Welcome to the Division of Criminal Justice
The Division of Criminal Justice at Thomas University offers a variety of degrees, ranging from the Associate's Degree in Law Enforcement to the Bachelor's of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.
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News from the Criminal Justice Division...
Six students in Thomas University’s Criminal Justice program were inducted as members of the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society during a ceremony held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Ga., on Thursday, April 4. Students participated in the ceremony using Skype.
The Georgia Public Safety Training Center leadership of Director Tim Bearden and Deputy Director Keith Howard serves as a comprehensive training complex for use by all state and local public safety related units of government within the State of Georgia. This group is typically defined as law enforcement, corrections, fire service, communications/911, coroners, emergency management, rescue and other emergency service personnel.
Chip Battle, TU Division Chair of Criminal Justice, welcomed all attendees and recognized inductees for their academic accomplishments while managing demanding careers and supporting families.
The opening speaker was Brigadier General J. Tim Williams, superintendent of the Georgia Department of Correction’s Headquarters Complex, State Office South at Tift College in Forsyth. The keynote speaker was Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia State Patrol. He told the inductees, many of whom serve as law enforcement officers, to work on questions of integrity every day.
Alpha Phi Sigma was founded in 1942. There are currently more than 360 chapters nationwide. To be accepted as a member into the Beta Epsilon Chapter at Thomas University, undergraduate students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, must have completed one-third of the total hours required for graduation, must rank in the top 35 percent of their class and have completed a minimum of four courses in the Criminal Justice curriculum. Undergraduate students with a declared major or minor in Criminal Justice may be considered for membership.
Scott Johnson serves as Chapter Advisor. Assistant Professor Lori Battle serves as Assistant Chapter Advisor.
· Levi Gilder of St. Simons Island, Ga.
· Brandon Gurley of Sandy Springs, Ga.
· Christopher Hosey of Cairo, Ga.
· Danyelle Hoy of Bainbridge, Ga.
· Timothy Lucas of Waycross, Ga.
· Joseph Morgan of Cairo, Ga.
Graduation Honors Ceremony
What our students are saying about us...
“The law enforcement program offered at Thomas University is an organized, well-structured course of study. The program is specifically designed around people who are looking to begin their law enforcement career as well as veteran officers who wish to further their career with a degree from an accredited university.”
- Captain Mark Cheatham,
Acworth Police Department
“The online classes were great, giving me the convenience of attending my classes anytime day or night. The knowledge that I have gained from my classes was priceless and has been very beneficial to me in performing my duties within the State Patrol.”
- Captain Grady Sanford,
Troop Commander Georgia State Patrol
“The instructors understand that adult learners are different and have many other obligations that must be met in addition to school. This program encourages growth and success. It made me begin to look at the thought of going back to school as a welcomed thought as each semester began.”
Georgia Department of Corrections