Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Criminal Justice Major

General Information

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is primarily designed for students who intend to pursue a professional career in such fields as law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, court administration, or the juvenile justice system. The program also provides a solid foundation for students who wish to pursue graduate studies.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for the criminal justice professional are extensive with well over 200 different career patterns in the field. Typical careers of graduates include career law enforcement officer positions at the local, state, and federal levels; professional positions in the field of corrections, probations, and parole; positions in court administration and in the juvenile justice system; social work; and positions as industrial security specialists with major security companies and corporations.

Criminal Justice and Sociology Faculty

Professor: John Claffey

Associate Professor:

Assistant Professors: Laura Hansen, Sarah Stein

Program Goals and Mission

Generally, the program goals intend to help students to acquire a higher level of knowledge, understanding, and competencies specific to criminal justice professions through curricula and other activities:

  • Foundation of Knowledge: Students will develop an understanding of the major concepts, basic, and advanced terms, theories, and empirical findings in the discipline.
  • Applications of Knowledge: Students will develop an understanding of the theoretical perspectives, sociocultural factors, and empirical findings important to policing a democratic society.
  • Professional Ethics: Students will develop an understanding of personal and professional values to function ethically as individuals and professionals in their work group; local, and global communities.
  • Science: Students will develop an understanding of important social scientific concepts and methods of scientific inquiry.

In the accomplishment of these goals, the program mission is for students to:

  • develop a higher-level fund of personal and professional knowledge;
  • become competent problem solvers who apply knowledge to criminal justice settings and problems;
  • translate knowledge into informed professional practices; and
  • convey knowledge through the delivery of high-quality services that are responsive to the needs of the community and the profession.

General University and College Requirements

See General University Requirements and College of Arts and Sciences Requirements.

Degree Requirements

Required criminal justice courses (34 credit hours)

CJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 cr.

CJ 210/SO 210Criminology

3 cr.

CJ 211Corrections

3 cr.

CJ 218Police and Society

3 cr.

CJ 230Criminal Law

3 cr.

CJ 232Criminal Procedure

3 cr.

CJ 234The Judicial Process

3 cr.

CJ 300/SO 300Applied Analytic Methods

3 cr.

CJ 301/SO 301Research Methods

4 cr.

or

CJ 307/SO 307Qualitative Research Methods

4 cr.

CJ 340Ethical Decision-Making

3 cr.

CJ 450Senior Seminar

3 cr.

or

CJ 480Internship in Criminal Justice

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours:34

An additional 12 credit hours in criminal justice courses is required.  Students may elect to pursue a criminal justice track, which will be reflected on the student's transcript.  Those who choose not to pursue one of the available track programs, may select from among upper level criminal justice courses to satisfy their degree requirements.