Department of Criminal Justice

The Department of Criminal Justice provides excellent educational opportunities for learning in a nurturing environment, combining teaching with service. Criminal Justice majors at Chowan University will gain vital skills and knowledge in the areas of criminal delinquent processes, criminology, law enforcement, law adjudication, and corrections, while evaluating the moral and ethical issues of public servants.

"Chowan University's Criminal Justice Program did a fantastic job unveiling the massive amount of opportunities available after obtaining this degree. Throughout my journey, the professors were fully invested in providing all of their students with one-on-one guided support, as well as the necessary resources for each individual goal." - Recent Chowan graduate currently employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations

Welcome to Criminal Justice

The Department of Criminal Justice offers the following degrees:

Criminal Justice, Corrections Track, BA
Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Track, BA
Criminal Justice, Corrections Track, BS
Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Track, BS

At Chowan University, we integrate strategies in sociology, criminal investigation certification, and a Pre-Law Program into the Criminal Justice curriculum to prepare all our students for captivating careers in a variety of criminal justice professions. By combining dynamic courses – like Corporate and White Collar Crime, Arson Investigation, Criminal Evidence, Juvenile Delinquency, and Police-Community Relations – with real-world work experience through internships at all levels of local, state, and federal agencies, students master the skills necessary for success in their field.

Students also connect classroom knowledge with real-world experience through membership in organizations specifically designed for students pursuing the Criminal Justice degree. The Chowan University chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society and the Criminal Justice Club offer students additional educational, service, and fellowship opportunities.


Cicely Cottrell, PhD
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Christopher Langston, MA
Instructor in Sociology
Pamela Woodard, PhD
Chair, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice