Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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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.

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General Education Requirements
34 Hrs
Written Communication - English 101 & 102 6 hrs
Oral Communication 3 hrs
Mathematics 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)

9 hrs

Competancy Areas:

Understanding Cultural Diversity (CD1 & CD2)

6 Hrs
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

Criminal Justice Program Electives: (15 hours must be in CJ)


24 Hrs

Free Electives:

Courses to bring minimum total hours earned to 121

12+ Hrs

Note:  Effective August 2010, Students may only apply nine (9) hours of experiential credit; i.e. internship, service learning, co-op, practicum, etc. toward their degree.

  • 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

For more information, contact:

Ginger Brown or Kim Hendricks

Phone: (502) 852-2686