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Criminal Justice

A major in Criminal Justice consists of a minimum of 44 required semester hours, 36 required hours and 8 hours of electives. These hours are as follows:

Required Sociology/CJ Courses: CJ/SO 160, CJ 210, CJ 310, CJ/SO 341, CJ/SO 343, SO 286, and SO 384; two required Interdisciplinary Courses: PO 379 and BI XXX (Forensic Science); and one elective interdisciplinary course from the following: EN 172, EN 173, EN 176, EN 356, EN 373, GW 101, GW 102, GW 110, HI 211, HI 212, HI 313, RE 189, RE 200, RE 231, SO 206, SO 302, SO 307 or SO 365; and one additional elective course from CO 226, SO 218, SO 260, SO 344, SO 347, or another course approved by the Department Chair.

A minor in Criminal Justice consists of a minimum of 20 hours and must include the following courses: CJ/SO 160, CJ 210, CJ/SO 341; one elective CJ/SO course from CJ 310, CJ/SO 343, SO 286, or SO384; and one interdisciplinary course chosen from BI XXX (Forensic Science), CO 226,
EN 172, EN 173, EN 176, EN 356, EN 373, GW 101, GW 102, GW 110, HI 211, HI 212, HI 313, PO 379, RE 189, RE 200, RE 231, SO 206, SO 302, SO 307, SO 365.

Students must earn a ‘C’ (2.0) or better in each course to be counted toward the major or minor. Courses in the Criminal Justice major can share only three courses with a Sociology major. Courses in the Criminal Justice minor cannot also be credited to a Sociology major or minor.

Note: SO 101 is a prerequisite for sociology courses, and PO 101 is a prerequisite for PO 379.

GENDER AND WOMEN’S STUDIES CERTIFICATE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Students may complete coursework and an experiential learning component that focuses on the role of gender in Criminal Justice. Students who wish to pursue the certificate should contact the Gender and Women’s Studies coordinator and consult with the SO 341 or SO 344 instructor. The following is required:

  • Two of the following courses: GW 101, GW 102, GW 110
  • SO 341 or SO 344 (students must complete the prerequisite course(s) to enroll in either course): students would choose a gender-related topic for the final paper.
  • An internship or research experience (2-4 credits) that allows students to gain experience in their discipline, with the academic component having students apply Gender Studies’ texts, topics, and theories to their practical work.