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

  • Crime in America (CJ 618)
  • Methods of Research in Criminal Justice (CJ 640)
  • Criminological Theory (CJ 650)
  • 21 hours Criminal Justice Electives (500 level or higher) from the following:
    • Criminal Investigation (CJ 505)
    • Forensic Investigation (CJ 506)
    • Criminal Evidence (CJ 530)
    • Criminal Procedure (CJ 534)
    • Theory and Control of Crime (CJ 550)
    • Psychological Dimensions of Criminal Justice Practice (CJ 580)
    • Special Topics (CJ 591)**
    • Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice (CJ 606)
    • Nature and Function of the American Judicial System (CJ 610)
    • Management and Policy in Criminal Justice Organizations (CJ 614)
    • Contemporary Issues in Corrections (CJ 622)
    • Victimology (CJ 630)
    • Advanced Criminal Procedure (CJ 634)
    • Advanced Statistical Procedure (CJ 645)
    • Comparative Criminal Justice (CJ 660)
    • Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement (CJ 690)
    • Special Topics (CJ 691)
    • Thesis (CJ 695)
    • Independent Study/Research (CJ 699)

Total = 30 credit hours

  • 30 THESIS OPTION: Students choosing the Thesis Option must complete a minimum of 6 semester hours of CJ 695, Thesis, in addition to 9 semester hours of core and 15 additional semester hours of 500-600 level criminal justice electives.
  • NON-THESIS OPTION: Students choosing the Non-Thesis Option must, in the last semester in which all other course requirements are expected to be completed, register for CJ 698 (Comprehensive Examination) in order to take a written comprehensive examination prior to graduation in order to complete the program.

* A maximum of 15 hours can be taken at the 500 level. Students are not permitted to receive credit for a 500-level course if they received credit for the comparable senior-level undergraduate course. Up to six hours of electives may be taken outside the Department of Criminal Justice with prior approval from the Department of Criminal Justice.

  • 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)
  • 12 hours SEM Electives (300 level or higher)
    • Or CJ with departmental approval

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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