Wingate University to offer major in criminal justice

Wingate, N.C. -- Wingate University is responding to a demand in the job market for graduates holding criminal justice degrees by offering the criminal justice major on its main campus starting fall 2011. The program will be offered through the Department of Sociology and Human Services, which is under the Cannon College of Arts and Sciences.

The bachelor's degree in criminal justice provides a specialized overview of the criminal justice system, preparing graduates for entry-level or middle-management positions in a broad array of criminal justice environments. Some career opportunities include: fraud investigator, loss prevention manager and detective.

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.

Opportunities in the field of criminal justice for 2010 appeared strong, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. It predicted a 29% increase in the demand for FBI agents, police officers, private detectives, U.S. Customs agents and many others. The department notes that 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," said Don Merrill, dean of the Cannon College of Arts and Sciences. "This major may be available to students earning either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree."
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About Wingate University
Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a private comprehensive university with more than 2,300 students on two campuses in Wingate and Matthews, North Carolina. The University offers 32 undergraduate majors, 36 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, physician assistant studies and sports administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education.

Wingate students gain the tools and support they need to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life. The campus community offers in-class learning, out-of-class experiences, strong mentors, a competitive yet caring environment and rewarding community service opportunities for a complete educational experience.

Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports, and the University has won the South Atlantic Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past four years.
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