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Criminal Justice Program Information

Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Major in Criminal Justice (Major Code: CJ.AD 133; CJ.CORR 834; CJ.POLICING 835)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Criminal justice is an interdisciplinary program sponsored by political science. Students select a major track in policing, corrections (community supervision, prison, parole) or administration.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

Refer to the “University Core Curriculum” section of the catalog.

Requirements

Requirements: Transferring students into the criminal justice program may transfer the following courses: Intro to Criminal Justice (1301), Court Systems & Practices (1306), Fundamentals of Criminal Law (1310), Correctional Systems & Practices (2313), and Police systems & Practices (2328). CRIJ 3372 is required among the other required classes for this emphasis. An additional 6 hrs. of selected academic classes may be accepted upon individual review.

 

Transfer Students

Transfer students should be aware that some of the courses required for an associate degree in criminal justice may not apply to baccalaureate degree requirements.

Criminal Justice Core Requirements

  • CRIJ 1301, 1306, 1307, 1310
 Required Courses from Other Departments

All criminal justice majors must take SOCI 1301.

Administration (CJ.AD 133)

  • CRIJ 3361, 3362, 4098(6), 4340, 4350, 4354, and 4355
  • POSC 3305, 4331, 4356, SOCI4302, 4342, and 6 hours of advanced CRIJ/POSC/SOCI electives
  • *CRIJ 4098, See advisor

Corrections (CJ.CORR 834)

  • CRIJ 2313, 3332, 3361, 3362, 3372, 4098(6), 4340, and 4348
  • PSYC 2301, 3350, 4360, SOCI 4302, 4304, 4321, 4342, CRIJ 3374, and 3 hours of advanced CRIJ/POSC/SOCI electives
  • * CRIJ 4098, See advisor

Policing (CJ.POLICING 835)

  • CRIJ 2328, 3361, 3362, 4098(6), 4334, 4340, and 4348
  • PSYC 2301, 3350, 4360, SOCI 4302, 4321, 6 hours from CRIJ 3322, 3374, 4324, 4326, or SOCI 4342, and 3 hours of advanced CRIJ/POSC/SOCI electives
  • *CRIJ 4098, See advisor

For information about the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in criminal justice studies, refer to the “Graduate School” section of the catalog.

Minor in Criminal Justice

  • At least 18 hours in Criminal Justice, including 3 hours from CRIJ 1301, 1306, 1307, or 1310, and 15 advanced Criminal Justice electives

Forensic Science

Students planning careers in forensic science should consider a biotechnology major in the Dept. of Life, Earth, and Environmental Sciences with a criminal justice minor.  Suggested classes are CRIJ 1301, 1306, 3322, 3374, 4340, and 4348.

Criminal Justice Online

To view information about criminal justice program online courses, click on the link. above.

Criminal Justice Faculty Advisors