Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
The mission of Criminal Justice is to provide our students with a practical educational background in all facets of the criminal justice system. We believe students must develop a thorough understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of criminal behavior.
Well prepared students will have completed a college prep program with an emphasis is English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Students should have a sincere desire to be of service and assistance to humanity.
Upon completion of a substantial part of the Criminal Justice core curriculum, students may elect to enroll in a practical internship withan agency for 3-6 hours of credit. Completion of an internship provides students with increased job opportunities. We have student research projects, study abroad, international service learning programs and an honors program for students wishing to supplement traditional classroom education with more active learning and field placement experiences.
The following are core competencies of the curriculum.
- A working knowledge of the entire criminal justice process (adult and juvenile) and the issues surrounding each portion of the process.
- Ability to make linkages between theory and policy development in the criminal justice system.
- Ability to understand, identify, and apply legal issues relative to the criminal justice system.
|Written Communication - English 101 & 102||6 hrs|
|Oral Communication||3 hrs|
|Arts & Humanities (one course from each area)||6 hrs|
|Natural Sciences (two science disciplines, one with lab)||7 hrs|
Social & Behavioral Sciences
(one course must be Hist 101 or 102)
Understanding Cultural Diversity (CD1 & CD2)
|Programmatic Requirements for College of Arts & Sciences||13-15 Hrs|
|Gen 101 A&S Orientation||1 hr|
|Courses outside Social Science Division 300+||6 hrs|
|Upper-level WR (writing courses at 300+, JA-485 is approved)||6 hrs|
|Foreign Language||6-8 hrs|
|Department of Criminal Justice Core:||30 Hrs|
|CJ 200 Crime & Justice in the U.S.||3 hrs|
|CJ 201 Law Enforcement in U.S.||3 hrs|
|CJ 202 Corrections in U.S.||3 hrs|
|CJ 305 Criminal Behavior||3 hrs|
|CJ 306 Criminal Procedure||3 hrs|
|CJ 325 Research Design||3 hrs|
|CJ 326 Quantitative Analysis||3 hrs|
|CJ 360 Juvenile Justice||3 hrs|
|CJ 395 Criminal Law and Evidence||3 hrs|
|CJ 485 (WR) Senior Seminar||3 hrs|
Courses to bring minimum total hours earned to 121
|TOTAL TO GRADUATE:||121 HRS|
- Criminal Justice electives must be from approved departmental list at the 300 level or above. A minimum of 15 hours must be in Criminal Justice, but may not exceed 60 hours.
- Students must have a minimum of 50 hours at the 300 level or above.
- Only 60 Hrs in the major may be applied towards the Bachelor of Science Degree
Ginger Brown or Kim Hendricks