The Criminal Justice program is designed to provide a multidisciplinary understanding of crime and the criminal justice system. The curriculum was developed in conformance with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ Ad-Hoc Committee on Minimum Standards for Criminal Justice Education. The program prepares graduates for local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, courts, homeland security, investigation, and related careers. The program also offers an excellent background for those wishing to pursue graduate studies or law school. Among its notable features are courses in criminal law, law enforcement administration, criminal investigations, corrections, juvenile justice, research methods, and a semester long capstone practicum externship.
Core classes for the Criminal Justice major are: CMJS 120 Survey of Criminal Justice, CMJS 245 Criminal Law, SOCA 232 Criminology, CMJS 310 Law Enforcement Administration, CMJS 320 Courts and Judicial Systems, POLS 313 American Constitutional Law, SOCA 311 Social Research Methods, CMJS 475 Seminar in Criminal Justice-Capstone, and HUMS 489 Practicum Capstone Internship. In addition, twenty one hours of restricted electives must be chosen from the following: FRNX 315 Interviewing Theories and Practice, FRNX 318 Crime Scenes, PSYC 281 Intro to Abnormal Psychology, ACCT 421 Fraud Management: Legal/Ethical Issues, ECON 225 Elementary Business and Economics Statistics, CMJS 133 Juvenile Justice, CMJS 134 Substance Abuse Policy, CMJS 240 Correctional Counseling, CMJS 250 Community Based Corrections, CMJS 410 Criminal Investigations, POLS 102 Introduction to American Government, POLS 400 Terrorism and National Security, SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology, SOCA 207 Social Problems-Contemporary America, SOCA 302 Deviant Behavior, and SOCA 305 Social Stratification and Power in American Society. The core and restricted elective classes make up the professional courses for the Criminal Justice major. General electives must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.
Students majoring in Criminal Justice may select an emphasis in Law Enforcement (CMJS 133 Juvenile Justice, CMJS 134 Substance Abuse Policy, POLS 400 Terrorism and National Security, and CMJS 410 Criminal Investigations) or Corrections (CMJS 133 Juvenile Justice, CMJS 240 Correctional Counseling, CMJS 250 Community Based Corrections, and SOCA207 Social Problems). An emphasis is not required for the B.S. in Criminal Justice. Criminal Justice majors qualify for a minor in Sociology.
Non-majors may minor in Criminal Justice by completing CMJS 120 Survey of Criminal Justice, CMJS 133 Juvenile Justice, and nine credits selected from the following: CMJS 310 Law Enforcement Administration, CMJS 320 Courts and Judicial Systems, CMJS 410 Criminal Investigations, ACCT 421 Fraud Management: Legal/Ethical Issues , HUMS 320 Public Administration, POLS 313 American Constitutional Law, POLS 400 Terrorism and National Security, SOCA 302 Deviant Behavior, and SOCA 311 Social Research Methods.
In addition to fulfilling graduation requirements outlined in the pattern sheet, students must also achieve an overall GPA of 2.0 in program professional courses and participate in program assessment.
The Criminal Justice program has the following learning outcomes:
- The student will be able to specify the decision points and alternative outcomes at each stage of the criminal justice process.
- The student will be able to apply the scientific method to a criminal justice research problem.
- The student will be able to effectively communicate in written and oral form.
- The student will become culturally competent and aware of diversity in the work environment.