Criminal Justice Programs

Requirements for a BS in Criminal Justice (128 hours)
Students must complete requirements outlined in:

I. General Education Requirements
II. Major Requirements
III. Electives


I. General education credits (46)

Students must complete the Foundations and Perspectives General Education course requirements.

The Foundations:
FYS111 First Year Seminar 1 - 3 credits
FYS112 First Year Seminar 2 - 3 credits
ENG 111 and ENG 112 College Composition 6 credits or ENG113 Advanced College Composition (by placement only) - 3 credits
HEA111 Health, Wellness, Fitness - 3 credits
Practicum (met by a major requirement) - 3 credits

The Perspectives:
Aesthetics Perspective minimum hours from the options - 3 credits
Global Perspective minimum hours from the options - 3 credits
Humanities Perspective minimum hours from the options /two disciplines - 6 credits
Ideas & Innovations - US minimum hours from the options - 3 credits
Ideas & Innovations - World minimum hours from the options - 3 credits
Natural Science Perspectives minimum hours from the options - 4 credits
Quantitative Reasoning Perspective: MTH 107 Finite Mathematics - 3 credits
Social Science Perspective minimum hours from the options - 3 credits

II. Major requirements (45)

Core courses (27)
Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJ 111) 3
Criminology (CJ 112) 3
Courts and Criminal Justice (CJ 113) 3
Policing in America (CJ 210) 3
Introduction to Corrections (CJ 230) 3
Research Methods for the Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
(SOC/CJ 219)
Social and Behavioral Science Statistics (BSS/CJ/SOC 220) 3
Ethics in Criminal Justice (CJ 300) 3
Senior Seminar (CJ 470) 3

Criminal justice electives 12
(6 of which must be at the 400 level; and an additional 6 credits)

Supporting courses 6
From the social sciences other than criminal justice (sociology, psychology or political science) (3 may be at either the 100 or 200 level; at least 3 must be at the 300 or 400 level)

III. Electives outside the major 37
To be taken in consultation with adviser (allowing the student to concentrate in some second or third area of study)

Students may choose to meet the elective hours required by completing a second major or minor.

The maximum number of credit hours in Criminal Justice that may be earned and counted toward the graduation requirement is 45.

The Minor in Criminal Justice
Students desiring a minor in criminal justice will complete at least 18 semester hours of coursework in criminal justice. The following courses must be completed by students wishing to minor in criminal justice:

Courses Credits

CJ 111 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ 112 Criminology 3
CJ 300 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CJ Electives (must be at the 300 or 400 level) 9