Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science

Mission

Our mission is to provide students with a high-quality liberal arts educations in the interdisciplinary field of criminal justice. We also aim to 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 of the multitude of issues, theories, policies, practices, and current challenges related to the ethical administration of justice in a free society. 

 

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What can I do with a Bachelor of Science 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. 

 

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)

Note: Criminal Justice majors normally complete a practicum (CJ 409) 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.

COMPLETION OPTIONS (20 credits)

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

Option 1: Elective 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 (Practicum). 

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 Forensic Anthropology or Juvenile Justice cannot count these courses in their minor requirements. 

Option 2: Concentration – Choose a Concentration in one of five areas: corrections, forensic anthropology, homeland security and community preparedness, juvenile justice, or law enforcement.

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Concentration Options

Corrections

Choose five courses (20 credits):

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

Forensic Anthropology

Take these five courses (20 credits): 

  • CJ 321: Principles of Forensic Investigations
  • CJ 322/ANTH 322: Forensic Anthropology
  • CJ 328/ANTH 328: Forensic Osteology
  • CJ 425: Forensics in the Media
  • CJ 443/ANTH 443: Advanced Forensic Anthropology

Homeland Security and Community Preparedness

Choose five courses (20 credits):

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

Juvenile Justice

Choose five courses (20 credits):

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

Law Enforcement

Choose five courses (20 credits):

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

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Main Office: Maaske Hall, Room 207

In-Person Office Hours: Monday, 12:30-4:30pm; Tuesday, 8:00am-12:00pm; Thursday, 8:00am-12:00pm

Online Office Hours: Available via email and phone Monday-Friday from

 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

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