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A Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University.  FSU has a long history of empowering people through education and is committed to developing learned and responsible citizens.   The Department of Criminal Justice advances this mission in a number of ways.  We offer a high quality program that is accredited by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.  Our department reflects the University Mission of offering opportunity to a range of diverse students in order for them to become intellectual leaders, prepared to contribute as effective change agents and global citizens.  We offer a high quality program in an inclusive and supportive environment where faculty and staff are committed to helping each student achieve their potential.  We believe the capability of our students is expressed in the ability of our graduates to move into professional positions in the criminal Justice system, graduate programs, and law schools.

Each of our faculty members has a strong commitment to student success.  The faculty is composed of teacher scholars who are active researchers in the field.  We are committed to research projects and theory construction that advance the knowledge of our field.  Additionally, we participate in program evaluation and policy analysis that assist local, state and national criminal justice policy makers.  The product of such initiatives is then incorporated in the classroom, enhancing the comprehensive learning community within the Department of Criminal Justice.

The department supports a traditional Bachelor of Science program and an online Bachelor of Science degree completion program in cooperation with the North Carolina Community Colleges. We have a number of cooperative articulation agreements with community colleges across the state that make transferring to Fayetteville State University an attractive opportunity.  We have dual enrollment programs with Fayetteville Technical Community College, Bladen Community College, and Pitt Community College.  The dual enrollment program allows for the complete integration of our two programs,  and the ability to seamlessly receive an AA degree from the community college and a B.S. degree from FSU in Criminal Justice in four years, both online and in-residence.  Our plan is to continue to expand these programs to other community colleges and enhance the accessibility of a high-quality criminal justice education to the people of North Carolina and beyond. Our relatively new Master of Science program has a combination of on-campus and online offerings. This degree can be completed with coursework and comprehensive exams or a thesis option.

You will find Criminal Justice faculty members contributing on campus by their participation with the Center for Community Justice and Service Learning, the Bronco Men’s Learning Community, the Campus Military Outreach Taskforce, and the Cross Creek Early College Program.  Faculty members are involved in the community with the FPD Community Wellness and Public Safety Council, The Dispute Resolution Center, and the Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County.

Faculty members pursue innovations in pedagogy and technology to support their teaching.  Recent and upcoming service learning courses include partnerships with the Dispute Resolution Center and the Cumberland County Guardian at Litem Program.  The use of technology in teaching goes beyond the online format, contributing to enhanced student learning in the campus classroom.

I invite you to review the items on the website to find out more about our programs, our faculty and staff, and our student organizations.  We are truly committed to helping you move from the “Ordinary to the Extraordinary.”  Best wishes for a great school year!

Joe Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Department of Criminal Justice

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