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Criminal Justice (B.A.)

The criminal justice major may be taken on either the Bachelor of Applied Science degree, Bachelor of Arts degree or the Bachelor of Science degree and can lead to a broad range of career options in law enforcement and corrections. Required criminal justice courses provide students with foundational competencies in law enforcement, corrections, courtroom procedures, and criminal law. Students can build upon this foundation by completing one of two concentrations focused on preparing them for their future careers in criminal justice. Concentrations include Offender Rehabilitation, designed for those seeking careers in community supervision and offender treatment, and Law Enforcement, designed for those seeking careers as police officers or other law enforcement officials.


  1. Students will be able to compare different styles of policing and evaluate the effectiveness of each.
  2. Students will demonstrate mastery of the overall content of the basic purpose of and styles of policing.
  3. Students will be able to correctly identify and explain the five major philosophies of corrections.
  4. Students will be able to identify and explain common challenges to re-entry for offenders.
  5. Students will demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the major criminological theories.

Available Concentrations:


General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements-50

English 1301, 1302, and three hours sophomore literature - 9
Fine Arts (three hours from music, theatre, fine arts, art, or equivalent) - 3
Modern Language (at least one semester second year, all hours in same language)-11
Christian Ministry 1320 and 1330 - 6
History - 3
Political Science 2305 - 3
Social Science (CJUS, ECON, GEOG, PSYC, SOCI) - 3
Physical Activity - KINE 1238 - 2
Science (must be lab science) - 4
Mathematics 1342 - 3 
Speech 1311, 1315, or 1318 - 3
Departmental Recommendations for Criminal Justice Majors:
* denotes course(s) which can also meet General Education Requirements
* SPAN 1411 Elementary Spanish I
Major area of study (see below) - 33
Minor or Concentration (minimum of 18 hours) - 18-21
Electives (to total 120 hours)
Total: Minimum one hundred twenty (120) semester hours

Criminal Justice Major Requirements

Integrated Criminal Justice Major Requirements
Completion of thirty-three (33) semester hours, with a selected concentration or minor:
CJUS 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice System
CJUS 1306 Courts and Criminal Procedure
CJUS 1311 Fundamentals of Criminal Law
CJUS/SOCI 1313 Juvenile Justice System
CJUS 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices *
CJUS 2314 Police Systems and Procedures
SOCI 3303 Criminology
PSYC/SOCI 3307 Seminar on Moral, Ethical, and Religious Issues
SOCI 3309 Minority Groups
Six (6) additional advanced hours in criminal justice 

One of the following concentrations or minor from another department must be selected if pursuing B.A. or B.S. degree.  Minor or concentration is optional if pursuing BAS degree:

Offender Rehabilitation Concentration
Twenty-one (21) semester hours:
Foundation Studies: Fifteen (15) semester hours
CJUS 4304 Correctional Counseling
CJUS 3318 Probation and Parole
CJUS 3317 Restorative Justice
PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 4304 Abnormal Psychology
Support Studies: Six (6) semester hours from the following:
CJUS 3306 Violence and Victimization
CJUS 3313 Drugs and Drug Policy
PSYC 3301 Dynamics of the Counseling Process
PSYC 3306 Theories of Personality
PSYC 3337 Counseling Methods and Practice
PSYC/SOCI 3369 Group Dynamics
PSYC 4301 Psychological Assessment

Law Enforcement Concentration
Twenty-two (22) semester hours:
Foundational Studies: Thirteen (13) semester hours
CJUS 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement
CJUS 3115 Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory
CJUS 3315 Crime Scene Investigation
CJUS 3316 Critical Incident Management
CJUS 4302 Community Policing
Support Studies: Nine (9) semester hours from the following:
CJUS 3306 Violence and Victimization                                                               
CJUS 3314 Criminal Investigations
CJUS 3313 Drugs and Drug Policy
CJUS 4301 Management of Criminal Justice Organizations
CJUS 4350 Criminal Justice Practicum

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