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Study crime and its causes, and assess social policies and programs designed to address it.

These are complex issues, but we make sure you have the faculty expertise and broad range of learning opportunities to prepare you to make essential contributions to the field and to society.

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How to Apply

Top Reasons

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Study Abroad

Our majors have special study-abroad opportunities, such as traveling to England and taking a course entitled “A Comparison of the American and British Criminal Justice Systems.

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Collaborative Research

We offer plenty of collaborative research opportunities with faculty. Through classes such as Judicial Processes, Methods of Social Research, and Criminalization of Mental Illness, your coursework covers all aspects of the field.

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Practical experience

Our faculty are noted scholars and recognized experts who have practical experience in the criminal justice system.

Program Contact

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Dr. Risdon N. Slate

Chair of Criminology

Course Information

A full description of the curriculum and course titles can be found in the academic catalog.

Academic Catalog

Internship Opportunities

Located in the City of Lakeland, near the county seat in Bartow, Florida, and within driving distance of Orlando and Tampa, FSC is perfectly situated for criminal justice internships at the local, state and federal level.

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