The Criminal Justice major is an interdisciplinary social science curriculum that is focused on the development of practical skills and knowledge for professional careers in the justice field. Students’ studies focus on law enforcement, corrections, courts, juvenile justice, criminology, victimology, and research methods to study crime, criminal and abnormal behavior, and society’s response to these dynamics. Criminal Justice majors are encouraged to take Spanish in their general studies program.

The Justice Counseling option is for students who are interested in human services-related education.  Students may take approved Provisional Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (PLADC) courses, which are identified with an asterisk (*) below.  To earn the PLADC credential, in addition to completing the required courses, students must complete 300 hours of supervised field experience and pass the required examination.  PLADC classes are offered only on campus due to State Licensing regulations.

Contact Information

Greg Galardi, D.B.A

Office of Admissions
1-800-742-4412 option 1
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Program Faculty

Dr. Amber Mahan
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Danny Hayes, MFS
Instructor of Criminal Justice
Ronicka Schottel, MSCJ, MPA
Instructor of Criminal Justice

Core Classes:

CJUS 110 Survey of Criminal Justice
CJUS 220 Introduction to Corrections
CJUS 230 Policing
CJUS 308 Community-Based Corrections
CJUS 330 Research Methods
CJUS 340 Criminal Procedures & the Courts
CJUS 360 Criminology
CJUS 385 Victimology
CJUS 401 Homeland Security
CJUS 410 Juvenile Delinquency
CJUS 495 Seminar in Criminal Justice

Required Program Prerequisites:

CMIS 101 Information Systems Concepts and Applications
PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 201 Principles of Sociology

Requirements for Criminal Justice Counseling Option (Select 8):

CJUS 190 Criminal Law
CJUS 441
Criminal Justice Internship
CJUS 442 Criminal Justice Internship
CJUS 450 Criminalistics
CJUS 490 Comparative Justice and Human Services Systems
CJUS 491 International Field Experience
CJUS 498 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
CMIS 300 Information Systems Management
CMIS 360 Cyber Security
EDUC 365 Child Abuse & Neglect Detection
EDUC 570 Attachment and the Defiant Child
HP 301 Analysis of Evil I
HP 302 Analysis of Evil II
PSYC 250 Human Growth and Development*
PSYC 420 Social Influence, Compliance, & Obedience
PSYC 450 Abnormal Psychology
SOC 255 Diversity Issues in the United States
SOC 300 Contemporary Social Problems
SOC 340 The Family
SOWK 300 Professional Ethics*
SOWK 310 Techniques of Counseling*
SOWK 320 Assessment, Evaluation and Casework Management*
SOWK 330 Diversity Issues in Counseling*
SOWK 390 Group Work*
SOWK 410 Addictions*
SOWK 420 Medical & Treatment Issues in Chemical Dependency*
SPED 500 Inclusionary Practices for Special Education**
SPED 540 Behavior Management**

*Approved Provisional Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (PLADC) courses.  To earn PLADC, in addition to completing the required courses, students must complete 300 hours of supervised field experience and pass the required examination.

**Graduate courses taken for the Bachelor degree will not count toward the Master’s degree program.


Parole Officer
Probation Officer
Computer Forensics
Correctional Officer
Correctional Treatment Specialist
Court Clerk
Crime Lab Analyst
Crime Scene Investigator
Fire Investigator

Professional Organizations:

National Criminal Justice Association
American Criminal Justice Association
American Correctional Association
International Association of Women Police
American Society of Criminology
Forum on the Advancement of Court Technology
National Association of Attorneys General
National Sheriffs’ Association