Wingate University will add another career option for students next fall, as it will offer a criminal justice major. Opportunities in the field of criminal justice appeared strong last year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. It predicted a 29 percent increase in the demand for FBI agents, police officers, private detectives, U.S. Customs agents and many others. The department notes the growing emphasis on homeland security has created an unprecedented demand for criminal justice and security professionals.
“According to our admissions office, there has been a rise in interest among prospective high school students for this major,” Don Merrill, dean of the Cannon College of Arts and Sciences, said. “This major may be available to students earning either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.”
The University has developed seven courses in the new curriculum. In addition to criminal justice, the courses include juvenile justice, criminology, criminal law, corrections, research methods and an
internship. Through the semester-long internship class totaling at least 100 hours, students will be able to develop professional skills in a law enforcement setting.