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Requirements for Criminal Justice Major

Criminal Justice majors must complete the following social science core, in addition to completing core curriculum requirements:

POS 110 American Political Process (3 crs)
INS 111 World Community  (3 crs)
SSC 327 Research Methods  (3 crs)
SSC 415 Statistical Analysis  (3 crs) 
SSC 488 Senior Thesis  (3 crs)
SSC 489 Senior Seminar  (3 crs)
   Total  (18 crs)

In addition to completing the core curriculum and social science core requirements (including senior thesis and seminar and the comprehensive oral examination in SSC 488, 489), all criminal justice majors must complete the following courses:

CRJ 111 Survey of Criminology   (3 crs)
CRJ 112 Introduction to the Criminal Justice 
            System    (3 crs)
CRJ 325 Theoretical Criminology  (3 crs)
CRJ 410 Ethical and Philosophic Issues in 
                 Criminal Justice   (3 crs)
CRJ 473 Internship    (3 crs)
  Five (5) Approved Electives  (15 crs)
   Total   (30  crs)

Special Note on Elective:

The criminal justice elective must be approved by the Department Contact Person. The following are recommended: CRJ 212 Criminal Law and Procedure; CRJ 215 Law Enforcement; CRJ 312 Juvenile Justice System; CRJ 317 Survey of Court Operation and Organization; CRJ 318 Occupational Crime; CRJ 321 Corrections; CRJ 327 Comparative Systems of Justice and Social Control; CRJ 340 Issues in Criminal Justice; CRJ 421 Theories of Management and Administration in Criminal Justice Organizations. Other courses offered in the Social Science discipline may also satisfy this requirement including: POS 241 Public Policy, POS 242 State and Local Government, POS 329 Constitutional Law, and POS 330 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

Requirements for Criminal Justice Minor

Criminal justice minors must complete a) CRJ 111 Criminology; b) CRJ 112 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System; c) and four (4) approved criminal justice electives.

What courses will I take?

Your course work will fall into three broad areas:

  1. required classes and electives for your Criminal Justice major
  2. core classes that all students take, and
  3. free electives

Your main classes focus on mastering the content and technical expertise of the criminal justice field, and comprehending science, methodology, and management principles. All Criminal Justice majors complete basic classes emphasizing an understanding of crime and criminality, the criminal justice system, and the ethical and philosophical issues related to criminal justice. The importance of communication, leadership, and decision-making skills are stressed throughout the curriculum. you will then choose electives that will focus on the area of criminal justice that is most attractive to you. For example, you may want to concentrate in the area of law enforcement, or juvenile justice, or law, or corrections, or corporate security. Each concentration will allow you to choose specific electives that stress that particular area. A typical course schedule may look like the following:

FYS 101 (1) RST Core (3)
MOL Core (3) POS 110 (3)
CRJ 111 (3) CRJ Elective (3)
ENG Core (3) PHI Core (3)
MAT/CSC  Core (3) ENG Core (3)
HIS Core (3)
MOL Core (3) CRJ Elective (3)
HIS Core (3) Core  (12)           
CRJ 112 (3)             
ENG Core (3)
INS 111 (3)
Total Credits    (31)                              (30)

RST Core (3) SSC    415,488,489 (9)
SCI Core (3) CRJ 473 (3) 
CRJ 325 (3) CRJ 410 (3)
PHI 205 Core (3) CRJ Elective (3)
CRJ Elective (3) Core  (12)
RST/PHI Core (3)
CSC/MAT/SCI  Core (3)
SSC 327 (3)
CRJ Electives (6)
Total Credits (30)   (30)

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