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If you’re interested in law school, graduate level work in criminology and criminal justice or a career in local, state or federal law enforcement, corrections or court related agencies, this is the right major for you. The multidisciplinary criminal justice curriculum is designed to familiarize students with the complex nature of the American criminal justice system. The study of criminal justice focuses on the structure and functions of law enforcement, the courts and corrections. Included is an analysis of the political, social, cultural, philosophical and psychological forces that shape the policies, programs and practices in the system.

Criminal justice, comprehensive major

60 credits/no minor required

This program allows students to master important interdisciplinary concepts though a liberal arts-based approach. Students not only learn necessary facts, theories, and ideas, but also develop analysis and critical thinking skills that will assist them in whatever future challenges they confront. Students can choose to earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. The criminal justice program is exactly the same for both degrees. The only differences are with specific university requirements. For example, Bachelor of Arts students are required to earn competency in two semesters of a foreign language (or three semesters of American Sign Language) while Bachelor of Science students are required to earn competency in a higher-level of math (Math 111, 112, or 113).

If you want more information, check out the course catalog.

Pre-requisite courses

12 credits

  • POLS 110 - American National Politics
  • PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology
  • CRMJ 103 - Survey of the Criminal Justice System

Alongside your pre-requisites and core courses, you'll also take elective courses. With specific requirements, you'll get well-versed in the world of criminal justice.

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Core courses

Minimum 27 credits

  • CRMJ 280 - Criminal Justice Research
  • CRMJ 301 - Criminology Theory
  • CRMJ 302 - Youth Crime and the Juvenile Justice System
  • CRMJ 303 - Crime Prevention
  • CRMJ 319 - Police in Society
  • CRMJ 342 - Confinement and Corrections
  • POLS 301 - State and Local Politics
  • POLS 405 - Due Process and Criminal Law
  • MATH 246 - Elementary Statistics

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To change your major to criminal justice, please contact the criminal justice program using the information below, and they will help you get going!

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