Student research opportunities

Mercer University provides you with a number of opportunities to conduct research in Criminal Justice issues, providing you with the tools you need to take the next step in your academic career. You will select a topic you are interested in studying, then learn the methods to conduct academic research including:

  • Reviewing literature
  • Collecting data
  • Analyzing and applying data
  • Presenting your results

If you complete SOC 405 (Empirical Research Project) by your junior year, you will have the opportunity to develop your project even further through independent study. You will work closely with a faculty member to advance your research and present your results at a regional or national conference.

Benefits of conducting undergraduate research

As an undergraduate Criminal Justice major, these research opportunities give you a big advantage when applying to graduate programs or jobs after graduation. You will learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills while analyzing data you collect. Strong communication skills are also developed when presenting your findings to fellow students and academics at conferences.

For more information about how you can be involved in an undergraduate research project, contact your advisor.