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2012 - 2013 College Catalog 
2012 - 2013 College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Criminal Justice (B.S.)

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The Bachelor of Science program is intended to provide the student with a broad-based liberal exposure to the multi-faceted field of Criminal Justice. In addition to close examination of the traditional core areas of Policing, the Courts, Corrections, and Juvenile Justice, the Program offers the student an interdisciplinary approach to criminal justice which involves required courses in such diverse fields as Psychology, Sociology, Literature and the Arts, Ethics, Mediation, and Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences.

The Program also offers two internships, in the junior and senior years, which afford the student real-world experience with a law enforcement or other governmental protective agency. These internship experiences often provide meaningful job opportunities after graduation.

Career and Graduate Study Options

Students with a degree in Criminal Justice are presented with a remarkably broad spectrum of employment and career opportunities upon graduation. Locally, students may pursue careers in Municipal Law Enforcement, Campus Police, Housing Authority agencies, Constable and Transit Police departments. Statewide, there are opportunities with the Highway Patrol, State Police, Fish and Wildlife Agencies, State Bureaus of Investigations, and Port authorities. At the federal level, criminal justice graduates may choose to pursue careers with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshall’s Service, or the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, among others.

Students with a degree in Criminal Justice may also pursue graduate school, in the areas of Criminal Justice, Social Work, Forensics, or Law.

Learning Objectives

In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will have:

  • A solid knowledge in the core areas of criminal justice, as identified by ACJS: criminal justice and juvenile justice processes, criminology, law enforcement, law adjudication, and corrections;
  • An understanding of research methodology used in the field;
  • An ability to think critically and express their thoughts effectively in oral and written form;
  • Ethical behavior in applying knowledge to related problems and changing fact situations;
  • An understanding and appreciation of various career paths and options available to them upon graduation from the program.

Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees

A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses (courses with the designation of CJ) in this major.


Total Credits Required: 120

I. Program Requirements: (48 credits)

Concentration Requirement: (12 credits)

Students take four courses in one of the concentration areas below. Students will declare their concentration at the end of their freshman year.

II. Other Required Courses: (45 credits)

  • Science Elective 3 Credits
    (Scientific Understanding)
  • History Elective 3 Credits
    (Historical Understanding)
  • Humanities Elective 3 Credits
    (Humanities/Fine Arts)
  • Literature Elective 3 Credits
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 Credits

III. Open Electives: (27 credits)

Total Credits: (120)

Suggested Course Sequence:

(Prerequisites of program-specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Descriptions.)

First Year: (30 credits)

  • Open Elective or Mathematics Elective (prereq for MA 201 if needed) 3 credits
  • Open Elective 3 credits 

Second Year: (30 credits)

  • Literature Elective 3 credits
  • Humanities Elective 3 credits 
  • Science Elective 3 credits
    (if not taking SC 207 for Forensics Concentration)

Third Year: (30 credits)

  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits 
  • History Elective 3 credits
  • Concentration Electives or Open Electives 6 credits

Fourth Year: (30 credits)

  • Concentration Electives or Open Electives 24 credits

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