A baccalaureate degree may be earned in Criminal Justice. No minor is required with this degree program, although the student may complete one if desired. The student may specialize in pre-law or law enforcement/corrections by choosing additional Criminal Justice electives.
Criminal Justice Major Requirements: 52 Semester Hours
Division Core Classes
CRJ 2013 Introduction to Criminal Justice
A study is made of the historical background to common law and criminal law including an overview concerning the structure of criminal justice and the enforcement of law. (Every Semester)
CRJ 2203 Criminology (Same as SOC 2203)
A survey of the nature of crime, criminal statistics, and theories of criminal causation and control. An examination of crime as a social problem. Prerequisite: CRJ 2013. (Every Semester)
CRJ 3014 Social Research Methods (same as PSY/SOC 3014)
An introduction to the concepts and methods associated with the practice of modern social inquiry. Concepts addressed include but are not limited to sampling, construct operationalization, research design, data collection, methods of analysis, and the dissemination of results. Also discussed are such enduring issues as reliability, validity, and research ethics. Prerequisite: PSY 1013 and Co-requisite or Prerequisite: MAT 2023..
CRJ 3023 Theories in Social Deviance (Same as SOC 3023)
A survey of contemporary theories and concepts used to analyze, understand, and explain social deviance and its consequences for individuals and society. A presentation of several contemporary forms of deviant behavior that currently attract the attention of major societal institutions.
CRJ 3033 Criminal Law
A survey of criminal and common law with emphasis upon definitions and interpretations by the courts. Prerequisite: CRJ 2013. (Every Fall)
CRJ 3043 Abnormal Psychology (same as PSY 3043)
This course covers the study of psychopathology, including an examination of causes, symptoms, and treatment of abnormal behavior. Prerequisites: PSY 1013 and JR standing. (Every Fall)
CRJ 3053 Criminal Procedure
An introduction to legal issues involved in the theory and practice of the criminal justice procedure regarding the accused from arrest to release. Prerequisite: CRJ 2013. (Every Spring)
CRJ 3113 Corrections
A survey of the historical development of the systems of punishment and rehabilitation. Analysis of the reasons for incarceration of offenders. Prerequisite: CRJ 2013. (Every Spring)
CRJ 3133 Minority Issues in Criminal Justice
This course examines how law and the criminal justice process impact minority groups in the United States. This will include theoretical perspectives on race, class, and gender. Students will also examine landmark court cases and policy initiatives and their impact on minorities. Students will also focus on cross-cultural contact with persons from diverse backgrounds
CRJ 3233 Law Enforcement
Basic course dealing with agencies involved in administration of justice; history and organization of local, state and federal agencies; courts, trial, jail, and prisons; probation and parole. Prerequisite: CRJ 2013. (Every Fall)
CRJ 3423 Applied Mediation
Active and experiential methods that focus on interpersonal situations in law enforcement/criminal justice agencies. Course will focus on good communication and mediation skills, multicultural contact situations in the workplace and community, and a special section on hate/bias crimes.
CRJ 4013 Comparative Criminal Justice
This course examines how various countries around the globe organize their criminal justice systems and satisfy police, court, and correction functions. It will provide students with an international perspective for understanding and appreciating the similarities and differences between legal traditions, criminal law and procedures, crime rates, and means of punishment. Prerequisite: CRJ 2013
CRJ 4073 Critical Perspectives in Criminal Justice
Capstone course for criminal justice majors to be taken during the senior year. It will emphasize and measure the acquisition of knowledge of the American criminal justice system, as well as a variety of applied skills including oral communication, effective writing, and decision-making skills. Prerequisite: SR standing, Instructor’s Permission. (Every Spring)