Crime Scene Investigations ClassCriminal Justice examines the structure, functions, and decision-making processes of agencies that deal with crime and criminal offenders.  As an independent academic discipline, criminal justice is comparatively new.  Interest in criminal justice education was spurred by the "war on crime" during the 1960's and the resulting massive federal funding to upgrade criminal justice agencies, technology, programming and education of criminal justice personnel.

Faculty in this program provide expertise in law enforcement, investigations, corrections, criminal law, research and theory.  The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice allows the student flexibility to choose courses which best reflect their individual interests and career aspirations.

The program provides students with a solid foundation in theory and research.  Furthermore, majors receive hands-on experience with our state-of-the-art firearms simulation lab, and in our crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, and mock trial courses. Advanced students have the opportunity to present their research at state and national conferences and to participate in scholarship, research paper and crime scene competitions.  A variety of internships are also available for those who qualify.

Students can also choose to minor in criminal justice at Fairmont State or chose the program as part of their Pre-Law studies.

Career Opportunities

Students with a B.S. degree in criminal justice qualify for employment in city, county, state, and federal criminal justice agencies, and in the rapidly-growing private industrial security field.  A number of graduates continue their education in graduate programs in criminal justice, criminology or law.  The program also offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree.

The following are jobs our Criminal Justice majors seek upon graduation:

  • Detective
  • DEA Agent
  • Juvenile Probation Officer
  • Correctional Counselor


Model Schedule(s): 
Friday, April 08, 2016

Fairmont State University Criminal Justice students recently took top honors at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences/Alpha Phi Sigma National Conference in Denver. In fact, they consistently perform so well in the national crime scene competition that there is a “Fairmont rule.”

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Wednesday, April 06, 2016

On Thursday, April 7, the United States Attorney’s Office will join the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration to host a dynamic community forum designed to highlight a unique, realistic perspective on the impact of prescription drug and opioid abuse.

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Crime Scene Investigations 1:30 Tues-Thurs class Dr. John McLaughlin

This crime scene was the final exam for the crime scene students. The students are assigned to solve the crime based on the evidence left on the scene.  After seeing the evidence, they must write a police report solving the case.

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