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Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice major is designed to provide students with a curriculum grounded in a foundation of liberal arts, behavioral science, and a broad knowledge of criminal justice with a strong emphasis in ethical decision-making. The degree prepares students for entry-level positions in criminal justice and for graduate study in many Criminal Justice-related fields. The academic study is complemented by a criminal justice internship opportunity that provides practical experience in and knowledge of criminal justice agencies and organizations in the community.

Requirements for the major in Criminal Justice:
Behavioral Science Social Science Core (18 hours) distributed as follows:
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 s.h.
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 s.h.
HS 231 Introduction to Human Services 3 s.h.
SO 270 Social Research Methods 3 s.h.
SO 301 Race and Ethnicity 3 s.h.
SO/PY 261 Social Psychology
or HS 333 Human Service Skills 3 s.h.

Criminal Justice Core (24 hours) distributed as follows:
CJ 211 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
CJ 321 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
CJ 331 Criminology 3 s.h.
CJ 333 Corrections in America
or CJ 341 Women and Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
CJ 421 Theory of Criminal Law 3 s.h.
CJ 431 Constitutional Law 3 s.h.
CJ 460r Internship in Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
CJ 471 Criminal Justice Senior Seminar 3 s.h.

Forensic Science Emphasis:
CJ 351 Crime Scene Investigation and Prioritization 3 s.h.
CJ 441 Trial Practice and Evidence 3 s.h.
CJ 451 Forensic Evidence 3 s.h.
CJ Electives (200 - 400 level) 3 s.h.

Requirements for a minor in Criminal Justice (18 hours) distributed as follows:
CJ 211 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
CJ 321 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
CJ 331 Criminology 3 s.h.
CJ Electives 9 s.h.