Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

A Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, prepares one to work in a wide variety of careers, public and private, at various levels of responsibility. These careers can include federal, state, and local policing: other regulatory agencies of various branches of government; various levels of private investigation and private security; and a variety of careers in corrections; including parole and probation as well as institutional corrections. Students planning on pursuing a law degree have often found criminal justice a relevant major.

Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary area that draws much of its content from law, psychology, political science, and sociology. The goal of the criminal justice curriculum is to make students aware of the key issues, concepts, and theories involved in understanding the operation of the criminal justice system. With this knowledge, students are taught to analyze the practical issues and controversies of the field. Problem solving, the ability to make discriminating judgments, and the application of theory to practice are key skills that the program fosters.

Degree Requirements:

University Core Curriculum (54 cr.)

Supportive Courses (9 cr.)

  • PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology (3cr.)
  • POL 1000 Intro to Political Science (3cr.)
  • SOC 1000 Intro to Sociology (3cr.)
Note: In the case of the introductory courses listed above, students may substitute a higher level course in the same discipline, with the consent of their advisor

Criminal Justice Major Specific Course Requirements (30 cr.)

  • CJS 1300 Intro to criminal Justice (3cr.)
  • CJS 1310 Intro to Corrections (3cr.)
  • CJS 2500 Police Administration (3 cr.)*
  • CJS 3950 Criminal Investigation (3cr.)
  • CJS 4100 Criminal Law (3cr.)
  • CJS 4150 Juvenile Justice (3cr.)
  • CJS 4200 Evidence and Criminal Procedure (3cr.)
  • CJS 4510 Criminology and Penology (3cr.)
  • CJS 4540 Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3cr.)
  • CJS 4920 Senior Seminar: Theory and Research in Criminal Justice (3cr.)

*CJS 4770 Introduction to Intelligence Analysis or CJS 4800 Theory of Law Enforcement may be substituted for CJS 2500 with the permission of the student's advisor.

Any two courses from CJS or SEC: (6 cr.)

Principal Electives:

  • SEC 4010/5010 Security Systems (3cr.)
  • CJS 4020 Court Structures and Functions (3cr.)
  • CJS 4050 Directed studies (3cr.)
  • CJS 4160 Gangs and Deviant Social Groups
  • CJS 4520 Organized Crime (3cr.)
  • CJS 4800 Theory of Law Enforcement (3cr.)
  • CJS 4810 Gender Issues in Justice (3cr.)
  • CJS 4820 Terrorism (3cr.)
  • CJS 4830 Family Violence: Spouse and Child Abuse (3cr.)
  • CJS 4840 Psychology, Psychiatry, and the Law (3cr.)
  • CJS 4850 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice (3cr.)
  • CJS 4870 Victimology (3cr.)
  • CJS 4900 Internship in Criminal Justice Studies (3cr.)
  • CJS 4950 Criminalistics (3cr.)
Field Experience:

The Criminal Justice Studies Major may obtain field experience in two programs:

  1. Cooperative Education: Planned paid experience in federal, state, and local law enforcement and correctional agencies as well as private security and campus police.
  2. Internship: Students have a 180 hour supervised experience under the direction of a faculty member. Must enroll in CJS 4900.

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