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.
- Produce Criminal Justice Graduates who can demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental psychological, sociological, and criminological concepts from a social science perspective and how these concepts may be applied in a wide variety of settings.
- Produce Criminal Justice graduates who demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental issues in the criminal justice field and the appropriate responses to these issues.
- Produce Criminal Justice graduates who demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental problem solving techniques available to assist individuals with various needs.
- Produce Criminal Justice Graduates who can demonstrate an understanding of the importance of belonging to professional organizations and the pursuit of life-long personal and professional development.
- Produce Criminal Justice graduates who demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental techniques and resources available to conduct applied or theoretical research.
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 Law and Society Option (select 8):
BUS 251 Legal Environment and Contract Law
BUS 252 Commercial Law
BUS 353 Organizational Ethics
BUS 493 Leadership of Teams and Organizations
PSCI 201 American National Government
PSCI 202 State and Local Government
PSCI 426 American Constitutional Law
PSCI 468 Public Administration
SOC 300 Contemporary Social Problems
CJUS 190 Criminal Law
CJUS 441 Criminal Justice Internship
Correctional Treatment Specialist
Crime Lab Analyst
Crime Scene Investigator
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