Criminal Justice Program

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Criminal Justice prepares students for the professional world through a broad presentation of issues that address the six content areas recommended by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS):  Administration of Justice, Corrections, Criminological Theory, Law Adjudication, Law Enforcement, and Research Analytic Methods, in addition to a systematic examination of issues of diversity and ethics.  In addition to fulfilling these national standards, the program focuses coursework on law enforcement and security issues associated with wetlands, coastal, and maritime concerns, using the experience of and issues uniquely associated with the university’s service region as a model for global issues.

New university students will begin the program with courses satisfying general education requirements (GER) as well as other requirements (UR, OCR) in preparation for courses in criminal justice principles, namely CRJU 290 and CRJU 291.  Students with an Associate of Science degree are immediately eligible to enter the program at the junior level.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

  • (CLR) Computer Literacy Requirement;
  • (GER) General Education Requirement;
  • (OCR) Oral Communication Requirement;
  • (UR) University Requirement

Suggested Course Sequence:

YEAR* COURSE NAME COURSE NUMBER REQUIREMENT CREDIT HRS
1 ENGL 101 GER 3
1 ENGL 102 GER 3
1 Freshman Seminar Course UR 1
1 GOVT 101 GER 3
1 HIST Elective GER 3
1 SOCI 151 or PSYC 101 GER 3
1 MATH Elective GER 3
1 MATH Elective GER 3
1 Natural Sciences Elective GER 3
1 Computer Literacy Elective(s) CLR 2
1 Elective or Minor 3
2 Fine Arts Elective GER 3
2 Natural Sciences Elective GER 3
2 Natural Sciences Elective GER 3
2 SPCH 101 OCR 3
2 ENGL Literature Elective GER 3
2 Humanities Elective GER 3
2 CRJU 260 3
2 CRJU 290** 3
2 CRJU 291** 3
2 Elective or Minor 3
3 ENGL 366 or 368 GER 3
3 HIST 320 3
3 Approved Social Sciences Electives *** 300-level or above 6
3 CRJU 306 3
3 CRJU 309 3
3 CRJU 311, 312, or 313 8
3 CRJU 400 3
3 Elective or Minor 3
4 CRJU 401 3
4 CRJU 403 3
4 CRJU 404 3
4 CRJU 405 3
4 CRJU 470 3
4 CRJU 481 1
4 CRJU 498 3
4 Elective or Minor 3
4 Elective or Minor 3
4 Elective or Minor 3
TOTAL HOURS     120

*Recommend complete as Freshman (1), Sophomore (2), Junior (3), Senior (4)**Students holding an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice may elect to take adviser approved Social Science Elective.
*** Social Sciences Electives may include: program adviser-approved 300+ CRJU courses; SOCI 385, 386, 387, 390, and program adviser-approved 372 topics; GOVT 399, 400, 423, and program adviser-approved 365 topics; PSYC 301, 402, and program adviser-approved 407 topics.