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Bachelor of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice

General Education Requirements
Degree Requirements
Core Curriculum
Expected Learning Outcome
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Majors must satisfy the University and College general education requirements. Foreign language proficiency is not required, although students are encouraged to take foreign language courses. Majors may not take any required CCJ courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Additionally, substitutions which have been approved by departmental advisers for these courses may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

After fulfilling the general education and specific major degree requirements, students are to take the remaining hours required to complete the B.S. degree from courses which the appropriate department has evaluated as being of university-level quality. The Criminology and Criminal Justice Department may require students to pass a placement test in order to enroll in the next level course, provided this or an equivalent test is administered to all students seeking to enroll in that course.

Degree Requirements

Courses used to fulfill the social science or state requirements may not be taken from courses in the major.

Students may register for 3000-5000 level courses only after completing Eng 3100 (Advanced Expository Writing).

Students may register for 3000-5000 level courses only after obtaining a signature from the adviser in criminology and criminal justice. All prerequisites must be satisfied prior to enrolling in a course.

CCJ majors must earn a minimum grade of C- in the following courses: CRIMIN 2220 Statistical Analysis in Criminology and Criminal Justice and CRIMIN 4390 Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Majors must also maintain a 2.0 GPA for all required CCJ course work in order to graduate.

Bachelor of science in criminology and criminal justice candidates must complete the core curriculum listed below (37 credit hours):

Core Curriculum

The following courses in criminology and criminal justice are required:
1100, Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice*
1110, Theories of Crime*
1120, Criminal Law*
2130, Criminal Justice Policy*
2210, Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice*
2220, Statistical Analysis in Criminology and Criminal Justice*
4390, Seminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice*

One course from the following three:
2240, Policing*
2250, Courts*
2260, Corrections

One of the following courses in Criminology and Criminal Justice:
3305, Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice
4325, Gender, Crime, and Justice*
4330, Violence Against Women
4340, Race, Crime, and Justice*

Three additional courses at the 3000, 4000, or 5000 level:
3043, History of Crime and Justice
3230, Crime Prevention*
3270, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency*
3305, Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice
3310, Computers in Criminal Justice*
3320, The Death Penalty 
3330, White Collar Crime
3345, Rights of the Offender*
4300, Communities and Crime
4320, Forms of Criminal Behavior*
4325, Gender, Crime, and Justice*
4330, Violence Against Women
4335, Probation and Parole*
4340, Race, Crime, and Justice*
4350, Victimology
4360, Sociology of Law
4370, Crime, Justice, and the Media
4380, Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice
4487, Philosophy of Law
5515, Ethics in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Elective Courses
1150, Violence in America*
1990, The City
2180, Alcohol, Drugs and Society*
2227, Urban Law: Poverty and the Justice System
2251, Youth Gangs
2265, Capital Punishment
3280, Internship in Criminology and Criminal Justice
3290, Special Readings (please see Guidelines)

* Offered online

Course Descriptions
The Bulletin describes undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses offered at the University. For more detailed information on course content, students should consult the professors teaching the courses (as listed in the Schedule of Classes). 

Expected Learning Outcomes

1. Acquire basic knowledge of the theories, methods and and substance of issues in criminology and criminal justice.

2. Develop critical thinking skills through the application of criminological theory and social science research methods.

3. Develop fundamental understanding of interdisciplinary underpinnings (e.g., from sociology, psychology, political science, economics) of criminology and criminal justice issues and policies.

4. Acquire knowledge about the structure and functioning of the fundamental institutions (e.g., legislatures, police, punishment, supervisory) that are part of criminal justice systems.

5. Acquire understanding of the role of research and its application for informing policies about criminal justice issues.


CRIMIN 3290 "Directed Readings" Student Guidelines for Obtaining a Faculty Sponsor

The purpose of a directed readings course is to allow students to independently pursue knowledge in areas not covered in other courses. Students who are interested in independent study projects should first determine the topic that they are interested in, and then make sure that the department does not already offer a course in that area.
The department policy for enrolling in CRIMIN 3290 is described below.
1) Students must write a 1-2 page description of the topic they wish to pursue and how they plan to go about their studies over the course of the semester. This description should include a justification of the number of hours requested for CRIMIN 3290 credit, a selected list of the proposed readings to be covered, and the proposed products of the course (i.e., number and size of papers, expected analyses, etc.). Students should make an appointment with an appropriate faculty member to discuss the feasibility of their project. For example, some faculty will sponsor only those independent projects that involve original analyses of data, or topics in their area of expertise, and many faculty permit only one or two credit hours per CRIMIN 3290 project.
2) Once students have completed the above requirement they should submit their proposal to the appropriate faculty member for consideration. Proposals for CRIMIN 3290 are evaluated by faculty on a first-come, first-served basis. Most faculty will begin to review proposals during the advance registration period each semester for a proposed project beginning in the following semester. Proposals may be accepted for review until the limited number of spaces are filled. After that, students must wait until the next semester for their proposal to be considered.
Because of large student demand and limited number of faculty, students should realize that it is unrealistic to wait until the beginning of a semester to begin considering enrolling for CRIMIN 3290.