Criminal Justice: B.S.

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in criminal justice must complete the following courses:

CRJS 1005Introduction to Criminal Justice4
CRJS 3005Alternatives to Incarceration4
CRJS 3009Criminal Law & Procedure4
CRJS 3065Race Crime & Justice4
or CRJS 4025 Police Community Relations
CRJS 3070Criminology, Victimology, and Restorative Justice4
CRJS 4005American Corrections4
LEST 1005Introduction to Law & the Legal System4
PAFF 4132Legal & Ethical Foundations of Public Service4
SOCI 1005Exploring Society: An Introduction to Sociology4
And one of the following4
Social Science Research Methods
Statistics for the Social Sciences
Criminal Investigation

Advanced- level electives

Students will be asked to complete two additional advanced-level courses chosen from the list below in consultation with a faculty mentor. The list below includes some of the available choices:

CRJS 3015Courts & the Administration of Justice4
CRJS 3020Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis 4
CRJS 3045Forensic Science4
CRJS 3050Juvenile Justice & Delinquency4
CRJS 4010Comparative Criminal Justice Systems4
CRJS 4030Women Crime & Criminology4
INFT 3020Cyber Crime & Computer Forensics4
POLI 3115The United States Constitution4
SOCI 3040Deviance & Social Control4
SOCI 4030Power & Privilege4

*Note that some prior learning may substitute for some required courses. Faculty review and approval is required before a substitution can be made.

  • Students will be able to describe the function and structure of the criminal justice system in the United States of America.
  • Students will be able to articulate and discuss the basic ethical dilemmas and issues in criminal justice.
  • Students will be able to discuss the relationship between the legal system, criminal justice system, and political system.
  • Students will be able to conduct research or investigation in criminal justice.
  • Students will be able to explain the role of diverse experiences, perspectives, and identities in the American criminal justice system.
  • Students will be able to compare alternative approaches to addressing criminal activity.
  • Students will be able analyze theoretical foundations of questions related to crime and justice.