COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES

B.A. IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

The Criminal Justice major is designed to take the student through the sequence of events in the criminal justice system, including entry into the system, prosecution and pretrial services, adjudication, sentencing and sanctions, and corrections. Each sequence is studied in detail in a variety of related courses. We offer a wide variety of courses specifically related to the study of law.

Our programs provide an excellent pathway towards the study of law in addition to a substantial number of courses devoted to criminal justice theory, the student is exposed to the practice of criminal justice. Criminal Justice majors are required to complete a senior level internship in which they gain first-hand experience with the criminal justice system.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The LIU Brentwood Criminal Justice Program focuses on court systems, corrections and rehabilitation, juvenile justice, courts, forensic psychology and the formation of laws and codes.

Career opportunities are wide ranging and include:

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Attorney
  • Corrections Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Paralegal
  • Private Security Manager
  • Customs Agent
  • Federal Officer
  • Homeland Security Officer
HONOR SOCIETY

ALPHA PHI SIGMA

The Epsilon Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma (The National Criminal Justice Honor Society) is open to all students who have completed half their Criminal Justice courses while in residence at LIU Brentwood and who have maintained a minimum overall index of 3.2 and 3.2 in criminal justice. On the graduate level, an overall criminal justice index of 3.4 is required.


Admissions Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The admissions requirements for our upper-division undergraduate program in criminal justice are as follows:

  • Application for Admission. We also have a paper application.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Grade point average of 2.0 or higher, on a 4-point scale.
  • If you hold a degree from outside the United States your official records of all post-secondary education must be translated by an approved organization such as World Education Services (WES). You may purchase this translation by contacting WES, www.wes.org or telephone at 1-800-937-3895. Request a course-by-course translation with conversion of all grades into a U.S.4- point scale with U.S. degree equivalencies. This translation must be received by the Office of Admissions in an envelope sealed by WES.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. The TOEFL or IELTS is generally not required of candidates who have studied for at least two years at an accredited high school or post-secondary institution where English is the only method of instruction, unless there is a need for additional evidence of proficiency in English upon review of other academic credentials. The minimum TOEFL score for admission: 71 Internet-based score (197 computer based, 527 paper-based score) or minimum IELTS score for admission: 6.0 (effective Spring 2012).

LIU Brentwood does not admit first-time freshman. Students applying to the upper-division undergraduate program must have completed a minimum of 24 credits in liberal arts course work and/or an associate degree from an accredited college or university. Transfer students are evaluated primarily on the basis of their college work. For information contact the Admissions Office at 631-273-5112.

TRANSFER CREDITS

The program is designed for transfer students who have earned an associate degree or a minimum of 24 credits in liberal arts from an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Students who have completed fewer than 24 credits are encouraged to apply to the B.A. Criminal Justice Program at the LIU Post. Transfer students are eligible to transfer a maximum of 72 credits for all courses taken at an accredited two-year college, and a maximum of 96 credits from an accredited four-year college. Transfer credit is awarded for academic courses successfully completed with a grade of C- or better at an accredited college or university. A student transferring to LIU Brentwood with a conferred associate degree from an accredited institution will receive a maximum of 72 transfer credits including for courses in which they received D grades, provided those courses were required for the degree. A student transferring from a non-accredited institution must consult with his or her academic counselor to determine transfer credit eligibility.

Program Requirements

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

I. COLLEGE CORE CURRICULUM (44-45 CREDITS)

Language/Literature (6 credits required in one subject area)

  • LANG 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 12 (French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew, Japanese, Russian)
  • ENG 7, 8

History/Philosophy (9 credits required in one subject area)

  • HIS 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
  • PHL 8, 13, 25, 26

Political Science/Economics (6 credits required)

  • ECO 11, 12
  • POL 1, 2

Social Sciences (6 credits required in one subject area)

  • PSY 1, 2** (Psychology)
  • SOC 1, 2 (Sociology)
  • ANP 1, 2 (Anthropology)
  • GGR 1, 2 (Geography)

Laboratory Science (8 credits required in one subject area)

  • BIO 1, 2, or 7, 8 or 103, 104
  • CHM 1, 2; GLY 1, 2
  • AST (PHY) 9, 10; PHY 9, 10, or 11, 12; PSY 3, 4**; ERS 1, 2

Fine Arts (6 credits required, maximum of 3 in one subject area)

  • ART 1, 5, 17, 18; CMA 9; DAN 1, 8
  • CIN 11; THA 1, 42; MUS 1, 2

Mathematics (3 credits required)

  • MTH 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16

Intro to College (1 credit, not required for transfer students)

  • COLL 101

** Students may take either PSY 1, 2 or to satisfy the Social Sciences core or PSY 3, 4 to satisfy the Laboratory Science core but NOT both.

Students transfer to LIU Brentwood as "core complete" if they have received A.A. or A.S. degrees from institutions with which we have articulation agreements, or other accredited institutions granting Liberal Arts degrees. Students with degrees from technical institutions would not qualify as core complete.

II. COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS (6 CREDITS)

All students must exhibit proficiency in writing, computer literacy, oral communication, and library use. Please see below for details.

A. Writing (6 credits)

  • ENG 1 or 1S or 1G Composition
  • ENG 2 Composition: Argument and Analysis

B. Computer Competency (may be satisfied in one of four ways)

  • Take and pass the Computer Competency Examination, which is offered each semester.
  • Enroll in and satisfactorily complete the non-credit Computer Competency Workshop, COM 01, offered by the Department of Computer Science.
  • Enroll in and satisfactorily complete a credit -bearing introductory course.
  • Student previously completed an associate degree

C. Oral Competency (may be satisfied in one of three ways)

  • Take and pass the Oral Competency Examination, which is offered each semester.
  • Enroll in and satisfactorily complete a credit-bearing introductory course.
  • Student previously completed an associate degree

D. Library Competency (may be satisfied in one of three ways)

  • Take and pass the Library Competency Examination, which is offered each semester.
  • Enroll in and satisfactorily complete a non-credit-bearing workshop.
  • Student previously completed an associate degree

III. CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (45 CREDITS)

Course

CRJ 11* 

Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRJ 20 

Critical Issues in Criminal Justice

CRJ 23*

Theories of Crime

CRJ 30*

Gender and the Law

CRJ 37

Foundations for Scholarship

CRJ 38

Methods of Criminal Justice Research

CRJ 41

Criminal Law

CRJ 44 

Police and Community Relations

CRJ 68

Correctional Philosophy

CRJ 76   

Criminal Procedure

CRJ 85**

Criminal Justice Practicum (6 credits)

CRJ Elective Credits (9 credits)

*For Criminal Justice Majors - CRJ 11, and 23 are prerequisites for all other Criminal Justice core classes.

** In-service students may substitute two advanced courses in Criminal Justice for CRJ 85.

IV. ELECTIVES (33 CREDITS)

Free Elective Credits (29 credits)
Liberal Arts Elective (4 credits)

Notes:  129 credits are required for graduation (transfer students must complete 128). Students receiving a B.A. must complete 96 credits in Liberal Arts.

Writing Across the Curriculum Program (WAC)
Sections of CRJ 37 and CRJ 30 are often offered in Writing Intensive format to fulfill requirements of Writing Across the Curriculum Program. Students must check with their academic advisor and consult the current schedule of classes for course offerings.

Course Descriptions

CRJ 11 Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course covers agencies and processes involved in the administration of criminal justice. It surveys the roles of the police, district attorney, courts, probation, corrections and parole.

Credits: 3 Every Fall

 

CRJ 20 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice

This course reviews contemporary issues in criminal justice. Issues such as court administration, fourth and fifth amendment rights, issues of due process, use of insanity plea, American women and crime, comparative studies in delinquency prevention, capital punishment, crime trends, sentence disparity, alternatives to incarceration, parole and probation, racism in the criminal justice system, etc. are included. Co-requisite of CRJ 11 and 23 are required for all CRJ majors.

Credits: 3 Every Spring

CRJ 23 Theories of Crime Causation

This course surveys major psychological, sociological, economic, anthropological and biological causative theories relating to crime and delinquency. Prerequisite of CRJ 11 is required.

Credits: 3 Every Fall

 

CRJ 30 Gender and the Law

This course examines the legal system in the United States as it affects women. Particular attention is paid to criminal law as it relates to: issues of privacy; marriage and family life; affirmative action progress; role of women in the criminal justice system; women as victims of crime; and women of color. Co-requisite of CRJ 11 and 23 are required for all CRJ majors.

Credits: 3 Every Fall

 

CRJ 37 Foundations for Scholarship

This course develops tools for conducting research and for writing criminal justice papers. Tools include the following: approaches to writing a research paper, correct grammar usage, forms of documentation, library resources, data sources and computer usage. Topics cover various aspects within the field of criminal justice. Co-requisite of CRJ 11 and 23 are required for all CRJ majors.

Credits: 3 Every Fall

CRJ 38 Methods of Criminal Justice Research This course discusses the descriptive and inferential function of statistics. Topics include measurement, measures of centrality, dispersion, correlation, regression, parametric and non-parametric measures. Multiple correlation and regression are also discussed. Co-requisite of CRJ 11 and 23 are required for all CRJ majors.

Credits: 3 Every Spring

 

CRJ 41 Criminal Law

This course examines the application of criminal law in the American judicial system specifically. Preservation and protection of life and property through the law is discussed. This course is a survey of historical and philosophical concepts. Co-requisite of CRJ 11 and 23 are required for all CRJ majors.

Credits: 3 Every Spring

 

CRJ 44 The Police and Community Relations

This course discusses community tensions and conflicts and the special role of law enforcement agencies. Topics include the administrative responsibilities of the police and the social obligations of officers in the field. Co-requisite of CRJ 11 and 23 are required for all CRJ majors.

Credits: 3 Every Spring

 

CRJ 68 Correctional Philosophy: Theory and Practice

This course is an introductory survey of the philosophy, theory, and practice involved in the treatment of convicted law violators of all ages. The course also studies the effect of institutional treatment upon post-correctional behavior. Co-requisite of CRJ 11 and 23 are required for all CRJ majors.

Credits: 3 Every Fall

CRJ 76 Criminal Procedure

This course surveys the Constitutional rights and safeguards of individuals from unlawful activities of investigative agencies. The rules of evidence and the protection of individual rights in the administration of criminal justice are examined. Co-requisite of CRJ 11 and 23 are required for all CRJ majors.

Credits: 3 Every Spring

CONTACT

LIU Brentwood
Abagail Van Vlerah, Dean
Abby.VanVlerah@liu.edu

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