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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Criminal justice is an integrated major with required coursework in the core disciplines that provide the theoretical and methodological roots of contemporary criminological inquiry, as well as applied coursework in criminal justice. The program is designed to provide an academic foundation appropriate for an educated citizen as well as particular specializations and certifications for career preparation.

What will I study?

Required Courses:

Introduction (5 credits)

CRIM 300 Introduction to Criminal Justice (5)

Foundation Courses (15 credits)

SOCI 301 Survey of Criminology (5) 
CSBS 320 Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences (5)
CSBS 330 Integrated Social Science Methods (5)
or SOCI 357 A Methodology for Social Research (5)

Disciplinary Core Courses (25 credits)

PHIL 212 Introductory Ethics (5) 
or CRIM 340 Ethics in Criminal Justice (5)
CRIM 382 Criminal Justice Organization and Administration (5)
GOVT 306 Basic Concepts of Criminal Law (5)
PSYC 302 Abnormal Psychology(5)
CRIM 490 Criminal Justice Senior Capstone (5)

Specialty Areas Electives - 30 Credits 

Please note: other courses may be selected as approved by a departmental advisor. For the Law Enforcement/Corrections and Social Justice areas students are highly encouraged to do an internship as one of their electives.

Recommended (But Not Required) if Interested in Law Enforcement/Corrections 

ADST 300 Survey of Alcohol/Drug Problems (4)
CRIM 304 Forensic Inquiry (5)
CRIM 307 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (Forensic Photography) (2)
CRIM 404 Forensic Identification (4)
CRIM 460 Penology (5)
CRIM 468 Police Systems and Practices (5)
CRIM 495 Internship in Criminal Justice (6)
GEOG 328 Geographic Information Systems (5)
GOVT 302 Criminal Procedure (5)
PSYC 425 Psychology and the Legal System (5)

Recommended (But Not Required) if Interested in Graduate School

CRIM 302 Criminal Justice Systems and Development (5)
CRIM 416 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (5)
CSBS 321 Computer Aided Data Analysis (4)
GEOG 328 Geographic Information Systems I (5)
GOVT 305 Jurisprudence (5)
PSYC 425 Psychology and the Legal System (5)
SOCI 363 Sociology of Deviance (5)
SOCI 455 Criminology (5)

Recommended (But Not Required) if Interested in Social Justice

PSYC 305 Child and Adolescent Development (4)
CRIM 360 Women in Prison (5)
CRIM 420 Peacemaking Criminology (5)
CRIM 421 Restorative Justice (5)
CRIM 495 Internship in Criminal Justice (6)
ANTH 438 Peace, Violence and Culture (5)
SOCI 452 Juvenile Delinquency (5)
SOCI 455 Criminological Theory (5)

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • be able to understand and apply various methodological and theoretical approaches for conducting research and evaluation with regard to criminal justice practices and policies;
  • be able to engage in critical inquiry of criminal justice institutions, practices and policies which explores their benefits and consequences for social justice and equity;
  • demonstrate mastery of theories of criminology and deviance, a strong understanding of the correlates of crime and be able to make clear links between theoretical and applied contexts;
  • demonstrate an awareness of the systems, processes and relationships between components which comprise the criminal justice system (courts/law, law enforcement and corrections).
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