Criminal Justice Degree Program
The criminal justice degree program is intended for students interested in a career in law enforcement, a variety of positions in the field of adult or juvenile corrections and court services, private security and treatment facilities.
BA Degree - Criminal Justice Major
In addition to the essential education requirements, students majoring in Criminal Justice must complete 39 semester hours as prescribed below:
Required Courses (21 semester hours)
- CRMJ2400 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
- CRMJ3100 Law and the Justice System 3 s.h.
- PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology 3 s.h.
- SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology 3 s.h.
- SOCI2500 Criminology 3 s.h.
- *SOCI3440 Research Methods 3 s.h.
- SOCI4330 Social Inequality or SOCI2300 Race and Ethnicity in the United States 3 s.h.
From the following, students will take 1 course (3 semester hours):
- COMM/PEAC/SOCI3210 Conflict Management 3 s.h.
- COMM3100 Intercultural Communication 3 s.h.
- PEAC/POLS2200 Introduction to Peace Studies 3 s.h.
And 15 semester hours from courses listed below:
The following courses are recommended for any student planning a career in law enforcement or corrections:
Take either SOCI3120 Sociological Studies of Policing or CRMJ/SOCI3340 Penology
Take 4 Additional Courses from: CHEM1340 Forensic Chemistry; CRMJ/SOCI3340 Penology; CRMJ3350 Community-Based Corrections; CRMJ/SOCI3520 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice; CRMJ3900 Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice; CRMJ4700 Criminal Justice Internship**; PSYC3280 Psychology and Law; SOCI3120 Sociological Studies of Policing
The following courses are recommended for any student planning a career in criminal justice social services:
Take either CRMJ/SOCI3520 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice or SOCI2440 Victimology
Take 4 Additional Courses from: CRMJ3350 Community-Based Corrections; CRMJ/SOCI3520 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice; CRMJ4700 Criminal Justice Internship**; PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology; PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology; PSYC3380 Abnormal Psychology; PSYC4430 Theory and Practice of Counseling; SOCI2440 Victimology
The following courses are recommended for any student planning a career in criminal justice administration:
Take SOCI3120 Sociological Studies of Policing and CRMJ/SOCI3340 Penology
Take 4 Additional Courses from: BUAD3450 Organizational Behavior; BUAD3490 Human Resource Management; CRMJ/SOCI3340 Penology; CRMJ4700 Criminal Justice Internship**; PSYC3440 Psychology of the Workplace; SOCI3120 Sociological Studies of Policing
**Internships must be approved by instructor prior to enrollment.
Courses in Criminal Justice
BUAD3450 Organizational Behavior 3 s.h.
Human aspects of business organization, as distinguished from economic and technical aspects, and how they influence efficiency, morale, and management practice. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above.
+BUAD3490 Human Resource Management 3 s.h.
A comprehensive review of essential personnel management concepts, laws, controversies, and techniques for success currently being used in business.
CHEM1340 Forensic Chemistry 3 s.h.
This course will expose students to the field of forensic science primarily using chemical forensics and testing. Topics include evidence collection and preservation, drugs and drug chemistry, heat and explosions, poisons and others. The course will cover basic chemical concepts needed to plan, execute, and interpret forensic results. All necessary scientific concepts will be developed in the context of forensic science. Two 50-minute class sessions and a 75-minute laboratory per week. ELO6 Science - World Citizenship
+COMM3100 Intercultural Communication (Also INTD3100) 3 s.h.
An examination of concepts that have application to communication across cultural boundaries, with emphasis on relating them to effective intercultural communication skills. Goal 4
CRMJ2400 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
A survey of the structure and process of the criminal justice system, including the study of law enforcement, criminal courts, and correctional agencies. ELO5 Social Science - Peace
CRMJ3100 Law and the Justice System 3 s.h.
An overview of Constitutional law that impacts the American justice system from arrest through trial, punishment to release. Key legal cases and precedents for policing, prosecution, sentencing, and corrections will be covered in depth. Prerequisite: CRMJ2400.
+ CRMJ3340 Penology (Also SOCI3340) 3 s.h.
Examines various theories of social control, as well as correctional practices, reforms, and their consequences. Research on various punishment and correctional strategies will be discussed.
+ CRMJ3350 Community-based Corrections 3 s.h.
Study of the history and design of community-based correctional programs, including probation and parole. The nature and variety of community corrections programs are examined and analyzed.
+ CRMJ3520 Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (also SOCI3520) 3 s.h.
Includes an examination of the nature, extent, and patterns of juvenile delinquency, evaluation of theories and causal explanations of delinquency and investigation of delinquent subcultures, as well as an examination of legal processing and treatment programs for young offenders. PREREQUISITE: SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology.
CRMJ3900 Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
An in-depth study of topics from the fields of criminal justice, law enforcement, or corrections. Courses may be repeated as topics vary. Prerequisites: CRMJ2400.
CRMJ4700 Criminal Justice Internship 1-3 s.h.
An intensive internship program in appropriate agencies or departments directly related to criminal justice, law enforcement, or corrections. Placements will be supervised by department faculty and developed in conjunction with the interests of the student. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisites: CRMJ2400, minimum 3 s.h. upper division Criminal Justice course, major in Criminal Justice, junior/senior status, a minimum GPA of 2.75 or better in the major, and instructor's consent.
MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.
Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math
PEAC2200 Introduction to Peace Studies (Also POLS2200) 3 s.h.
Introduces the field of peace studies with a survey of the historical and philosophical bases for peacemaking, patterns of conflict resolution, nonviolence, history of peace movements, world order models, alternative futures, positive peace, and career options. Goal 3E, ELO5 Histories - Peace
PSYC1300 Introductory Psychology 3 s.h.
An introductory survey of psychological methods and thoughts as they relate to human experience and behavior. Topics include the role of the central nervous system in mediating behavior, learning and memory, states of awareness, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders, and therapy. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation
PSYC2250 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.
The study of human development over the entire lifespan. Focus is on the interaction of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional aspects of development. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality
+ PSYC3280 Psychology and Law 3 s.h.
An examination of the legal system - both criminal and civil - through the use of psychological concepts, methods, and research findings. Prerequisite: PSYC1300 or instructor consent. Goal 1C
PSYC3370 Cross Cultural Psychology 3 s.h.
Study of psychological theories and empirical findings relating to variations in cultures. Goal 4, ELO4 Global Learning - World Citizenship
PSYC3380 Abnormal Psychology 3 s.h.
A study of the disorders outlined in the current diagnostic statistical manual. Emphasis will be on etiology, symptoms, and methods of treatment. Prerequisite: Five semester hours in Psychology. Goal 1C
PSYC3440 Psychology of the Workplace 3 s.h.
Psychological theory applied to problems of work: workplace design; group behavior; labor-management relations; leadership; employee selection and retention; psychological evaluation of workers. Goal 1C
PSYC4430 Theory and Practice of Counseling 3 s.h.
A course designed to explore characteristics of counselors, characteristics of clients, basic counseling techniques, and current theories of counseling. Prerequisite: PSYC1300. Goal 1C
SOCI1300 Introduction to Sociology 3 s.h.
Introduction to the perspective of sociology, its basic concepts and principles and an overview of the field.Includes study of social classes, sex roles, crime and deviance, socialization, social movements and others. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality
SOCI2300 Race and Ethnicity in the United States 3 s.h.
Examines the basic sociological concepts and theories of race and ethnicity. Particular focus will be given to the social construction of race, as well as the causes and consequences of racism, immigration, education and residential segregation, environmental inequality, and social justice movements.
SOCI2440 Victimology 3 s.h.
Explores victimology, or the study of victimization. Topics include the history of victims’ rights, causes of victimization, its consequences, and how other institutions deal with crime victims. Also addresses how social scientists conduct research on victims of crimes and current issues and topics of interests to researchers who study victimization. Prerequisites: SOCI1300 or consent from instructor.
SOCI2500 Criminology 3 s.h.
Study of the nature, extent and causes of crime, and the analysis of various types of crimes. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (grade of C or better) and Sophomore standing.
SOCI3120 Sociological Studies of Policing 3 s.h.
Explores the sociological literature on policing. Examines studies of types of policing, police- citizen encounters, police discretion, use of force, police brutality, police culture, police organizational structure and change, effects of new technologies on police work, police corruption, experiences of female officers, and experiences of minority officers. ELO5 Social Science - Peace
+SOCI3210 Conflict Management and Dialogue (Also COMM/PEAC3210) 3 s.h.
An examination of conflict theories and approaches, negotiation process, conflict ethics, and third party mediation. In this class, students will become familiar with the causes of conflict as well as ways strategies and tactics used in conflict management. Further, this class will explore the foundational theoretical concepts and models of dialogue in the context of conflict management. Goal 3B
SOCI3440 Research Methods 3 s.h.
A survey of the principles and practices of social research, including data analysis, research ethics, and the design and implementation of surveys, in-depth interviews, content analysis, participant observation, experiments, and field studies. Prerequisite: MATH1380.
SOCI4330 Social Inequality 3 s.h.
Examines the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and other minority statuses and the relationships to personal identity and social structure. Helps to develop an awareness and understanding of diverse values, life-styles, beliefs, and attitudes of various racial, cultural, and ethnic minorities. Focuses on the social, legal, economic, and political aspects of prejudice and discrimination on socially disadvantaged groups. Prerequisite: SOCI1300 (with grade of C or better) and senior standing.
+ Denotes an alternate year course.