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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Online Degree at The University of Louisville

General Education Minimum Requirement: 31 Hours

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program; see the General Education requirements and the courses that fulfill them. Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

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Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements

Course Hours
General 101: A&S Orientation 1
Foreign Language (completion of the second semester of a single foreign language; hours will vary depending on language taken)
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences at 300 level or above (in addition to courses counted toward General Education)
Total 13-15 

In addition to the courses listed above, two approved writing courses at the 300 level or above are required by the College of Arts & Sciences. These courses may be incorporated into other degree requirements.

Department of Criminal Justice

Students must have a minimum of 50 hours at the 300 level or above.

Course Hours
CJ 2001 Crime and Justice in the United States 3
CJ 2011 Law Enforcement in the United States 3
CJ 2021 Corrections in the United States 3
CJ 305 Criminal Behavior 3
CJ 306 Criminal Procedure 3
CJ 325 Research Design 3
CJ 326 Quantitative Analysis (fulfills QR general education requirement) 3
CJ 360 Juvenile Justice 3
CJ 395 Criminal Law and Evidence 3
CJ 485 2 Seminar in Criminal Justice 3
Criminal Justice electives3 24
Criminal Justice Total  54 
Minimum Electives 21-23
Minimum Total Hours 121

1 Fulfills General Education requirement.

2 Fulfills WR requirement.

3 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 30 hours.

Course Descriptions

CJ 200 Crime and Justice in the United States – SB

This course focuses on the various processing stages, practices, and personnel in the criminal justice system. This course examines the problem of crime in American society. Both historical and contemporary components of the system, including the police, the courts, and correctional agencies are explored. This course is designed to provide the student with a broad-based understanding of both the effects of crime upon communities as well as the criminal justice system's response to crime in our contemporary society.

CJ 201 Law Enforcement in the United States – SB

The course focuses on evolution of policing including the history, policing paradigms, police organizations, and emerging issues in policing. This course examines the role of the police in the United States. Historical and modern forms of policing will be explored. The course provides students with a broad understanding of the role and function of the police in America.

CJ 202 Corrections in the United States – SB

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the history, practices, and issues related to the correctional function in American criminal justice. Topics included are: history of prisons; inmate subcultures and institutions; correctional issues such as overcrowding, stress, sexual violence, and administrative problems. Both adult and juvenile corrections will be covered.

CJ 305 Criminal Behavior

An introduction to the theory, research, and findings of biological, psychological and sociological studies of criminality. Topics included are: the history of criminal theories; societal reactions to crime; deviant subcultures; and criminal organizations and institutions in society.

CJ 306 Criminal Procedure

A course designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the procedural aspects involved in developing and prosecuting or defending criminal cases. The course focuses on the Constitutional issues involved during the various aspects of a criminal case, from investigation to arrest through trial and appeal. The concept of due process is examined. Specific attention is focused on the rights and limitations offered the prosecution and defense under the Bill of Rights. Topics included are: lineups, searches, arrests, "stop and frisk," bail extradition, preliminary hearings, arraignment, trials, sentencing, appeals, probation, parole, and the death penalty.

CJ 325 Research Design

Prerequisite: CJ 200 or consent of instructor. An advanced study of the principles, data sources, and methods appropriate for criminal justice. Topics included are: library research; research design, sampling, scaling; questionnaire construction; and survey research, interviewing, and participant observation.

CJ 326 Quantitative Analysis – QR

Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or equivalent coursework. An introduction to the applications of quantitative research methods to the analysis of criminal justice practices and data. Emphasis is placed on the calculation, application and interpretation of statistical measures generated by computer software such as SPSS. Topics included are: measures of central tendency and dispersion; theories of probability and the normal curve; and parametric and nonparametric significance tests used in criminal justice research. Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and MATH 109, PSYC 301, SOC 301, or MGMT 201.

CJ 360 Juvenile Justice

Prerequisite: CJ 200 or consent of instructor. A study of the theories and philosophies underlying the evolution and maintenance of the juvenile justice system in America as well as the structure and processes of the contemporary juvenile justice system. Topics included are: the history of the juvenile and the legal system; issues in juvenile justice; and the roles of the police, courts, and corrections in implementing the juvenile justice model.

CJ 395 Criminal Law and Evidence

Principles of criminal liability and the legislative and judicial processes by which acts and omissions are criminalized, investigated, and prosecuted. Topics include: crimes against persons, crimes against property, victimless crimes, and white collar crime. Exploration of issues related to legal capacity, defenses, and insanity. State and federal criminal rules of evidence identified and used to explain specific evidentiary issues relating to criminal law.

CJ 485 Seminar in Criminal Justice - WR; CUE

Prerequisite: CJ 200, CJ 325, and CJ 326; senior standing or consent of instructor. Senior level seminar designed to explore and discuss issues, problems, and challenges in the administration and management of criminal justice organizations. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).

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