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

Students are required to complete course requirements in three general areas: (a) University Core Curriculum of up to 54 credits, (b) supportive courses and (c) major concentration.

University Core Curriculum
See University Core Curriculum for more information. Specifically, the student should follow the core for the College of Liberal Arts & Education.

Criminal Justice Major

Required Courses (36 credits)

CJS 1300 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits
CJS 1310 Introduction to Corrections 3 credits
CJS 2500 Police Administration 3 credits
CJS 3950 Criminal Investigation 3 credits
CJS 4100 Criminal Law 3 credits
CJS 4150 Juvenile Justice 3 credits
CJS 4200 Evidence and Criminal Procedure 3 credits
CJS 4510 Criminology and Penology 3 credits
CJS 4540 Sociology of Deviant Behavior 3 credits
CJS 4920 Senior Seminar: Theory and Research
in Criminal Justice
3 credits

Required Supportive Courses:

PYC 3420 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
POL 1000 or POL 2100 Introduction to Political Science,
or American Politics
3 credits
SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

In addition, the student must take two elective Criminal Justice courses (this may include courses with an SEC or HUS prefix, with advisor's approval).

Principal Criminal Justice Electives

SEC 4010 Security Systems and Crime Prevention 3 credits
CJS 3980 Technology and Criminal Justice 3 credits
CJS 3990 Narcotics and the Police 3 credits
CJS 4020 Court Structures and Functions 3 credits
CJS 4160 Gangs and Deviant Social Groups 3 credits
CJS 4500 Institutional Corrections 3 credits
CJS 4520 Organized Crime 3 credits
CJS 4560 Aggressive Behavior 3 credits
CJS 4580 Profiling and Threat Assessment 3 credits
CJS 4600 Community Corrections 3 credits
CJS 4800 Theory of Law Enforcement 3 credits
CJS 4810 Women, Crime and Justice 3 credits
CJS 4820 Terrorism 3 credits
CJS 4830 Family Violence: Spouse and Child Abuse 3 credits
CJS 4840 Psychology, Psychiatry, and the Law 3 credits
CJS 4850 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice 3 credits
CJS 4870 Victimology 3 credits
CJS 4880 Sex Crimes 3 credits
CJS 4890 White Collar Crime 3 credits
CJS 4900 Internship in Criminal Justice Studies 3 credits
CJS 4950 Criminalistics 3 credits
CJS 4990 Violence in the Workplace 3 credits

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. (See CJS 4900.)