Criminal Justice Major (BS)


The criminal justice program is for students interested in studying the causes, prevention and control of crime, as well as the theories and policies relative to the structure and operation of various law enforcement (policing), correctional and judicial organizations. The criminal justice major prepares students for criminal justice careers in professional justice agencies. Careers in criminal justice can be categorized by a variety of organizations (e.g. state and local police; correctional organizations for adult and juveniles; legal and judicial organizations; federal law enforcement; private security organizations, etc.).

Criminal justice is both a professional and a liberal arts program. The major curriculum consists of three components: 1) criminal justice proficiency courses (required); 2) criminal justice electives, which can be grouped into specialty areas or not, at the student’s option; 3) non-criminal justice courses (co-requisites), many in related liberal arts disciplines, which can be taken during the first two years of college.

Program Requirements

Students in the Criminal Justice major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree’s requirements.

General Education Requirements (31 credits)

Major Department Requirements (36 credits)

Criminal Justice Core Proficiencies (required) … Students must take all 6 courses (18 credits)

Criminal Justice Electives* … Students must select 6 courses from the following electives (18 credits)

* Criminal Justice majors must earn a grade of C or better in all major courses to be counted into the major credits
** Successful completion of CRJ 101 is required of all CRJ majors or CRJ minors prior to enrolling in any other CRJ course
*** Successful completion of an approved Statistics course is required prior to enrolling in CRJ 471

Corequisite Courses (21 Credits)

Note: ^ Denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Electives (31 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

SLO #1: Understand how crime is defined and measured.
SLO #2: Develop a sound understanding of the causes of crime and society’s response to crime.
SLO #3: Be able to apply critical thinking when evaluating issues in criminology and criminal justice.
SLO #4: Develop skills in expressing themselves clearly and coherently in oral and written language.
SLO #5: Understand some of the important ethical and cultural competencies required by those who wish to work in the criminal justice area.