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The Criminal Justice Major requires 65-67 semester hours, including 41-43 major core hours and 24 support core hours.

View the full course check sheet for detailed information about course requirements (pdf).

Major core courses

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  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (CRJU 1010)
  • Judicial Systems (CRJU 2010)
  • Fundamentals of Law Enforcement (CRJU 2030)
  • Criminal Law & Processing (CRJU 2050)
  • Crime Victims and the Criminal Justice System (CRJU 3010)
  • Criminology (CRJU 3020)
  • Research Methods (CRJU 3040)
  • Correctional Services (CRJU 3050)
  • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (CRJU 3070)
  • Juvenile Delinquency (CRJU 3120)
  • Ethical Practices in the Criminal Justice System (CRJU 4010)
  • Integrative Seminar (CRJU 4100)
  • Internship (CRJU 4500)

Support core courses

  • Introduction to Computers & Applications (CSCI 1010)
  • Computer Applications: Database (CSCI 104?)
  • Drugs, HIV, and the Family (SOCS 206)
  • American Studies: Constitutional History(POLS 2300) or Principles of Political Science (POLS 3100) or American Government (POLS 3200)
  • Modern Social Problems (SOCS 1020)
  • Ethnic & Social Diversity (SOCS 2050)
  • Counseling Theory and Practice(PSYC 3300)
  • Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 4020)
  • Argumentation & Debate (COMM 2207) or Principles of Persuasion & Criticism (COMM 3302) or Cross Cultural Communication (COMM 2206) or Organizational Communication & Leadership (COMM 4405)

Each student is strongly encouraged to consider the inclusion of an emphasis/track or a minor in the program of study. This should be selected in consultation with the faculty advisor and consideration given to specific professional aspirations, broad career preparation, and the unique academic interests of the student. An emphasis requires 12 semester hours, while the requirements of the minors vary between 18 and 21 semester hours. Established emphasis tracks include Juvenile Justice and Comparative Criminal Justice.

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