Curriculum for a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

The Curriculum for the Criminal Justice Major
42-credits

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

LAW 207: Criminal Justice Practice  
SOC 206: Theories of Deviance & Crime*
SOC 219: Introduction to Criminal Justice:  Police, Courts, Corrections*
PHL 115:  Ethics  
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)

CHOOSE ONE COURSE FROM EACH OF THE TWO AREAS BELOW 
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