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A career in criminal justice lets you use your skills for good in your community, whether through aiding crime victims, counseling criminals or overseeing the progress of parolees. A UWF degree will prepare you with the knowledge you need for the career you want.

Why Study Criminal Justice at UWF?

Criminal justice professionals address some of the most essential needs of our society, working with diverse groups.

Our students enjoy small class sizes with highly qualified faculty. You'll find plentiful opportunities to conduct research, complete internships and participate in student organizations.

Each year the department provides need–based and merit scholarships. The degree is offered face-to-face and online. For those of you not in the Pensacola area, we do offer the criminal justice program at the Emerald Coast location in Fort Walton Beach.

What You Will Learn

Our courses are taught by prominent scholars and acknowledged professionals who combine academic and practical perspectives. Our small class sizes encourages students to interact with faculty and engage in lively discussions.

You will study criminology, policing, the courts, corrections and the criminal justice system. You will learn to interpret and evaluate policies and practices of the system, form solutions by applying proper research techniques and use the appropriate criminological perspectives to explain major types of crime.

A variety of electives address specialized topics such as gangs, juvenile justice, cybercrime, drugs, forensic science and homeland security.

The criminal justice minor provides an overview of the criminal justice system, including corrections, policing and the courts.

Interested in our online program?

It's perfect for full- or part-time working adults who want to advance their career in criminal justice.

Visit Online Criminal Justice B.A.

Careers & Outcomes

Many graduates work in corrections, law enforcement, juvenile justice, the federal government, colleges and the legal system. Below are common job titles for criminal justice graduates, as well as examples of sites where our alumni work.

Job Titles

  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Secret Service Special Agent
  • U.S. Marshall
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Crime Analyst
  • DNA expert
  • Victim Advocate


  • Pensacola Police Department
  • Escambia County Sheriff's Office
  • Jacksonville Police Department
  • Escambia County Community Corrections
  • Local and State-level Law Enforcement Agencies
  • State and Federal Correctional Agencies
  • Federal Law Enforcement and Investigative Agencies
  • Courts
  • Victim Support Services

I love the criminal justice program because of the professors and helpfulness of the entire program staff. While pursuing my bachelor’s degree, I have had professors reach out and offer their help and guidance with my education and future goals, which has made me feel welcomed and motivated. I chose UWF because of the appeal of a great institution in my area, but have truly excelled due to the care and commitment of the staff of the department.

Kayla Reid

Program Details

Internships provide invaluable real-world experience, enhance your resume and can elevate your application for graduate and professional school.

Our program collaborates with more than 50 different local, state and federal criminal justice agencies, including:

  • Florida Department of Corrections - Probation and Parole
  • Florida Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigation
  • Fort Walton Beach Police Department
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • Department of Children and Families - Protective Investigation
  • Escambia County Teen Court
  • Florida Department of Financial Services Fraud Division

Is graduate school in your future? Consider the Accelerated Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Criminal Justice and complete up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework while you are an undergraduate, saving time and money.

The dual-degree program will prepare you for a career in federal, state, county and local criminal justice agencies; criminal justice research and analysis; and teaching at community and state colleges. Or you may choose to continue your education at the doctoral level.

The accelerated program will provide you with increased career opportunities, the opportunity to complete both degrees faster, and save on tuition expenses.

Program Contact
Glenn Carter

Accelerated Criminal Justice

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Criminal Justice program.

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