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Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science

MISSION

Our mission is to provide students with a high-quality liberal arts education in the interdisciplinary field of criminal justice. Maintain a network of local, state, federal and academic institutions through outreach and research. Criminal Justice majors are prepared to engage in civic endeavors and to assume field positions in criminal justice and social service agencies or enter graduate programs.

What is Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice is the study the multitude of issues, theories, policies, practices and current challenges related to the ethical administration of justice in a free society.

What can I do with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice?

Criminal Justice majors are prepared to engage in civic endeavors and to assume field positions in criminal justice and social service agencies or enter graduate programs.

Graduates of the program will be well prepared for traditional and emerging positions related to prevention, investigation, and enforcement of crime generally, and cyber-related crimes more specifically.

Criminal Justice Degree Plan

CRIMINAL JUSTICE CORE COURSES (52-56 CREDITS)

  • CJ 213 Introduction to Criminal Justice (4)
  • CJ 214 The Juvenile Justice System (4)
  • CJ 219 Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice (4)
  • CJ 252 American Courts (4)
  • CJ 267 Social Research Writing (4)
  • CJ 327 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (4)
  • CJ 331 Police and Community: Policy Perspective (4)
  • CJ 427 Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice (4)
  • CJ 445 Race and Social Justice (4)
  • CJ 450 Criminology (4)
  • CJ 453 Corrections (4)
  • CJ 407 Senior Capstone Seminar (4)
  • CJ 409 Practicum (4-8)

COMPLETION OPTIONS

There are two options to complete your degree based on your chosen degree type. Choose between Elective Credits or a Concentration

OPTION 1 (20 CREDITS)

Select 20 upper division credits from criminal justice electives or any combination of social science courses. This may include an additional 4 credits of CJ 409.

A variety of criminal justice electives are scheduled each term representative of a diverse spectrum of criminal justice interests.

Students not pursuing a concentration and electing to take a minor in Homeland Security and Community Preparedness, Forensic Anthropology, or Juvenile Justice cannot count these courses in their minor requirements.

Students pursuing a concentration may not also pursue a minor in their chosen concentration.

OPTION 2 (20 CREDITS)

Choose a Concentration in one of five areas: corrections, forensic anthropology, homeland security and community preparedness, juvenile justice, or law enforcement.

Note: Criminal Justice majors normally complete a practicum as part of their degree. Students must have an overall GPA of 2.67 in order to participate in a practicum. Students who do not have a GPA of 2.67 by their senior year, must either petition to partake in a practicum, or, in consultation with their faculty adviser, select classes that will be substituted for their practicum credits.

Concentration Options

Corrections Concentration

Handcuffs, judge gavel, and scale.

Choose 5 courses:

  • CJ 310 Report Writing (4)
  • CJ 435 Gender, Crime and Justice (4)
  • CJ 436 Minorities, Crime, Social Policy and Social Control (4)
  • CJ 438 Native Americans, Culture and the Criminal Justice System (4)
  • CJ 444 Restorative Justice (4)
  • CJ 449 Youth Gangs in American Society (4)
  • CJ 452 Criminal Procedure (4)
  • CJ 454 Parole and Probation (4)
  • CJ 455 Correctional Casework and Counseling (4)
  • CJ 457 Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change (4)

Forensic Anthropology Concentration

Picture of tray of bone samples and manipulatives.
  • CJ 321 Principles of Forensic Investigations (4)
  • CJ 322/ANTH 322 Forensic Anthropology (4)
  • CJ 328/ANTH 328 Forensic Osteology (4)
  • CJ 415 Forensics in the Media (4)
  • CJ 443/ANTH 443 Advanced Forensic Anthropology (4)

Homeland Security and Community Preparedness Concentration

People with arms up in the air holding signs

Choose 5 courses:

  • CJ 220 Introduction to Homeland Security (4)
  • CJ 320 Operations Administration in Homeland Security Practices (4)
  • CJ 420 Leadership in Homeland Security (4)
  • CJ 421 Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice (4)
  • CJ 425 Program Evaluation/Participation (4)
  • CJ 437 Comparative International Homeland Security Programs (4)
  • CJ 438: Native Americans, Culture and the Criminal Justice System (4)

Juvenile Justice Concentration

Breaking out of bars

Choose 5 courses:

  • CJ 411 Families and Youth Crime (4)
  • CJ 444 Restorative Justice (4)
  • CJ 449 Youth Gangs in American Society (4)
  • CJ 451 Youth, Crime and Society (4)
  • CJ 461 Youth Immigration and Crime (4)
  • CJ 463 Topics on Juvenile Issues (4)

Law Enforcement Concentration

Police Car Overhead LIghts

Choose 5 courses:

  • CJ 310 Report Writing (4)
  • CJ 351 Police Organization and Administration (4)
  • CJ 423 Management of Law Enforcement Organizations (4)
  • CJ 436 Minorities, Crime, Social Policy and Social Control (4)
  • CJ 446 Race and American Law Enforcement (4)
  • CJ 456 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

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