Criminal Justice


B.A./M.S. in Criminal Justice

This program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice in as few as five years. You may apply at the beginning of your junior year, and then earn 12 credits toward the master’s degree in your senior year, and complete the program in one additional year by taking 24 more credits.

The 144-credit accelerated program combines a broad-based liberal arts undergraduate education with specialized graduate coursework. The program develops the professional knowledge and skills required for rewarding careers within the field of criminal justice. We offer a wide variety of courses specifically related to the study of law. Experienced faculty members, a well-established internship program, professional networking opportunities, and knowledgeable academic and career advisors empower our students to get the most out of their education.

Academic Policies

All non-Criminal Justice majors may take any criminal justice course without any prerequisites.

All Criminal Justice majors are required to take CRJ 11 and 23 as prerequisites or co-requisites for CRJ 20, 30, 37, 38, 41, 44, 68, 76 and 85. There are no prerequisites for Criminal Justice elective courses.

Criminal justice majors must take CRJ 20 and 85 in their senior year.

In-service students may substitute CRJ 85 by completing two advanced courses in Criminal Justice.

Major Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Undergraduate Criminal Justice Courses
(All of the following)
CACJ 11 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CACJ 20 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice 3
Theories of Crime 3
CACJ 30 Gender and the Law 3
CACJ 37 Foundations for Scholarship
CACJ 38 Methods of Criminal Justice Research
CACJ 41 Criminal Law 3
CACJ 44 The Police and Community Relations
CACJ 60 Terrorism
CACJ 68 Correctional Philosophy 3
CACJ 76 Criminal Procedure 3
 CB.A. Criminal Justice Capstone Course
(Must be taken in Senior Year)
CACJ 85 Criminal Justice Practicum 3
 Graduate Major Requirements
CACJ 555 Cyber Security
CACJ 675  Critical Issues in Criminal Justice
CACJ 690  Theories of Crime Causation
CACJ 699 Foundations of Scholarship
CACJ 700  Research Design and Methods
CACJ 760 Terrorism 
 M.S. Criminal Justice Capstone Courses
(Students must take consecutively in their last two semesters.)
CACJ 707 Thesis Research  3
CACJ 708  Thesis Consultation
 General Graduate Criminal Justice Courses 
CACJ 523 Computers and the Criminal Justice System
CACJ 530 Victimology
CACJ 577 Police and Professionalism  3
CACJ 600  Advanced Standing Criminal Justice I 
CACJ 601  Advanced Standing Criminal Justice II  3
CACJ 630  Forensic Psychology  3
CACJ 631  Seminar in Organized Crime 
CACJ 635  The Mass Murderer and the Violent Criminal
CACJ 640 Seminar in Administration of Juvenile Justice  3
CACJ 655 Counseling in Criminal Justice 
CACJ 680  Graduate Internship
CACJ 698 Crime and Criminality in Cinematography

Core Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1* Writing 1 3
ENG 2* Writing 2 3
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures (ECO 10 Required) 3
One additional course from one of the above clusters.  3

For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the core curriculum section of this bulletin.


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