Undergraduate Students

Student Organizations

Justice Studies Club

Open to all Justice Studies majors.  Club members have numerous opportunities to network with criminal justice professionals throughout the year. This group organizes the annual internship and career fair, one of the Criminal Justice Departments signature events. Monthly meetings include presentations from guest speakers, as well as opportunities to interact with and get to know fellow Justice Studies students outside of the classroom.

President – Braden Dobbins

Vice President – Heather Hatfield

Secretary – Tabitha Holmes

Treasurer – Daniel Smith

Marketing/Fundraising Chair- Tripp Whitcomb

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chad Posick

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Mock Mediation Club

Mediation is a fast growing form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), used in all forms of dispute resolution including criminal, corporate, and other civil disputes.  Victim-offender conferencing and mediation programs designed to reduce school violence have been evaluated and shown to produce a number of positive outcomes for victims, offenders, and community members. Through the Mock Mediation model, students are exposed to a mediation setting in which they simulate the process of mediation to find the best possible solutions to the conflict in a peaceful manner.

The Mock Mediation Club of Georgia Southern University was established in the fall semester of 2013,  with the purpose of enabling students at Georgia Southern University to be exposed to Mediation and the skills associated with the process.  Mediation and conflict resolution is a useful skill to students pursuing any avenue of study and the opportunity to engage in the concepts of mediation is provided by the club. To date, the club has received 12 regional and national awards, including Small Student Organization of the Year.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Laura E. Agnich

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William Wallace, Jr. and Dr. Lana Wachniak Scholarship (3537) Criteria: Applicants must be pursuing a degree offered in the area of Criminal Justice. Students must be enrolled full time at the time they receive the scholarship, be of junior status and must maintain full time enrollment throughout the award period. Students must remain in good standing with the University and with the college of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and must maintain a 3.0 GPA. First preference shall be given to female students or minority students. Should all other qualifications be considered equal, financial need will be a deciding factor. Students applying for the scholarship must be of high moral character and must be considered a leader among their peers. Selection will be made without regard to age, race, area of residency, marital status, or religious preference. The scholarship shall be renewable as long as the student continues to meet the established criteria and remains in good academic standing with the University.


The internship is a popular option as an elective (9 hours of elective credits may be used for the internship). Students work in a variety of settings, including correctional institutions (state and federal), courts, law offices, prosecutors’ offices (investigations and victim assistance programs), sheriff’s departments, local law enforcement, state and federal investigative agencies, private policing, loss prevention in retail settings, juvenile after-care, adult parole, and other criminal justice agencies. The internship experience allows students to gain valuable work experience and develop resources and networks for career opportunities. Download Intern Packet

Honors Program

University Honors Program students majoring in Criminal Justice and Criminology can elect to achieve College Honors by satisfying the requirements listed below. The expectation of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is that students achieving honors in Criminal Justice and Criminology will distinguish themselves by conducting advanced research in the topics of justice, crime or the law. Requirements

  • Admission to College Honors Program by the University Honors Program (see the University Honors Program site for requirements)
  • Completion of twelve hours of honors credit in Criminal Justice and Criminology.
  • Nine of these hours will be satisfied by contracting for honors in upper-level Criminal Justice and Criminology courses (CRJU courses 3000+). The contract stipulates what work above and beyond the standard course requirements qualifies the course for honors credit, and it identifies the criteria by which the student’s performance will be evaluated. All contracts must be completed and signed before the course begins, and copies furnished to the UHP Director, the department chairperson, and the student’s advisor. A contract signed by the student and instructor must be turned in to the Honors Director by Drop Day and the Honors Contract Completion form must be turned in at the conclusion of the course. Typically, contracting for honors in Criminal Justice and Criminology courses will entail an additional research project or, if the course already includes a research project, a more extensive research paper. (See UHP Guidelines for Honors Contracts for more information.)
  • The final three hours of honors credit will be satisfied by completing CRJU 4930, Criminal Justice and Criminology Honors Thesis (this course satisfies the capstone requirement for College Honors). The honors student, with the approval and guidance of a faculty mentor, plans and executes a substantial independent research project on a topic related to justice, crime, or the law. In addition to a 35-50 page research paper, students will complete a poster presentation of their research findings.


  • Students completing College Honors in Criminal Justice and Criminology will have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor to explore their intellectual interests.
  • Students will be provided with a rigorous academic experience that will prepare them well for graduate school, law school, or professional employment.
  • Students will have their achievement recognized by a Honors Program seal on their diplomas and a notation on their transcripts.

Last updated: 10/2/2014

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