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Required Courses in the Freshman Year

First Semester     Second Semester
  • CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Co-requisites
  • CRJ 207 Corrections Process or CRJ 203 Police Process
  • Co-requisites

The General Education Program should be completed within the freshman and sophomore year with the exception of the Contemporary Issues requirement that should be completed within the junior or senior year.

Required Courses in the Sophomore Year

First Semester Second Semester
  • CRJ 203 Police Process or CRJ 207
  • Ethnic Minorities course
  • Finish co-requisites
  • Finish General Education
  • CRJ 205 Criminal Law and the Courts or PLS 320 Law and Legal Process
  • CRJ 494 Criminology or CRJ 343 Juvenile Justice Process
  • Introductory level statistics course (SOC 200, ECN 204, MTH 243, PLS 300, PSH 202) Finish General Education

NOTE: A “C” or better is required for all courses in the major.

Co-requisite Courses which are also General Education Courses

Social Science Gen-Ed

  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (AS)
  • PLS 113 American Politics (ASDC)

Natural Science without Lab Gen-Ed

  • PSH 110 Principles of Psychology (AN)

Mathematics Gen-Ed

  • Any of the introductory level statistics courses


Further Recommendations

First, because all of criminal justice involves working with people through people (clients and professionals) it is beneficial to the student to know as much about themselves as possible. It is equally important for them to understand other individuals’ behavior.

Second, because much of criminal justice is operated through government agencies, a broad understanding of the political process and law is helpful. Special emphasis is often given regarding the importance of training in other complementary subjects including: tax, finance, Spanish and all sciences. Finally, a major difficulty is that students often have not fully developed their fundamental communication skills. These skills will be necessary for success in the upper division major courses and in the field where many reports must be written. Students wishing to specialize in security administration should take as many relevant courses as possible in business administration and computer science.

Last Updated 8/19/19

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