Criminal Justice and Criminology B.S.

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum3
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum11
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
CRJU   1100Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJU   2131Justice and Ethics3
PSYC   1101Introduction to Psychology3
SOCI   1101Introduction to Sociology3
STAT   2231Introduction to Statistics I3
Select 3 credit hours from the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology
Computer Applications
and Computer Concepts
Public Speaking
Foreign Language 1001 - Elementary I OR Foreign Language 1002 - Elementary II
Foreign Language 2001 - Intermediate I OR Foreign Language 2002 - Intermediate II
World Regional Geography
Introduction to International Studies
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Political Science
If any required Area F courses are taken to satisfy other areas of the core, select from the courses listed above.
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Major Requirements
Major Courses: (21 Credit Hours)
CRJU   3137Judicial Process3
CRJU   3230Policing3
CRJU   3233Criminal Behavior3
CRJU   3331Corrections3
CRJU   3234Research Methods3
CRJU   4531Comparative World Justice Systems3
CRJU   4632Senior Seminar in Justice Studies3
or CRJU   4792 Internship in Justice Studies
Select 15 credit hours from the following Upper Division courses:15
Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure
Juvenile Justice
Gangs and Society
Crimes Against Vulnerable Populations
Drugs and Society
Family Violence
School Violence
Communities and Crime
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Crime and Justice in Public Policy
The Death Penalty
Crimes Against Humanity
Equality, Crime, and Justice
Conflict Resolution
Popular Culture and Justice
Issues in Homeland Security
Counseling and Supervising Offenders
Directed Study in Justice Studies
Law and Society
Special Topics
Organized Crime in a Global Society
Theories of Justice
Internship in Justice Studies
Justice Administration
Select 9 credit hours from the following Multidisciplinary courses:Students are required to take a total of 9 credit hours related to Diversity, Human Behavior, and Institutional Processes; at least one course is required from each of those areas.9
Diversity: (at least one course required from this area)
Native Peoples of North America
Gender and Anthropology
Communication and Gender
Intercultural Communications
Crimes Against Vulnerable Populations
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Crimes Against Humanity
Equality, Crime, and Justice
Survey of African-American Literature
African American History to 1877
African American History Since 1877
Topics in U.S. Women's History
The Modern Middle East
Modern Southeast Asia
Modern Latin America
The Civil Rights Movement
Contemporary World Cultures
Feminist Philosophy
Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Gender and Politics
African American Politics
Ethnicity and Nationalism
Latin American Politics
Psychology of Gender
Race and Ethnicity
Sociology of Gender
Human Behavior: (at least one course required from this area)
Gangs and Society
Family Violence
School Violence
Conflict Resolution
Counseling and Supervising Offenders
Forensic Interviews and Interrogations
International Terrorism
Behavior Modification
Psychology of Substance Abuse
Abnormal Psychology
Social Psychology
Personality Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Motivation and Emotion
Substance Use and Abuse
Self and Society
Institutional Processes: (at least one course required from this area)
Communicating in the Workplace
Organizational Communication
Criminal Procedure
Communities and Crime
Crime and Justice in Public Policy
Issues in Homeland Security
Law and Society
Organized Crime in a Global Society
Internship in Justice Studies
Justice Administration
Language, Power, Politics
White Collar Crime
Principles of Management
Philosophy of Law
Constitutional Law: Government Powers
Politics and The Media
State and Local Government
Introduction to Bureaucratic Politics
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Social Problems
Sociology of Community
Sociology of the Family
Child Welfare and Family Services
Social Welfare Policy and Services
Organizations, Work, and Technology
Select 15 credit hours of Electives15
(A maximum of 9 credit hours of internship may be taken.)
Total Credit Hours126

Other Program Requirements

A minimum grade of “C” is required for each Area F, CRJU, and multidisciplinary requirements course taken in the major. This applies to all courses (lower and upper division). If advisor recommends, one “D” allowed if matched by “B” or higher in another course in the major.

Honors in Justice Studies

To graduate with Honors in Justice Studies, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • successfully complete at least three credit hours of UHON   4191 over three semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.


All Justice Studies majors, including students in the UHP, are advised by an advisor located in the Carroll Building, Room 1087, (912) 478-7740.