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2017-2018 Undergraduate 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 120 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. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.

The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete First Year Seminar, Foundations, Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.

In addition, students majoring in Criminal Justice must earn a 2.0 or higher in all CJA courses and will be required to complete a standardized outcome assessment test.

General Education Requirement


First Year Seminar


Foundations Requirements


Disciplinary Perspectives Requirement


Constellation Requirement


The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements.  Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.

Criminal Justice Electives


Select 9 credits of Criminal Justice courses.

Physical Education


Students must complete three credits of Physical Education.

Elective courses (24 credits)


Students may choose any 24 credits of elective courses.

Suggested Course Sequence:


Freshman Year (30 credits)


Sophomore Year (30 credits)


  • CJA 110 Juvenile Delinquency 3 credit hours
  • CJA 203 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3 credit hours
  • CJA 234 Law Enforcement 3 credit hours
  • Foundations - Advanced Communication course 3 credit hours
  • Foundations - Global Citizenship course 3 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Perspectives - Humanities course 3 credit hours
  • Physical Education course 3 credit hours
  • Criminal Justice Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Disciplinary Perspectives course - Social/Behavioral Sciences course 3 credit hours

Junior Year (30 credits)


Senior Year (30 credits)


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