Criminal Justice (B.S.)
The Bachelor of Science program is structured to provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of crime and justice within the framework of broader social processes. Required courses expose a criminal justice major to all aspects of the justice system and foster a systemic view rather than a specialization in a single component of this field. Within this broad framework, courses deal with specific substantive topics. Practical field experience can be arranged under the guidance of the internship coordinator.
The curriculum is designed to offer students a comprehensive education by providing a fundamental understanding of crime causation and the criminal justice system, together with the skills and knowledge useful in pursuing professional careers. Analytical and writing skills are developed so as to prepare students for roles in today's criminal justice agencies. Police departments, correctional facilities, and court administrators' offices require an increasing number of personnel with quantitative analytical abilities, computer skills, personal interaction skills, excellent command of English, knowledge of foreign languages, and the ability to understand legal materials.
Core Criminal Justice Courses include classes on theories of criminal behavior, criminal procedure, criminal justice institutions, criminal justice research methods, and the criminal justice process. These core courses are designed to acquaint students with problems of crime and deviance in American society, the major public institutions which deal with these problems, the legal foundation of criminal justice, and analytic research methods used to better understand the social and behavioral realities of criminal justice. Criminal justice majors must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average overall and in the major.
Criminal Justice Electives: A minimum of twelve credits must be selected for concentrated elective course work in the criminal justice field. The approved criminal justice electives provide a structured set of rigorous upper-division courses which are relevant to: 1) a deeper understanding of the justice process and 2) knowledge and skills in specific career areas in the field.
Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.