Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice & Criminology program provides undergraduate students with a high quality criminal justice education to prepare them for future success in:

  • Public Service (i.e. law enforcement, courts and administration, probation, parole, jails and prisons, juvenile justice, victims' services, and training/teaching);
  • Law School;
  • Graduate School; or
  • Private Sector (i.e. loss prevention/security and corrections).

A unique contribution of the program is to develop students' intellectual abilities, critical thinking skills, research skills, language/communication skills, and problem solving skills within a broad based exposure to the study of the law, the legal system, and the practical realities of how social, economic, and political contexts influence the roles of professionals/practitioners and also the operation of the criminal justice system. The Criminal Justice & Criminology program is also committed to:

  • applied and basic research;
  • leadership in public service to the community;
  • educating students in forensic applications and technological integration; and
  • developing insight into multicultural and global issues.

Declaring a Major

Declaration of your major should be done as soon as possible to insure that you are taking the required courses for graduation. To declare a major, go to the College of Science Office, Science Building 270, and fill out a Declaration of Major Form. At that time you will be assigned an advisor. You should meet with your advisor as soon as possible after declaring your major. Before you meet with your advisor, print out a Criminal Justice Advising Sheet for your catalog and fill out the courses you have taken and are taking. This will help with your scheduling of classes and career advising.

Academic Requirements

A candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice must fulfill the general education requirement of the College of Science (with the exception of calculus1), as well as the degree requirements of the Department of Integrated Science and Technology, and the specific requirements listed below for the major in Criminal Justice.
1Currently MTH 121 and MTH 130 (or MTH 127 or higher) fulfill the College of Science requirement for math. (Effective Spring 2014, MTH 160 will fulfill the math requirement.)

A major in criminal justice consists of 36 total credits: 12 credits of Core CJ Requirements and 24 credits of CJ electives, selected by the student in consultation with a CJC Advisor. With these electives, students can craft a program of study that suits their interests and career goals. We have identified three primary areas (Law Enforcement, Legal Studies, and Corrections) in which students may wish to focus their elective choices and identified eight suggested courses in each area that students may wish to select. Students interested in a more generalized major should choose eight elective courses that suit their needs and career goals. Please see the Course Descriptions section below to determine which courses have prerequisites.

CJ Core Requirements (12 cr.)

  • CJ 200: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr.)
  • CJ 302: Criminal Justice Research Methods (3 cr., prerequisite: CJ 200)
  • CJ 404: Theoretical Criminology (3cr., prerequisite: CJ 200)
  • CJ 492: Senior Seminar (3 cr., prerequisites: CJ 200, CJ 302, CJ 404)

CJ Electives (24 cr.)

Suggested Electives for Students Interested in Law Enforcement: CJ 211, CJ 312, CJ 314, CJ 323, CJ 400, CJ 406, CJ 410, and CJ 490. Other options may include, but are not limited to: CJ 241, CJ 300, CJ 316, CJ 322, CJ 325, CJ 326, CJ 340, CJ 351, CJ 426, CJ 440, and Special Topics.

Suggested Electives for Students Interested in Legal Studies: CJ 221, CJ 223, CJ 322, CJ 323, CJ 421, CJ 422, CJ 423, and CJ 490. Other options may include, but are not limited to: CJ 241, CJ 316, CJ 325, CJ 326, CJ 400, CJ 406, CJ 426, CJ 440, and Special Topics.

Suggested Electives for Students Interested in Corrections: CJ 231, CJ 325, CJ 331, CJ 400, CJ 406, CJ 421, CJ 433, and CJ 490. Other options may include, but are not limited to: CJ 241, CJ 300, CJ 332, CJ 340, CJ 426, and Special Topics.

Undergraduate Criminal Justice (CJ) Course Descriptions

CJ 200: Introduction to Criminal Justice. 3 hrs.
This survey course examines the various components of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Students will be introduced to various criminal justice agencies and career possibilities.
CJ 211: Introduction to Law Enforcement. 3 hrs.
Designed to examine the philosophical and historical background of law enforcement in the United States. Addresses constitutional limitations on law enforcement, objectives of law enforcement, and processes of law enforcement.
CJ 221: Introduction to Criminal Courts. 3 hrs.
This course addresses the evolution of current functioning of the American criminal court system. Students are exposed to court administration, court procedures, and the state and federal court system.
CJ 223: Introduction to Legal Research. 3 hrs.
An introduction to the process and strategies involved in legal research. Students will develop an understanding of the sources of legal information and judgment in selecting appropriate sources and formats for specific projects.
CJ 231: Introduction to Corrections. 3 hrs.
Basic course in the American correctional system; study of the history of corrections, philosophy of punishment and correction, correctional institutions, programs, and services, and contemporary issues and problems.
CJ 241: Victims of Crime. 3 hrs.
Examines victims of crime, the process and consequences of victimization. Also covered are victims’ rights and services available for victims and victim compensation.
CJ 280-283: Special Topics. 1-4 hrs.
Lower-level, specialized courses of contemporary interest.
CJ 300: Administration of Criminal Justice. 3 hrs.
This course provides an analysis of the theories of organization and the administration of criminal justice agencies, including management styles, techniques of leadership, and decision-making. (PR: CJ 200)
CJ 302: Criminal Justice Research Methods. 3 hrs.
Logic of social research methods, survey research, methods of evaluation, sampling, and the contrast between qualitative and quantitative Criminal Justic research. (PR: CJ 200)
CJ 312: Criminal Investigation. 3 hrs.
Investigation methodology, relations of the detective with other police divisions; modus operandi; sources of information; surveillance, interrogation, follow-up procedures. (PR: CJ 211)
CJ 314: Crime Scene Investigation. 3 hrs.
This course exposes students to crime scene evidence, collection techniques, and the various uses of modern technology in preserving and analyzing evidence. (PR: CJ 211)
CJ 316: Terrorism. 3 hrs.
Provides students with a working knowledge of the history of terrorism, the current status of terrorist groups, terrorism tactics, and methods to counteract terrorism.
CJ 322: Criminal Law. 3 hrs.
History and development of criminal law, elements of a crime, parties to a crime, types of offenses. (PR: CJ 200)
CJ 323: Criminal Procedure. 3 hrs.
Admissibility of evidence and confessions, recent civil rights decisions, reconciling individual rights and community interest in law and order. (PR: CJ 200)
CJ 325: Juvenile Justice. 3 hrs.
Study of the historical development, legal foundations, and present institutions, programs, and services in the juvenile justice system. (PR: CJ 200)
CJ 326: Computer Crime. 3 hrs.
Students will identify and define criminal acts committed with computers or directed toward computer systems, electronic search and seizure and electronic evidence.
CJ 331: Probation and Parole. 3 hrs.
Supervision of offenders in the community, including history, philosophy, legal foundations, strategies, professional roles and contemporary models, programs, and services. (PR: CJ 231)
CJ 332: Correctional Rehabilitation. 3 hrs.
Examines the theories, treatment strategies, and the role of the correctional counselor. Special emphasis is given to the topics of classification, development of treatment plans, and principles of effective intervention. (PR: CJ 231)
CJ 340: Drugs and Crime. 3 hrs.
Examines the history and consequences of mind-altering drugs, and criminal behavior as it is affected by drugs, the legal response to substance abuse, treatment and prevention of substance abuse.
CJ 351: Principles of Crime Prevention. 3 hrs.
This course examines the theory, operation, and evaluation of crime prevention as a function of the criminal justice system. (PR: CJ 200)
CJ 400: Applied Ethics in Criminal Justice. 3 hrs.
Examines ethical issues and moral dilemmas faced by criminal justice professionals. Traditional ethical theories and practices designed to foster public trust in the criminal justice system are examined and applied. (PR: CJ 200)
CJ 401: Teaching & Training in Criminal Justice. 3 hrs.
Students examine various theories and techniques used in teaching and training criminal justice professionals, develop lesson plans, and use technology based presentation media to present information. (PR: CJ 200)
CJ 404: Theoretical Criminology. 3 hrs.
A critical analysis of the major criminological theories and their empirical foundations. Current theory and research receive greater emphasis than historical development. (PR: CJ 200)
CJ 406: Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Crime. 3 hrs.
Examines the impact of race, ethnicity, and culture within the criminal justice system. Explores minorities and women as victims, witnesses, and offenders. (PR: CJ 200)
CJ 410: Police Administration. 3 hrs.
This course studies the functions and activities of police agencies, including police department organizations and responsibilities of police administrators. Current administrative and management techniques and theories are also explored. (PR: CJ 211)
CJ 421: Corrections and the Law. 3 hrs.
Review of legal principles relating to convicted criminals, including plea negotiations, sentencing, post-conviction remedies, constitutional rights of inmates, and conditions of confinement. (PR: CJ 200)
CJ 422: Law of Evidence. 3 hrs.
Leading rules and principles of exclusion and selection; burden of proof, nature and effect of presumptions; proof of authenticity and contents of writings; examinations, competency and privilege of witnesses. (PR: CJ 200)
CJ 423: Advanced Legal Research and Writing. 3 hrs.
Gives the student additional experience in legal research and introduces the skills required in drafting legal documents. (PR: CJ 200 and CJ 223 or permission)
CJ 426: Civil Liability Issues in Criminal Justice. 3 hrs.
This course examines various theories of civil liability that relate to Criminal Justice professionals, the civil justice system, and preventing and defending civil liability claims.
CJ 433: Correctional Administration. 3 hrs.
Objectives of correctional institutions; records, personnel program development, security, educational programs. (PR: CJ 231)
CJ 440: Criminal Justice Response to Domestic Violence. 3 hrs.
This course focuses on the legal response to child abuse, domestic violence, and elder abuse. Examines dynamics of abusive relationships, the effects of victimization, and current research on these issues.
CJ 450: Business and Industry Security. 3 hrs.
Selection, training and staffing of a security force; security devices available; techniques of internal security; ground security; security techniques applicable to personnel selection; legal problems. Criminal Justice majors only. (PR: CJ 211)
CJ 453: Seminar in Crime Prevention. 3 hrs.
This course examines theory, operation, and evaluation of crime prevention as a function of the criminal justice system. Techniques for crime prevention are analyzed from various orientations, including environmental design. (PR: CJ 351)
CJ 480-483: Special Topics. 1-4 hrs.
Specialized courses of contemporary interest. (PR: Consent of the instructor)
CJ 485-488: Independent Study 1-4 hrs.
This course permits the student to undertake supervised research (field or library) in any area where there is no appropriate course. (PR: Consent of the instructor)
CJ 490: Internship. 1-6 hrs.
The placement of an individual into a criminal justice agency (police, probation, courts, jails) to observe and participate in its operation. Grading is CR/NC only. (PR: Consent of the instructor; GPA of 2.5 or better)
CJ 492: Senior Seminar. 3 hrs.
Capstone course. Integrates and applies material learned in the program of study. Serves as a culminating experience in which students demonstrate what they have learned in the classroom. (PR: Senior status, CJ 200, CJ 302, CJ 404)
CJ 495H-496H: Readings for Honors in Criminal Justice. 2-4 hrs.
Open to criminal justice majors of outstanding ability. Study may deal with any aspect of criminal justice. Wide reading and comprehensive understanding of the subject are required. (PR: Consent of department chairman.) See Honors Courses.
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