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College of Human Ecology


Department of Criminal Justice


William P. Bloss, Chair, 247 Rivers Building

The Department of Criminal Justice offers the bachelor of science in criminal justice, minor in criminal justice, minor in forensic science, master of science in criminal justice and graduate certificate in security studies. (See also graduate catalog.) Program admission is competitive and admission to the university and/or achieving a minimum 2.0 GPA does not guarantee admission to criminal justice courses or the BS or minor degree programs.

To be eligible for the program as a criminal justice major or a minor, a student is required to have completed 32 s.h. with a minimum overall 2.0 GPA, including work transferred from another institution, and must have completed JUST 1000 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher. Transfer students admitted to the university with a minimum of 32 s.h. of credit must establish an overall 2.0 GPA at the university prior to admission into the criminal justice program and have completed JUST 1000 or equivalent with a minimum grade of C (2.0) . Criminal justice majors and criminal justice minors are expected to maintain an overall 2.0 GPA throughout the program. Further information may be obtained from the criminal justice departmental office, 245 Rivers Building.

In addition to the above requirements, to be admitted to the minor in forensic science, students need to have a minimum overall 2.5 GPA. They are also expected to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 throughout the program.

The major in criminal justice is designed to prepare students for entrance into professional positions in the field of criminal justice, graduate studies, or law school. The program requires mandatory field internship to be undertaken during the final semester of the program. Students with sufficient criminal justice work experience may request the departmental chair for exemption from the internship. Field placement settings include probation and parole agencies, juvenile facilities, public and private law offices, federal and state prisons, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Students must submit an application two semesters prior to completing requirements for the degree; they must have an overall 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for consideration.

BS in Criminal Justice

Criminal justice majors, criminal justice minors and forensic science minors must pass all required criminal justice courses and supportive area criminal justice courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0) . Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum) including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    History course
    POLS 1010. National Government (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    SOCI 2110. Introduction to Sociology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
  2. Core - 33 s.h.
    JUST 1000. Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) (F,S,SS)
    JUST 3004. Crime and Criminality (3) (F,S) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 3500. Principles of Criminal Law (3) (F,S) (P: JUST or SOCW major/minor; JUST 1000)
    JUST 3700. Race, Gender and Special Populations in the Criminal Justice System (3) (F,S) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 3800. Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3) (F,S) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 3900. Introductory Statistics for Criminal Justice (3) (F,S) (P: JUST major/minor; JUST 3800)
    JUST 4200. The Juvenile Justice System (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 4500. Issues and Problems in Criminal Justice (3) (F,S)
    JUST 4990. Field Education and Seminar (9) (F,S,SS) (P: Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA to be eligible for consideration; completion of all required JUST and supportive area courses; selection based upon availability of appropriate placements and criteria specified in Criminal Justice Student Handbook)
  3. Corrections and Law Enforcement Emphases (Choose 3 s.h. from each area.) - 6 s.h.
    Corrections:
    JUST 3008. Correctional Systems (3) (F,S) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 3502. Correctional Law (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 4006. Community Corrections (3) (F,SS) (P: JUST major/minor)
    Law Enforcement:
    JUST 3006. Security Systems (3) (S,SS) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 3007. Criminal Investigation (3) (F) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 3012. Police Operations (3) (S) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 3501. Criminal Procedures (3) (F,S) (WI) (P: JUST major/minor)
  4. Cognates - 3 s.h.
    BITE 2112. Introduction to Information Processing Technology (3) (F,S,SS) or MIS 2223. Introduction to Computers (3) (F,S,SS) or ITEC 2000. Industrial Technology Applications of Computer Systems (3) (F,S,SS)
  5. Specified Electives - 18 s.h.
    Choose a minimum of 3 s.h. from:
    JUST 3003. Addiction, Crime, and the Criminal (3) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 3101. Conflict Management (3) (F,S) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 3102. Interviewing in Criminal Justice (3) (F,S) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 4004. Criminal Justice History (3) (S) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 4005. Organized Crime (3) (SS) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 4300. Criminal Justice Administration and Management (3) (S) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 4401, 4402, 4403. Independent Study (1,2,3) (F,S,SS) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 4600. Special Topics in Criminal Justice (3) (F or S or SS) (P: JUST major/minor)
    JUST 5000. Comparative Criminal Justice (3) (P: JUST major/minor)
    Choose a minimum of 15 s.h. from outside criminal justice above 2999 with approval of advisor
  6. General Electives to complete requirements for graduation.

Criminal Justice Minor

The minor in criminal justice requires 24 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Core - 9 s.h.
    JUST 1000. Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) (F,S,SS)
    JUST 3004. Crime and Criminality (3) (F,S) (P: JUST 1000)
    JUST 3500. Principles of Criminal Law (3) (F,S) (P: JUST 1000)
  2. Electives from criminal justice courses (may not include JUST 4990) - 15 s.h.

Forensic Science Minor

The minor in forensic science requires 24-26 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Core - 15 s.h.
    JUST 1000. Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) (F,S,SS)
    JUST 3007. Criminal Investigation (3) (F,S) (P: JUST major/minor or forensic science major)
    JUST 3020. Introduction to Forensic Science (3) (F,S,SS) (P: JUST major/minor or forensic science major)
    JUST 3021. Forensic Impressions and Markings (3) (F,S,SS) (P: JUST major/minor or forensic science minor)
    JUST 3022. Crime Scene Investigation (3) (F,S,SS) (P: JUST major/minor or forensic science minor)
    Substitute core courses may be approved by the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice.
  2. Electives - 9-11 s.h.
    CHEM 2650. Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences (4) (F) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161)
    BIOL 2130. Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy (4) (F,S,SS) (P:BIOL 1050, 1051; or 1100,1101)
    ANTH 3026. Forensic Anthropology (3) (S) (P: ANTH 2015, 2016; or consent of instructor)
    Other courses approved by the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice.