Mission Statement

The program offers its students a curriculum that balances the arts, sciences, and humanities with professional studies.  It serves the community by developing graduates who have the intellectual acuity, moral commitment, and professional competence to confront the challenges of crime, justice, and public safety in a free society.  It seeks to inspire both students and faculty to the highest ideals of citizenship and public service relevant to the 21st century workforce.

The Edward Waters College Criminal Justice program is dedicated to education, research, and service in the discipline of criminal justice, forensic science, and related areas of public safety and public service.  We strives to endow our students with the skills of critical thinking and effective communication; the capacity for personal and social growth; and creative problem solving by acquiring and evaluating information.  We further strive to provide our students with the ability to navigate advanced technological systems while enhancing their awareness of the diverse cultural, historical, economic, and political forces that shape our society.


Accomplishments Include

  • Partnership with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Advisory Council (SHADCO)
  • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
  • American Correctional Association
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement Satellite Training Site
  • Partnership with the Florida Department of Corrections
  • Partnership with the Florida Coastal School of Law


The program gives students an understanding of the changing and challenging nature of the interaction between the criminal justice system, offenders, and society.  Students are provided an awareness of the impact of how different social issues, politics, religious, educational, and cultural forces, both domestic and global affect the system.  The program further strives to prepare students to pursue further graduate and professional studies as well as to assume positions of leadership in commerce, industry, education, social work, government, and community service.The Criminal Justice program seeks to prepare students to function effectively in various professional leadership roles within the Criminal Justice System.  The program seeks to prepare students with knowledge on how the criminal justice system works at the local, state, and federal levels.


  • To train and educate students in the field of Criminal Justice, utilizing a variety of instructional methods and techniques to stimulate and/or motivate students to learn.
  • To help students understand the roles and functions of the three major components of the criminal justice System: law enforcement, corrections, and the courts.
  • To help students understand and roles and functions of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • To teach students the theories of crime causations and crime prevention measures.
  • To help students understand the basic principles of the American judicial system; a process by which an individual is tried, convicted, and sentenced – including the legal implications of inmates' constitutional rights.
  • To engage students in research/practical experience, and involvement with professional organization in the field at various levels – local, state, national, and global.
  • Students are exposed to the process of seeking and gaining admissions into graduate and professional studies.


Students are encouraged to join and participate in the program’s Leadership Club that promotes academic excellence, leadership skills, teamwork, character development, professionalism, and exposure to global opportunities.