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Elizabeth City State University

Criminal Justice Degree Program

Elizabeth City State University is an institutional member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

This program seeks to provide undergraduate instruction in criminal justice to both new students and practitioners in the discipline. Each student declaring criminal justice as his/her major, must apply for admission to the Criminal Justice Program. To be eligible for admission to the ECSU Criminal Justice Program, students must satisfy the following criminal justice admissions requirements:

completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours towards graduation at ECSU or at a regionally accredited college or university;

cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale;

be in good academic standing; and

completion of CJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice, or its equivalent, with a grade of "C" or better- Criminal justice faculty will determine course equivalency.

Upon completion of the above, students must submit an official application for admission to the Criminal Justice Program. Each student accepted into the Criminal Justice Program is expected to adhere to a Criminal Justice Code of Ethics. The Code is designed to make each student aware of his/her moral and legal obligations to the field of criminal justice.


The mission of the criminal justice program is to offer a quality academic program conducive to the learning experiences of students. Central to achieving this mission is an interdisciplinary program of study that prepares graduates for careers in criminal justice or to continue their education through advanced academic degrees. The mission will be accomplished in a stimulating academic environment that values diversity and fosters respect among students, faculty and staff. The criminal justice program's mission will complement the overall mission of the Department of Criminal Justice, Sociology and Social Work, the School of Arts and Humanities, and Elizabeth City State University.


  • to provide opportunities to enhance students' verbal, written, and technological skills to function effectively as future criminal justice professionals;
  • to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to critically investigate issues regarding crime and justice; and
  • to develop a competent individual capable of independent and effective decision-making in criminal justice organizations.

Only credit from institutions that are accredited by their regional higher education accrediting body is accepted for transfer into an undergraduate criminal justice program. No academic credit is awarded or accepted for transfer credit to the criminal justice major by the criminal justice program for life experience or for military, police academy, or other professional training. The criminal justice program requires students to repeat a core criminal justice course under circumstances where at least six years have elapsed since a student's initial enrollment in a course. Elizabeth City State University awards degrees only to those students who have earned at least 50 percent of the credit hours in the Criminal Justice Program through instruction offered by Elizabeth City State University.

Interdisciplinary Pre-Law Program

Law schools as a rule do not have specific academic requirements for admission other than the baccalaureate degree. Students planning to enter law school should be aware of the recommendations of the Association of the American Law Schools which describes the basic skills and insights it believes are fundamental to the later attainment of legal competence: (a) comprehensive ability and expression in words, (b) critical understanding of human institutions and values with which the law deals and (c) creative power in thinking. Although no single course of instruction is prescribed by the American Bar Association, pre-law students (in consultation with the pre-law advisors) are urged to follow the designed pre-law curriculum. This program will facilitate the student's ability to think clearly, concisely, independently and persuasively.