Curriculum

The student must complete the following minimal requirements and earn a grade of C or better in all major field requirements. In addition to the criminal justice major field courses, students should select one of the criminal justice concentration areas as outlined below. The maximum number of hours in criminal justice courses allowed to count toward graduation is fifty(50). A minor is required.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION (50-55 HOURS)

  • Aesthetics
    (Completion of three hours from approved general education listing, 3 hours)
  • Biology 110-120 or 130-140 (8 hours)
  • Communications 230 (3 hours)
  • English 100-110-112 or 111-112 (6 - 11 hours)
  • English Language Literature (3 hours)
    (choose from English 250, 251, 260, 261, 270, or 271)
  • History 201-202 (6 hours)
  • Mathematics 140 and 160 or 210 (6 hours)
  • Social Science (12 hours)
    Sociology 201 and 202 and any other two course from the following:
    • Political Science 210-220
    • Psychology 101
    • Sociology 101-300
  • Social Work 220 (3 hours)

MAJOR FIELD (45 hours)

  • Criminal Justice 200, 220, 300, 303, 320, 325, 364, 370, and 460
  • Complete one of the Criminal Justice concentration areas outlined below.

Law Enforcement Concentration (18 hours)

This concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in law enforcement, with a special emphasis on course work that will develop the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level police work. This course work will also assist those students who wish to pursue educational opportunities at the master's level.

 

Concentration requirements

Criminal Justice 310, 420, either 400 or 470, and 9 upper-division hours (300-400) of criminal justice courses in addition to those listed under the major field core courses.

 

Corrections Concentration (18 hours)

This concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in the fields of institutional and community-based corrections, with a special emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level corrections, probation, or parole officer positions. This course work will also assist those students who wish to pursue educational opportunities at the master's level.

 

Concentration Requirements

Criminal Justice 380, 405, 415, and 9 upper-division hours (300-400) of criminal justice courses in addition to those listed under the major field core courses.

 

Courts and Law Concentration (18 hours)

This concentration is designed to prepare students for the development of knowledge and skills to assist with their pursuance of careers in the legal field, as well as provide preparation courses for those students planning to pursue further legal education.

 

Concentration Requirements

Criminal Justice 400, 410, 413, 420, and 6 upper-division hours (300-400) of criminal justice courses in addition to those listed under the major field core courses.

 

Generalist Concentration (18 hours)

This concentration is designed to allow students to create their own concentration areas through the development of knowledge and skills needed to address a wide array of employment choices and opportunities. This course work will also assist those students who wish to pursue educational opportunities at the master's level.

 

Concentration Requirements

Eighteen upper-division hours (300-400 level) of criminal justice courses excluding those listed under the major field core courses.

 

Minor Field (12 hours minimum)

Completion of course requirements (at least 12 hours) and any prerequisites for a minor in any area approved by the student's advisor.

 

General Electives

(choose enough electives to total 120 degree hours)

 

Minimum Hours Required For Graduation: 120

B.A. or B.S. Curriculum: A minor consists of Criminal Justice 200, 220, 300, and 9 additional hours selected from upper division criminal justice courses. (18 hours)