Criminal Justice

Program Goals

The Criminal Justice Major is designed to provide students with substantial knowledge of how the criminal justice system works on the local, state, and federal level. There is also a focus on understanding of the changing nature of interactions between criminal justice institutions and the people in these environments. Students will gain an awareness of the impact of different social forces on the types and rates of criminal conduct. The career choices for criminal justice majors are diverse and can include work in corrections, probation, the court system, and in a wide range of law enforcement agencies. Majoring in criminal justice also provides excellent preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate work in the fields of law, public and criminal justice system administration, political science and social work.

Outcomes

  • Define and describe the basic principles of organization of the government and criminal justice system
  • Describe concepts of crime and punishment
  • Apply ethical standards required of a criminal justice professional and incorporate interpersonal skills into a multi-cultural environment
  • Apply analytical and critical thinking skills to become an autonomous thinker, creative problem solver, and informed decision maker
  • Use current technologies and demonstrate the knowledge of basic concepts of sciences used in the field of Criminal Justice

Requirements

Law Enforcement Emphasis | Legal Studies Emphasis | Forensic Studies Emphasis

Core Curriculum

Course Number Credits Course Description
SOC 101 3 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 203 3 Introduction to Criminal Justice
SOC 207 3 Criminal Law I
PHL 217 3 Critical Reasoning
SOC 205 3 Research Methods
SOC 306 3 Social Statistics
SOC 314 3 Criminology Theory
SOC 315 3 Court and Corrections
SOC 320 3 Introduction to Law Enforcement
SOC 410 3 Senior Seminar
ENG 314 3 Legal Analysis and Writing
PSY 101 3 General Psychology
POL 201, 101 3 State and Local Government OR American Government
Two (2) Departmental Electives    
Total Core Credits 45  

 

Law Enforcement Emphasis

Course Number Credits Course Description
PHL 111, 215 3 Everyday Ethics OR Ethics
PSY 301 3 Social Psychology
PSY 214 3 Abnormal Psychology
SOC 322 3 Forensic Science
SOC 345, 353 3 Criminal Investigation OR Criminal Evidence
Total 15  

 

Legal Studies Emphasis

Course Number Credits Course Description
POL 400 3 Legal Problem Solving
POL 401 3 Supreme Court and Constitutional Law
PHL 303 3 Legal Philosophy
SOC 301 3 Law & Society
Select One of the Following    
POL 204 3 Legal Systems
BUS 334 3 Business Law
COM 404 3 Media Law and Ethics
Total 15  

 

Forensic Science Emphasis

Course Number Credits Course Description
FSC/CHE 101 3 Intro to Chemistry
FSC/CHE 120 3 Intro to Forensic Chemistry
BIO 305 3 Biological Techniques
SOC 322 3 Forensic Science
SOC 345, 353 3 Criminal Investigation OR Criminal Evidence
Total 15  

 

Students earning a degree in a Major from any other Department may qualify for a Minor in Crimnal Justice. The Minor requires the completion of 15 credit hours.

Criminal Justice Minor

Course Number Credits Course Description
SOC 101 3 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 203 3 Introduction to Criminal Justice
SOC 315 3 Court and Corrections
SOC 207 3 Criminal Law I
One (1) Departmental Elective 3  
Total 15