Degree Requirements - B.A. in Criminal Justice


The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice requires a total of 120 credits. Consistent with University College requirements, the curriculum consists of the following:
General Education Requirements  (47 credits)

College Competencies (21 credits)

ENWR1101     Academic Writing
ENWR1102     Academic Research & Writing
Oral Communication
Quantitative Analysis
Ethical and Moral Analysis:
CRIM3304       Criminal Justice Ethics
Scientific Analysis:

Liberal Arts Distribution (18 credits)

Language and Culture
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Art and Humanities

University Requirements (8 credits)

UNIV1001     Transitioning to University Life
UNIV1002      Preparing for Professional Life   
UNIV2001       Cross-cultural Perspectives
UNIV2002      Global Issues

Major Requirements  (45 credits)

Required Major Courses (33 credits)

CRIM1101     Intro. to Criminal Justice
CRIM1102     Criminology 
CRIM1103     Criminal Law 
CRIM2100      Professional & Legal Writing
CRIM2201     Police and Society
CRIM2202     Corrections, Parole and Probation
CRIM2204     Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
CRIM2205     CJ Research Methods
CRIM2208     Victimology
CRIM3319     Courts and Judicial Process
CRIM4405     CJ Capstone Seminar 

Major Elective Courses (12 credits)

Minor (15 credits)
Free Electives (13 credits)
Total   (120 credits)

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION:  This requirement consists of six credits in English Composition (ENWR1101 and ENWR1102) and six credits of writing intensive courses within the major.

ORAL COMMUNICATION:  Requirements consist of a three-credit Speech course.

QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with mathematics and statistics with application to everyday problems.

ETHICAL AND MORAL ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with ethical theories and questions. Students must take CRIM3304 Criminal Justice Ethics to satisfy this requirement.

SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a minimum of six credits of laboratory science.

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE:  This requirement can be satisfied by one of four options: traditional language courses with significant cultural elements, LANG course listings under “Language and Culture Studies,” language-based study abroad, or the six highest ESL/ESP credits for non-native English speakers.

SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES:  This requirement can be satisfied by six credits of coursework in Communication, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.

ART AND HUMANITIES:  This requirement can be satisfied by six credits of coursework in Art (visual or performing), English Literature, History, Humanities, Philosophy, or Religion.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS:  Students majoring in Criminal Justice must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPR within the major after the completion of their first 12 credits of Criminal Justice courses.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.

Criminal Justice Major Electives

Criminal Justice majors are advised to refer to Webadvisor or the current Undergraduate Studies Bulletin for criminal justice courses that may fulfill their major elective courses.

Students considering the BA/MA Combined Degree Program are advised to confer with their advisor before registering for major elective courses.