Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice
Major in Criminal Justice (Major Code: 133)
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.
Students transferring into the criminal justice program may transfer the following courses: Introduction to Criminal Justice (CRIJ 1301), Court Systems and Practices (CRIJ 1306), Fundamentals of Criminal Law (CRIJ 1310), Correctional Systems and Practices (CRIJ 2313) and Police Systems and Practices (CRIJ 2328). Those in corrections must take CRIJ 3372 in lieu of CRIJ 3370 among the required criminal justice classes for this emphasis. An additional six hours of selected academic classes may be accepted upon individual review.
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 Criminal Justice Courses for Emphasis Administration
- CRIJ 3362, 4098(6), 4340, 4348, 4350, 4353,4354, and 4355
- CRIJ 3332, 3362, 3370, 3384 or PSYC 4324, 4098 (6), 4340 and 4348
- CRIJ 2328, 3362, 4098 (6), 4334, 4340 and 4348
Required Courses from Other Departments
All criminal justice majors must take SOCI 1301.
- POSC 4331
- SOCI 4321
- Nine semester hours from ACCT 2301, CRIJ/SOCI 3370, POSC 3305, 4352, SOCI 4302
- Advanced CRIJ/POSC/SOCI elective
- PSYC 2301, 3350, 3360, 4324 or SES 3316
- SOCI 4302, 4304, 4321
- Six hours from CRIJ/SOCI 3372, CRIJ 3374 or SOCI 4342 or three advanced hours from CRIJ,/POSC/SOCI
- POSC—three advanced hours
- PSYC 2301, 3350, 3360
- SOCI 4302, 4321
- Six hours from CRIJ 3322, 3374, 4324, 4326, or SOCI 4342
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 three hours from CRIJ 1301, 1306, 1307 or 1310, and 15 advanced criminal justice electives.
Students planning careers in forensic science should consider a biotechnology major in the Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences with a criminal justice minor. The following courses are recommended for the minor: CRIJ 1301, 1306, 3322, 3374, 4340, 4348.
Criminal Justice Scholarships
To view information about scholarships for criminal justice students, click on the link above.
Criminal Justice Online
To view information about criminal justice program online courses, click on the link. above.
Criminal Justice Faculty Advisors