Major in Criminal Justice Sciences
The Department offers BA and BS degrees in Criminal Justice Sciences.
Through an interdisciplinary approach, the program provides students with a broad knowledge of theory, methodology, and practical applications.
Coursework in criminal justice is multidisciplinary, including coursework in law enforcement, corrections, the courts, and related social and behavioral sciences. Your degree will prepare you for entry-level positions in the justice system, as well as graduate or law school.
Major Course Requirements
All students are required to complete 43 semester hours of required classes in addition to 21 semester hours of required major and non-major electives for the major. In addition, students will need to complete their general education requirements, as well as other university wide requirements as listed in the undergraduate catalog. The following list outlines the major requirements. Visit the online Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions and prerequisites.
Required Courses (43 semester hours)
Major Electives - Group I (minimum 12 semester hours)
Non-Major Electives - Group II (minimum 9 semester hours)
Non-major electives include courses in Politics and Government, Psychology, Sociology, and Business, as well as other disciplines. These courses are designed to enhance your criminal justice program by providing perspectives and explanations from different disciplines.
- LAN 111, 112, 115, 116 (up to eight hours or 2 courses in foreign language)
- POL 215 - American Judicial Process
- POL 231 - Public Administration
- POL 201 - Introduction to Law for Paralegals
- POL 330 - Problems of Public Administration
- POL 331- Public Personnel Administration
- PSY/SOA 223 - Social Psychology (credit cannot be earned for PSY/SOA 131 and PSY/SOA 223)
- PSY 233 - Person and Society (credit cannot be earned for PSY 233 and PSY 232)
- PSY 302 - Developmental Psychology of the Adolescent
- PSY 350 - Psychopathology
- SWK 170 - Introduction to Social Work
- SOA/PSY 223 - Social Psychology (credit cannot be earned for PSY/SOA 131 and PSY/SOA 223)
- SOA 109 - Introduction to Latino/a Studies
- SOA 240 - People and Places
- SOA 260 - Social Stratification
- SOA 263 - Deviant Behavior
- SOA 264 - Minority Relations
- SOA 338 - Social Interaction
- SOA 365 - Juvenile Delinquency
- SOA 367 - Criminology
- FIL 208 - Legal Environment of Business
- MQM 220 - Business Organization and Management
- MQM 221 - Organizational Behavior and Administration
- POL 212 - Politics of Legal Decision Making
- POL 232 - Politics and Public Policy
- PSY 301 - Infant Behavior and Child Development
- PSY 347 - Behavior Disorders in Children
You can find additional courses being offered in summer and fall of 2014 that fulfill the Group II requirements here.