About Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice major enables students to:

  • Plan careers within the field of Criminal Justice after developing an understanding of basic principles relative to the field of Criminal Justice;
  • Build a solid base of knowledge from which to draw in the performance of their work in the field of Criminal Justice;
  • Refine their oral and written communication skills appropriate to the level of academic achievement and the Criminal Justice employment opportunities sought by them;
  • Gain a wider and deeper understanding of the society in which they will perform their duties and of the societal issues that contribute to and influence the work they will perform as Criminal Justice practitioners;
  • Gain practical experience and insight into the Criminal Justice system;
  • Realistically assess the requirements of a specific Criminal Justice career and their interests, aptitudes, desires, and abilities as well as build a substantial foundation on which to form their future professional lives.

Criminal Justice Curriculum

A major in Criminal Justice requires 43 - 46 credits consisting of:

Program Pre/Co-requisites:

  • SOC 111 or 112 – grade of C or higher

SCJ Core: 27 - 30 Credits

  • SCJ 120 Writing Proficiency in Criminal Justice (3)
    (required only for students entering with ACT of 15 or lower in English or SAT 420 or lower)
  • SCJ 110 Intro to Criminal Justice (3)
  • SCJ 210 Intro to Law Enforcement (3)
  • SCJ 211 Criminal Law (3)
  • SCJ 212 Criminal Procedures (3)
  • SCJ 215 Court Systems and Judicial Process (3)
  • SCJ 225 Corrections (3)
  • SCJ 231 Criminology (3)
  • SCJ 313 Intro to Constitutional Law (3)
  • SCJ 495 Senior Seminar: Ethical and Contemporary Issues in CJ (3)

SCJ Electives: 9 credits (of no less than 200 level)

  • From any SCJ course not already applied towards another category. 
  • One 3 credit 200 level SOC course may be applied (so long as it is not used for another category, such as Sociology Foundation).

Sociological Perspective: 3 credits

PICK ONE (3 cr):

  • SCJ 217 Gender, Race, Ethnicity & CJ (3)
  • SOC 311 Inequalities of Race, Class, Gender (3)
  • SOC 331 Social Stratification (3)
  • SOC 336 Social Theory (3)
  • SCJ 317 Human Rights and Civil Liberties (3)

Practicum: 4 credits

  • PRF 201 Career Planning (1)

PICK ONE (3 cr) (or approved department substitution):

  • SCJ 485 Internship (3)
  • SCJ 491 Independent Research (3)
  • SCJ 333 Moot Court (3)
  • SCJ 304 Mediation Team (1 cr., repeatable for up to 3 credits)

A Minor in Criminal Justice: 21-24  credits

Program Pre/Co-requisites:

  • SOC 111 or 112 – grade of C or higher
  • SCJ 120 Writing Proficiency in Criminal Justice (ACT of 15 or lower in English or SAT 420 or lower)

Required Courses: 15 credits

  • SCJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • SCJ 210 Intro to Law Enforcement
  • SCJ 211 Criminal Law
  • SCJ 225 Corrections
  • SCJ 231 Criminology
  • And 6 credits of Criminal Justice electives (no less than 200 level)

Students majoring or minoring in Criminal Justice must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in all criminal justice coursework.

A major or minor in Criminal Justice prepares graduates for effective participation in a variety of public and private sector careers in areas such as police, courts and corrections. They will also be prepared for jobs in community service, mental health services and human services. Students may also seek careers as researchers and/or university teachers by continuing study at a graduate level. The study of Criminal Justice provides an excellent background for graduate programs in law, criminal justice, social work and other related disciplines. The department offers the BA degree.