Criminal Justice

The broadfield major in criminal justice is designed for students who wish to receive the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.  The curriculum has a multi-disciplinary foundation, is social science oriented, is academic in content, and emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills essential for a broad understanding of the criminal justice system.  The objective of the major is to prepare students for entry level positions in law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts, community based corrections, institutional corrections, and other related fields.

Criminal Justice students may participate in the annual Mock Trial.

Required core courses

24 semester hours from:

  • CJ 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Hours: 3
  • CJ 201 - Police and Law Enforcement Hours: 3
  • CJ 326 - Juvenile Delinquency Hours: 3
  • CJ 330 - Crime and Criminology Hours: 3
  • CJ 301 - Criminal Investigation Hours: 3 or CHEM 302 - Introductory Criminalistics
  • CJ 430 - Courts and Criminal Procedure Hours: 3 or
    CJ 431 - Criminal Law
  • CJ 468 - Correctional Systems Hours: 3 or
    CJ 478 - Community-Based Corrections
  • CJ 470 - Criminal Justice Internship I Hours: 3 or
    CJ 480 - Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

Required support courses

22 semester hours from:
  • ANTH 2351 - World Cultures: Perspectives from Anthropology Hours: 3
  • SOC 1301 - Introduction to Sociology Hours: 3
  • SOC 320 - Deviant Behavior Hours: 3
  • SOC 331 - Introduction to Social Research Hours: 3
  • SOC 332 - Methods of Sociological Analysis Hours: 4
  • SOC 370 - Minority Groups Hours: 3
  • PSY 316 - Abnormal Psychology Hours: 3 or
    PSY 317 - Psychology of Personality
    or
    PSY 322 - Lifespan Development
    or
    PSY 339 - Forensic Psychology

Electives

A second major or a minor is not required for students electing this major.
12 semester hours from:
  • CJ 360 - Mass Media and Crime Hours: 3
  • CJ 420 - Crime Profiling Hours: 3
  • CJ 430 - Courts and Criminal Procedure Hours: 3 or
    CJ 431 - Criminal Law
  • CJ 470 - Criminal Justice Internship I Hours: 3 or
    CJ 480 - Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
    (whichever of the two is not taken as core)
  • CJ 468 - Correctional Systems Hours: 3 or
    CJ 478 - Community-Based Corrections
    (whichever of the two is not taken as core)
  • CJ 488 - Ethics in Criminal Justice Hours: 3
  • CJ 497 - Special Topics Hours: 3
  • PSCI 223 - Legal Research Hours: 3
  • PSCI 325 - Family Law Hours: 3
  • PSCI 342 - Introduction to Global Public Policy Hours: 3
  • SPA 131 - Elementary Spanish I Hours: 3
  • Also, any 300-400 level SOC course. Except: SOC 320, 331, 332, 370, and 485