Criminal Justice


A minor in Criminal Justice offers interdisciplinary courses that will provide students with a basic understanding of the foundational principles of crime, the law, and the justice system. Students will take courses covering the American political system, criminal law, police administration, corrections, child delinquency, and criminology.


Below is a list of courses that are required to earn a minor in Criminal Justice. Take a look at the list below to help give you an idea of classes within this program. Be sure to review the official requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Note: This list is intended to give you a glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising.

Required Courses

POL 202 American Government    Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of the theory and practice of the American political system at the national, state, and local levels. Some emphasis is given to the recent trends in government. Questions of national security, foreign policy, and civil liberties will be examined. This course satisfies state requirements concerning the United States and Georgia Constitutions. 


PSY 201 General Psychology    Credit Hours: 3 
This course is a survey of the history, theories, methods, and data of psychology. Emphasis is placed on physiology, perception, learning, emotion, motivation, personality, measurement, and social behavior.

*Whichever course was not taken to satisfy optional core will be the minor requirement 

Choose one of the following:

CJ 204 Deviant Behavior    Credit Hours: 3
This course is an examination of deviant behavior, including crime, drug abuse, sexual deviance, and mental illness. A cross-cultural examination of these aspects of deviant behavior will also be utilized in order to understand deviant behavior within various cultural and institutional contexts.

CJ 205 Introduction to Police Administration    Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of police management practices in America, including personnel management, budgeting, program planning, and relationships among the police department, the courts, and the correction industries. 

CJ 206 Introduction to Corrections    Credit Hours: 3 
This course is a study of the history and evolution of corrections, the law and the correctional process, the rights of convicted criminals, types of criminals, correctional ideologies, and alternatives to incarceration.

CJ 212 Social Problems    Credit Hours: 3 
This course is a study of both the general and special problems considered in the social and cultural setting in which they occur. The emphasis is on people and their behavior.
Prerequisite: PSY 201

CJ 305 Race and Ethnic Relations    Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an examination of relationships between and within racial and ethnic groups and an analysis of social and behavioral causes of prejudice and discrimination.
Prerequisite: PSY 201

CJ 307 Criminal Law & Procedure    Credit Hours: 3 
This course is a survey course of the substantive and procedural criminal law in the United States, focusing particularly on the law of Georgia.

Choose 2 of the following:

CJ 306 Crisis Management Communications    Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the variables involved in crisis planning, communication, and management. Appropriate consideration will be given to organizational vulnerabilities, environmental threats, and stakeholder influences involving law enforcement agencies.

CJ 320 Community Reentry for Offenders    Credit Hours: 3 
This class will provide students with an in-depth analysis of the issues impacting offender reentry, including employment, treatment, family reunification, housing issues as well as barriers and impediments to offender reentry.
Prerequisite: POL 202

CJ 410 Cybercrime     Credit Hours: 3 
This course provides an overview of cybercrime and the digital law enforcement practices utilized to respond to them. The course will focus on the types and extent of current cybercrime, how the justice system responds to these crimes, the various constitutional protections afforded to computer users, the law and policies that govern cybercrime detection, investigation, prosecution, and related technologies.

CJ 412 Criminology    Credit Hours: 3
This course studies the nature, extent, and factors related to criminal behavior. The focus will be on the criminal justice system, the police, the judiciary, and corrections (probation, imprisonment, parole, and work release).

CJ 419 Child Welfare    Credit Hours: 3 
This course is designed to introduce the student to the various fields of child welfare such as family income maintenance programs, child protective service, foster care, adoption, institutional care of children, services to children in their own home, children and the courts, guardianship and special services to children.
Prerequisite: PSY 201

CJ 420 Public Administration    Credit Hours: 3 
This course includes factors that shape and condition administrative institutions; formal organizational theory; regulatory activities and administrative responsibility in a democratic society.
Prerequisite: POL 202

CJ 421 Juvenile Delinquency    Credit Hours: 3
This course is a study of the causes and nature of juvenile delinquency, the development of juvenile courts, probation, and other rehabilitative programs.
Prerequisite: PSY 201

CJ 425 Victimology    Credit Hours: 3
This course is the study of the victims of crime; their role in the criminal justice system, as well as their treatment by law enforcement. Special attention will also be paid to victim’s rights and strategies for their recovery.

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Joanna Phillips-Mock

Student Enrichment Director

Joanna Phillips-Mock is a proud third generation Baron, both as a student and a staff member.

Beginning her teaching career in Middle Georgia in 1995, Mrs. Mock worked with a state funded program that served some of the most disadvantaged special needs students within the local school districts. She ultimately moved into leadership positions within the organization, serving and training others in multiple initiatives. She enjoys working with students of all ages to recognize and to achieve their greatest potential.

Mrs. Mock holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brewton-Parker College, a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Behavior Disorders, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Georgia College and State University. She resides in Ailey, Georgia, with her husband Don, their son Tye Lewis, her mother Carol Joyce, and multiple fur babies. She enjoys traveling, gardening, camping, and attending concerts.

Candace Lilford

Profeessional Tutor

Candace Lilford graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Generalism in 2021 from Anderson University and with her master’s degree in English Literature in 2023 from the University of Alabama. She presently serves as Professional Tutor for the Student Enrichment Center while also teaching sections of ENG 101 and 102. 

As part of her two-year master's program, Ms. Lilford taught sections of ENG 101 and 102, while also serving as teaching assistant for British Literature Survey courses and volunteering in the university’s Writing Center. Ms Lilford has also presented papers at the Hudson Strode Conference and the South Eastern Christian and Literature Conference as well as working on various theatrical productions.

Born in North Carolina of South African descent, Ms. Lilford has lived in Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, and Trinidad before settling in Mount Vernon with her family in 2016, where she attended Brewton-Parker College as a dual enrollment student. She presently resides in Mount Vernon with her family and spends her free time watching old TV shows.

Linda Armstrong

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Linda Armstrong earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Southeastern Technical College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Walden University. Throughout her career, Linda has worked with diverse populations, including at-risk youth and families and youth in crisis because of mental health and other issues. Her empathetic nature has made her an effective advocate for those in need. In addition to her professional work, Linda is also is committed to volunteerism. She has dedicated countless hours as a youth mentor, and to teaching about her faith at various Christian organizations. She believes in the power of positivity and its ability to transform not only her life but also the lives of others.

"If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully." ~ Maya Angelou

Willie Ford

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Greetings, Baron Nation!

It's truly a joy to be back in a place that has shaped me so profoundly. I'm Willie Ford, a proud 2022 graduate of historic Brewton-Parker College, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Education. Following my graduation, I embarked on a journey in education, teaching Special Education within the Vidalia City School District. In addition to my role as an educator, I had the privilege of serving as the Unit Director at the J.D. Rabun Boys and Girls Club. All the while, I was honored to pastor at the esteemed New Hope Baptist Church of Rhine, Georgia. With God's grace, I managed these responsibilities, and now, I'm thrilled and ready to contribute to the welfare of our students, aiming to inspire through service.

Dusty Arnold

Mental Health Counselor

Dusty Arnold  is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst as well as a BPC alumnus. He has years of experience working with a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, grief, and challenges related to Autism. He specializes in behavior-related interventions that can help college students build on their strengths to set achievable goals while also learning how to deal with the thoughts and feelings that sometimes get in the way. He incorporates Biblical values and evidence-based treatments to meet students wherever they happen to be on their journey to spiritual and psychological health. 

Carl Anthony "Tony" Wardlaw

Assistant Student Enrichment Director & Student Success Coach

Carl Anthony “Tony” Wardlaw – For over 25 years, Dr. Wardlaw has worked in leadership, counseling, and pastoring. Beginning with working in middle management for a manufacturing company in Douglas, GA, Dr. Wardlaw has also worked in the academic, nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Additionally, he served over 7 years in the United States Military as a Military Intelligence Officer before resigning his commission as a Captain in the Army.

Currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Student Enrichment Center, Student Success Coach, and Adjunct Faculty at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, GA, he also serves as the Pastor of The Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Dublin, GA.

As a member of the renowned International Gospel Singing Group, The Wardlaw Brothers, Dr. Wardlaw has traveled all over the nation and abroad ministering and singing the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Dr. Wardlaw has served as a consultant for various agencies and has worked as a Fatherhood Coordinator and G.E.D. instructor within the Technical College System of Georgia and participates in local and national civic and philanthropic work.

Dr. Wardlaw holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from the University of Georgia, two master's degrees from Troy University (Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Psychology and Master of Education in Counseling), and a Doctorate in Education from Argosy University in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Wardlaw is a Lifetime Silver Member of The NAACP and a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is happily married to the former Mrs. Stephanie Scott. They have 3 Children; Chambria, Marc, and Carleigh.

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