Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice
Major in Criminal Justice (Major Code: 133)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Criminal justice is an interdisciplinary program sponsored by political science. Students select a major track in policing, corrections (community supervision, prison, parole) or administration.
University Core Curriculum Requirements
Refer to the “University Core Curriculum” section of the catalog.
Students transferring into the criminal justice program may transfer the following courses: Introduction to Criminal Justice (CRIJ 1301), Court Systems and Practices (CRIJ 1306), Fundamentals of Criminal Law (CRIJ 1310), Correctional Systems and Practices (CRIJ 2313) and Police Systems and Practices (CRIJ 2328). Those in corrections must take CRIJ 3372 in lieu of CRIJ 3370 among the required criminal justice classes for this emphasis. An additional six hours of selected academic classes may be accepted upon individual review.
Transfer students should be aware that some of the courses required for an associate degree in criminal justice may not apply to baccalaureate degree requirements.
Criminal Justice Core Requirements
Required Criminal Justice Courses for Emphasis Administration
Required Courses from Other Departments
All criminal justice majors must take SOCI 1301.
For information about the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in criminal justice studies, refer to the “Graduate School” section of the catalog.
Minor in Criminal Justice
At least 18 hours in criminal justice, including three hours from CRIJ 1301, 1306, 1307 or 1310, and 15 advanced criminal justice electives.
Students planning careers in forensic science should consider a biotechnology major in the Department of Life, Earth and Environmental Sciences with a criminal justice minor. The following courses are recommended for the minor: CRIJ 1301, 1306, 3322, 3374, 4340, 4348.
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Criminal Justice Faculty Advisors