Sep 25, 2017
Criminal Justice investigates all aspects of crime and delinquency in our society from types, incidence, prevalence and distribution to causes and remedies. It further explores the philosophy and ideology, theory and practice, structure and process, policy and programs, and problems and issues of police, courts, and corrections. Students also examine the fundamental elements of criminal and constitutional law, and develop the skills to perform, analyze and evaluate social research.
The curriculum for Criminal Justice majors who are preparing for careers is designed to provide concepts, skills, and attitudes necessary for functioning with competence and conscience. For non-career students, a wider knowledge of important issues required for involved and informed citizen participation in the criminal justice system and its operations is acquired, along with ethical considerations related to concepts of justice in contemporary society.
Requirements for the Criminal Justice Major
Criminal Justice Core: 39 Credit Hours
Required Criminal Justice Courses: 30 Credit Hours
Criminal Justice Electives: 9 Credit Hours
General Electives: 18 Credit Hours (minimum)
Electives can be chosen to meet each student’s individual needs. The criminal justice advisor will be available to assist in this process.
- A 2.000 cumulative average must be attained in these criminal justice major courses.
- CJUS 391 , Practicum in Criminal Justice, consists of supervised placement in criminal justice agencies, and CJUS 381 , Methods of Criminal Justice Research, provides exposure to applied research in the subject area.
- Criminalistics Concentration is an optional addition to the major, and it must be declared by the student to the department. As part of major, these 15 hours of criminal justice courses must be completed: CJUS 101 , CJUS 102 , CJUS 239 , CJUS 439 and CJUS 449 .
TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for B.S. Degree: 120 Credit Hours
This number assumes that the ER/S and DCR requirements are fulfilled with other core or major courses, although this is not always possible.
B.S. Criminal Justice
This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. See your academic advisor.
- CJUS 240 - Criminal Law
- Diversity Curriculum Requirement (DCR)
- Natural Science Elective
- Creative Perspectives
- Writing Intensive Elective
- Consult the “Undergraduate Core Curriculum ” requirements of the Catalog.
- * E/RS Focus Elective requirement may be used to satisfy another element of the core or the major.
- + Diversity Curriculum Requirement may be used to satisfy another element of the core or the major.
- may be used to fulfill a social science elective.
- CJUS 381 may be used to fulfill scientific perspectives requirement.
- A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the degree.