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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, B.S.

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The Criminal Justice curriculum is designed to:

  • provide students with a basic understanding and comprehensive overview of the criminal and juvenile justice systems;
  • encourage a theoretical and informed inquiry into justice policies;
  • develop skills in research methodology and statistics;
  • prepare students for professional careers in criminal justice as well as to provide a foundation for the advanced study of criminal justice.

Experiential learning (internship) opportunities are available with various agencies within the criminal justice system. Experiential learning is arranged through the Criminal Justice Coordinator. The application process must be completed prior to the semester when the experiential learning is to commence.

Requirements for Graduation:

To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Criminal Justice must complete a minimum of 122 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

In addition, students majoring in Criminal Justice must maintain a 2.0 average in all required courses, and will be required to complete a standardized outcome assessment test. Students cannot have more than two Criminal Justice courses with a grade less than 2.0.

Criminal Justice Electives

In addition, students must select a minimum of nine credits from the 300/400-levelCriminal Justice electives listed below:


*A grade of 2.0 or higher is required.

Criminal Justice Suggested Course Sequence:

Freshman Year (31 credits)

Sophomore Year (27-29 credits)

Junior Year (33 credits)

Senior Year (31-33 credits)

  • CJA 491 Senior Seminar 3 credit hours
  • Criminal Justice Electives 6 credit hours
  • Area I Distribution Requirement 3 credit hours
  • Area V Distribution Requirement 3 credit hours
  • Free Electives 16-18 credit hours

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