Criminal Justice Major

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Criminal justice is both a professional and a liberal arts program. Specifically, the criminal justice major consists of three components: non-criminal justice courses (corequisites), many in related liberal arts disciplines, which can be taken during the first two years of college; criminal justice proficiency courses; and criminal justice electives, which can be grouped into specialty areas or not, at the student’s option.

Program Requirements

Students in the Criminal Justice major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

General Education Requirements (32 credits*)

Major Program Requirements (36 credits)

Criminal Justice Core Proficiencies (required)*

  • CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 203 The Police Process
  • CRJ 207 The Corrections Process
  • CRJ 471 Research Methods
  • CRJ 494 Criminology

AND ONE of the following:

  • CRJ 205 Criminal Courts and Law
  • PLS 320 Law and Legal Process

Criminal Justice Electives (choose 6)*

  • CRJ 304 Investigations
  • CRJ 311 Criminal Law
  • CRJ 313 Constitutional Criminal procedure
  • CRJ 321 Crime Patterns
  • CRJ 323 White Collar Crime
  • CRJ 331 Community Based Corrections
  • CRJ 343 Juvenile Justice Process
  • CRJ 371 Introduction to Forensic Science
  • CRJ 375 Forensic Law
  • CRJ 411 Organizational Leadership
  • CRJ 431 Crime Prevention
  • CRJ 434 Security Administration
  • CRJ 451 International Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 465 Terrorism
  • CRJ 477 Family Violence
  • CRJ 479 Victimology
  • CRJ 481 Women and Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 485 Issues in Juvenile Justice
  • CRJ 489 Problems in Policing
  • CRJ 490 Internship in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 491.01 GIS/Crime Mapping
  • CRJ 491.02 Race and Crime
  • CRJ 491.03 Death Penalty
  • CRJ 499 Independent Study in Criminal Justice

*Grade of C or above required.

Co-requisite Courses (21 Credits)

  • SOC100 Introduction to Sociology*
  • PLS113 Introduction to American Politics
  • PSH110 General Psychology*

Minorities Course - variety of interdisciplinary offerings.

Statistics - variety of interdisciplinary offerings.

Two upper-division (300/400 level) courses in sociology, psychology or political science.

* Denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Electives (31 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

  • A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in all required major courses (Major Departmental Requirements).
  • Criminal Justice majors must earn a grade of C or better in all CRJ courses
  • Successful completion CRJ 101 is required of all CRJ majors or CRJ minors prior to enrolling in any other CRJ course
  • Successful completion of an approved Statistics course is required prior to enrolling in CRJ 471
  • Completion of all college-wide degree requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

SLO #1: Understand how crime is defined and measured.
SLO #2: Develop a sound understanding of the causes of crime and society's response to crime.
SLO #3: Be able to apply critical thinking when evaluating issues in criminology and criminal justice.
SLO #4: Develop skills in expressing themselves clearly and coherently in oral and written language.
SLO #5: Understand some of the important ethical and cultural competencies required by those who wish to work in the criminal justice area.