Criminal justice is both a professional and a liberal arts program. Specifically, the criminal justice major consists of three components: non-criminal justice courses (corequisites), many in related liberal arts disciplines, which can be taken during the first two years of college; criminal justice proficiency courses; and criminal justice electives, which can be grouped into specialty areas or not, at the student’s option.
Students in the Criminal Justice major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.
I. General Education Program courses required of all bachelor of science students.
II. Corequisite Courses (Required)
- SOC100 Introduction to Sociology
- PLS110 Introduction to American Politics
AND ONE of the following:
- PSH110 General Psychology
- PSH112 General Psychology with Lab
Minorities Course - variety of interdisciplinary offerings.
Statistics - variety of interdisciplinary offerings.
Two upper-division (300/400 level) courses in sociology, psychology or political science.
III. Criminal Justice Core Proficiencies (required)*
- CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
- CRJ203 The Police Process
- CRJ207 The Corrections Process
- CRJ471 Research Methods
- CRJ494 Criminology
AND ONE of the following:
- CRJ205 Criminal Courts and Law
- CRJ305 The Adjudication Process
- PLS320 Law and Legal Process
IV. Criminal Justice Electives (choose 6)*
- CRJ304 Investigations
- CRJ311 Criminal Law
- CRJ313 Constitutional Criminal procedure
- CRJ323 White Collar Crime
- CRJ331 Community Based Corrections
- CRJ343 Juvenile Justice Process
- CRJ365 Terrorism
- CRJ371 Introduction to Forensic Science
- CRJ375 Forensic Law
- CRJ431 Crime Prevention
- CRJ434 Security Administration
- CRJ451 International Criminal Justice
- CRJ477 Family Violence
- CRJ479 Victimology
- CRJ481 Women and Criminal Justice
- CRJ485 Issues in Juvenile Justice
- CRJ489 Problems in Policing
- CRJ490 Internship in Criminal Justice
- CRJ491.01 GIS/Crime Mapping
- CRJ491.02 Race and Crime
- CRJ491.03 Death Penalty
- CRJ499 Independent Study in Criminal Justice
*Grade of C or above required.
Student Learning OutcomesSLO #1: Understand how crime is defined and measured.
SLO #2: Develop a sound understanding of the causes of crime and society's response to crime.
SLO #3: Understand the organization and processes of the major components of the criminal justice system.
SLO #4: Be able to apply critical thinking when evaluating issues in criminology and criminal justice.
SLO #5: Develop skills in expressing themselves clearly and coherently in oral and written language.
SLO #6: Understand some of the important ethical and cultural competencies required by those who wish to work in the criminal justice area.