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Criminal Justice Program
2014-2015 Catalog

COMPREHENSIVE MAJOR: CRIMINAL JUSTICE, Liberal Arts (Code 430-001)

The multidisciplinary criminal justice curriculum is designed to familiarize the student with the complex nature of the American criminal justice system. The study of criminal justice focuses upon the structure and functions of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Included is the analysis of the political, social, cultural, philosophical, and psychological forces that shape the policies, programs, and practices in the system. The liberal arts orientation of the program prepares the student for graduate-level work in criminal justice, law, and for careers at the local, state, and federal levels in law enforcement, corrections, and court related agencies. At least 60 semester credits, including:


I. Prerequisite Courses (take all - 12 credits)

POLS 110 - American National Politics (3 credits)
PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
CRMJ103 - Survey of the Criminal Justice System (3 credits)

II. Criminal Justice Core Courses (take all - minimum 27 credits)

CRMJ 280 - Criminal Justice Research (3 credits)
CRMJ 301 - Criminology Theory (3 credits)
CRMJ 302 - Youth Crime and the Juvenile Justice System (3 credits)
CRMJ 303 - Crime Prevention (3 credits)
CRMJ 319 - Police in Society (3 credits)
CRMJ 342 - Confinement and Corrections (3 credits)
POLS 301 - State and Local Politics (3 credits)
POLS 405 - Due Process and Criminal Law (3 credits)

Statistics (choose one, 3-4 credits)
PSYC 265 - Statistical Methods in Psychology I (3 credits) or
SOC 328 - Sociological Data Analysis (3 credits) or
MATH 246 - Elementary Statistics (4 credits)

III. Other Required Courses - Electives (21 credits)

A. Law, Constitution, Policy Area (at least 6 credits)
ANTH 422; IDIS 100; PHIL 120, 310; POLS 305, 338, 343, 346, 403, 404; SW 383.

B. Individual, Social, Political Behavior Area (at least 6 credits)
CRMJ 329, 349, 359; POLS 350, 353; PSYC 245, 331, 332, 351; SW 309, 489*, 385; SOC 312, 316, 321, 332, 351; WMNS 310.

C. Intervention and Application Area
CRMJ 498; PSYC 325, 346, 357, 380; SW 424.

D.Skills (Maximum of six credits)
CJ 111, 201, 202, 205, 301; GEOG 200, 335; PHIL 150.

The following courses will be applied to a specific elective category based on the content:
CRMJ 291, 395, 397, 399, 491, 499.
 
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