Curriculum for a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

The Curriculum for the Criminal Justice Major
42-credits*-- students must complete a minimum of 5 courses at the 300-level or higher for courses in Categories II-V

Category I: Core Courses (5 courses - 15 credits)

SOC 206: Theories of Deviance & Crime*
SOC 219: Introduction to Criminal Justice:  Police, Courts, Corrections*
PHL 115:  Ethics
LAW 307: Criminal Justice Practice (formerly LAW 207)
LAW 460: Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

* SOC 101 is waived as a pre-requisite for criminal justice majors for SOC 206, SOC 219, and SOC 301, but SOC 101 is strongly recommended for criminal justice majors.

Category II: Research Methods and Applications (Required 1 course - 3 credits)

CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING
POL 230: Methods of Political Analysis
SOC 301: Methods of Sociological Research
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* SOC 101 is waived as a pre-requisite for criminal justice majors for SOC 206, SOC 219, and SOC 301, but SOC 101 is strongly recommended for criminal justice majors .

Category III: Criminal Justice Processes and Institutions Courses (3 courses - 9 credits)

FOR THE TWO AREAS BELOW, CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM ONE AREA, AND TWO COURSES FROM THE OTHER AREA
Courses in this category will provide students with an understanding of the major components of the criminal justice process: law enforcement; punishment for criminal violation, and criminal law and its interpretation and application.

LAW ENFORCEMENT, CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION & PUNISHMENT*

BHP 322: Honors Seminar: The Guilty and Innocent:  Assessing Blame and Assigning Punishment in Literature & Law
LAW 150: Introduction to Forensics   
LAW 210: Criminal Investigation
SOC 322:  Punishment & Corrections   
SOC 342: Police and American Society
SOC 343: Policing and Counter Terrorism

COURTS & LAW  

BHP 211: Honors Seminar: Theories of Justice and American Common Law  
LAW 140: Introductory Seminar in Law and Justice
LAW 305: Trial Advocacy
LAW 365: Rights of the Accused  
PHL 303:  Philosophy of Law  
POL 260: Politics of Law and Order 
POL 361: The Judicial Process 
PSY 279: Psychology and Law  
SOC 317: Law and Lawyers 

*Pre-requisites: SOC 101 is a pre-requisite for Sociology courses 322, 342, 343; LAW 150 is a pre-requisite for LAW 210.

Category IV: Crime and Social Groups and Issues (3 courses - 9 credits)

The purpose of this requirement is to provide students with an understanding of the particular ways the criminal justice system operates in relation to particular groups.  

LAW 302: Crime and Justice in the Media (formerly LAW 405)
LAW 401: Hate Crimes in the United States

SOC 216: Youth and Crime*
SOC 246:  Drugs, Crime, and American Society*
SOC 313: Gender and Criminal Justice*
SOC 321: White Collar & Corporate Crime*
SOC 345: Race and Crime*

*Soc 101 is a pre-requisite.

Category V: Contextualizing Crime and Criminal Justice (2 courses - 6 credits)

CHOOSE TWO FROM ANY OF THE AREAS BELOW
Courses in this category will provide students with substantive background that will enable them to acquire a deeper understanding of particular aspects of crime, criminal justice policies, and criminal justice institutions depending upon the students’ particular interests and career goals.

LEGAL ISSUES

HIS 301: Constitutional History of the United States
LAW 204: Law, Literature & Film in America
LAW 304: Women and Law
LAW 310: Cyberspace Law and Policy
POL 300:  U.S. Constitutional Law
POL 301: Civil Liberties in the U.S.

PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES

PHL 130: Political Philosophy
PHL 202: Social Philosophy
PHL 360: Contemporary Ethics

POLITICAL ISSUES

POL 235: Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
POL 325: Public Administration
POL 327: Contemporary Issues in American Public Policy
POL 335: Urban Politics
POL 345: Justice
POL 350: U.S. Foreign and Security Policy
POL 351: Critical Views of Global Security
POL 363: Human Rights in a Global Context

PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES***

PSY 220: Abnormal Psychology
PSY 365: Drugs and Human Behavior

SOCIAL ISSUES***

SOC 205: Families
SOC 207: Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 245: Social Problems
SOC 308: Cities and Suburbs
SOC 312: Women in Society
SOC 330: Class and Economic Inequality
SOC 340: Power and Politics
SOC 350: Social Policy 

SOC 396: Applied Sociology

INTERNSHIPS* AND ADVANCED RESEARCH**

LAW 490: Law & Justice Independent Study
LAW 496: Law & Justice Honors Thesis
LAW 491: Law and Justice Internship
SOC 491: Sociology Internship
PHL 491: Philosophy Internship
POL 391: Political Science Internship
PSY 491: Psychology Internship

*Internships related to Criminal Justice as approved by the Director.
**Advance research related to Criminal Justice in Independent studies courses or Honors Thesis programs.
*** Pre-requisites: PSY-100 is a pre-requisite  for these Psychology courses. SOC-101 is a pre-requisite for these Sociology courses. .  

Note: 
  • No course may be used to satisfy more than 1 requirement in the CJS major
  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 5 courses at the 300 or 400 levels