be one of providing degree programs to match the dynamic career opportunities and 21st-century knowledge and skills so necessary for supporting economic development and community well-being.”
Dr. Skip Mounts, dean of the School of Business and Public Management, noted the new degree is the fourth four-year degree offered by the School.
“This degree will offer concentrations in homeland security and public management,” he added, “and we are also developing a concentration in information assurance/cyber defense. This is a great foundation that will allow us to offer the best undergraduate criminal justice program in the state and potentially across the South. The degree also gives us the opportunity to enhance our already strong partnership with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.”
Mounts anticipates the number of students who will opt for the Criminal Justice major will top 70 by the end of the fourth year of implementation.
“We already have 30 enrolled in the Public Management degree program with the criminal justice and security concentration. With the addition of three new classes to our existing curriculum, our students will be able to declare the criminal justice major.”
“We believe our criminal justice students will be tomorrow’s law enforcement professionals and thought-leaders, helping to shape public policy in municipalities and states domestically, as well as internationally, in the years ahead,” Pellett said.