Criminal Justice

Our Mission
To provide an understanding of the fields of criminal justice, security and emergency management, and crime scene investigation. Our faculty members have a broad knowledge base and extensive experience in the field, which includes forensics, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, intelligence, security, political science, and emergency response and disaster management. We strive to provide students with tools for critical thinking, reasoning, writing, research, and applying knowledge.

Upon Graduation

Students may pursue graduate study leading to teaching and research at the university level, law school, or assume employment within law enforcement, corrections, court administration, security and emergency management, or other law related and social service areas within the federal, state and local government agencies or the private sector.

Learning your way

We offer courses in the traditional classroom format along with out-of-class field practicum exercise, internships, and evening/night classes. There are also Summer sessions to help you reach your goals faster. To fit your unique schedule and learning style, all of our courses are also available online.
  • Two of the following courses:
    • Introduction to US Government (PS 241)
    • General  Psychology (PY 201)
    • Introductory Sociology (SO 221)
    • Current Social Problems (SO 222)
  • One of the following courses:
    • Business Applications of Microcomputer Software (CIS 125)
    • Computer Skills for Problem Solving (CS 135)
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJ 250)
  • Criminology (CJ 323)
  • Professional Ethics and Legal Liabilities (CJ 326)
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice (CJ 440W)
  • Research Practicum in Criminal Justice (CJ 441)
  • 21 hours of Criminal Justice Electives

Total = 45 credit hours

  • CJ majors must complete an additional minor, second major, or second degree
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJ 250)
  • Corrections (CJ 285)
  • Criminal Law (CJ 295)
  • 9 hours Criminal Justice Electives (300 level or higher)

Total = 18 credit hours

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJ 250)
  • Forensic Investigation (CJ 406/406L)
  • Criminal Evidence (CJ 430)
  • Principles of Blood Pattern Analysis (CJ 431/431L)
  • Crime Scene Reconstruction (CJ 432)
  • Evidence Management (CJ 433)

Total = 20 credit hours

  • Survey of Homeland Security (SEM 250)
  • Intro to EM & Civil Response (SEM 255)
  • 6 hours SEM Electives (300 level or higher)
  • 6 hours of Criminal Justice Elective 6

Total = 18 credit hours

  • Survey of Homeland Security (SEM 250)
  • Intro to EM & Civil Response (SEM 255)
  • 6 hours SEM Electives (300 level or higher)

Total = 12 credit hours

  • 41-47 hours General Education Courses
  • 10 hours Required SEM and IDS Courses
  • 24 hours SEM Emphasis Courses (300 level or higher)
  • 49 hours additional SEM and Electives

Total = 128 credit hours

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