Criminal Justice, B.S.

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(45 credits)

The Bachelor of Science  in Criminal Justice, under the Department of Sociology, is designed to  prepare students for employment in those social services and criminal justice sectors which directly support police and government law enforcement efforts. The program will also prepare them for graduate work in these fields. The focus of the major will be to ensure that students understand the criminal justice system in the United States as it is related to class structure, race, ethnicity, and gender so that they will develop a more person-centered understanding of crime and law enforcement. Counseling skills, coupled with an understanding of individuals’ behavior within families and groups in society, will ensure that students, as leaders in the community and as professionals, are prepared for respectful and effective interaction with citizens.

This focus on a person-centered orientation, rooted in the discipline of Sociology, also provides a strong foundation from which “action-oriented” ethics teaching can be provided. Our students, through both core and major courses, as well as in their Criminal Justice field experiences, will be exposed to and practice ethical reasoning and will work to gain an understanding of the perspective of others.

Our students receive extensive field experience through participation in at least one guided internship. This experience provides a more broad set of career options, including graduate education in fields such as criminal justice, law, social work or public administration.

Upon completing the program of study in Criminal Justice, students will:

  • Develop a basic understanding of policing, the judiciary, and corrections.
  • Develop a specialized criminal justice vocabulary.
  • Develop an understanding of the foundations of American criminal law.
  • Develop an understanding of constitutional law in America.
  • Develop an understanding of criminal theory.
  • Develop analytical reading and writing ability.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

REQUIRED CORE (27 credits)

CJ 111 - Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CJ 121 - Contemporary Social Problems
SO 218 - Statistics for Behavioral Sciences
SO 219 - Research Methods
CJ 231 - Deviance and Criminology
CJ 232 - Juvenile Delinquency
CJ 233 - Corrections
CJ 234 - Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
SO 242 - Race, Ethnicity and Racism

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS (18 credits)

CJ 310 - Sociology of Law and Social Control
CJ 345 - Criminal Law and Procedure
CJ 380 - Internship
CJ 391 - Senior Seminar: Ethics

Select two (6 credits):

SO 111 - Introduction to Sociology
SO 241 - Urban Sociology
CJ 236 - Death Penalty in America
CJ 238 - Criminal Evidence
CJ 239 - National Security & Civil Liberty
CJ 255 - Special Topics
CJ 280 - Criminal Justice Practicum

*ADP students may substitute CJ 390 for CJ 380

Master of Science in Criminal Justice: Five-Year B.S./M.S. 

This program is designed for traditional undergraduate students who have demonstrated an ability to excel and a desire to obtain a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree in a minimal amount of time. A total of 153 credits are required to receive both the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Master of Science in Criminal Justice degrees. Of these, 120 credits are completed in the undergraduate program and 33 credits in the graduate program. During senior year, students take 2 graduate courses in addition to their regular undergraduate schedule. 

Students with 30 credits remaining entering their senior year take a total of 18 credits each semester (15 undergraduate and 3 graduate credits). There is no extra cost to the student for these credits during their undergraduate study if they have been accepted into the five-year program. A preferred approach is that students accelerate their undergraduate studies prior to their senior year and enter their senior year with 24 credits remaining in the undergraduate program. This approach would allow seniors to complete 12 undergraduate credits and 3 graduate credits, 15 total credits, in each semester of their final year. 

Students should apply to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program during the spring of their junior year and must have an overall G.P.A. of 3.5 to be accepted into the five-year program. At the time of acceptance, students will be assigned a graduate faculty advisor in addition to their undergraduate faculty advisor.