Criminal Justice

This program critically examines the social, cultural and individual-level factors which impact crime rates and the formal social control mechanisms (e.g., the police, the courts, and the penal system) charged with reducing these rates.
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The requirements listed on these pages may change by the year as programs and courses are added or altered. Archived Academic Catalogs for previous years can be viewed in pdf form here. These documents contains the specific academic requirements pertaining to those who entered the College before the 2015-16 year.

Criminal Justice Major

Professor Daniel Renfrow, Coordinator

The total number of courses required for the major is 13 (40-42 semester hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following:

CRIM 115 Introduction to Criminology (3 sem. hrs.)
CRIM 290/390 Internship in Criminal Justice (2-4 sem. hrs.)
CRIM 301 Criminal Justice (3 sem. hrs.)
CRIM 302 Corrections (3 sem. hrs.)
CRIM 401 Senior Research Seminar (4 sem. hrs.)
MATH 151 Elementary Statistics (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 101 General Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 151 Principles of Sociology (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 294 Research Methods for the Social Sciences (4 sem. hrs.)

Four additional courses with at least one from each area (12 sem. hrs.)

Ethical, Legal and Political Perspectives

INTL 151 Introduction to International Studies (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 240 Ethics (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 155 American Politics (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 230 Democratic Theory (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 285/385 Topics in Public Policy and Politics (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 360 The U.S. Judiciary (3 sem. hrs.)

Psychological Perspectives

PSY 227 Abnormal Behavior (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 235 Forensic Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 242 Drugs and Behavior (3 sem. hrs.)

Cultural and Structural Perspectives

SOC 235 Social Deviance (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 277 Social Inequalities (3 sem. hrs.)
 

Criminal Justice Minor

Professor Daniel Renfrow, Coordinator

The minor requires 7 courses (20-23 hours).

REQUIRED COURSES

All of the following:

CRIM 115 Introduction to Criminology (3 sem. hrs.)
CRIM 290 Internship in Criminal Justice (2-4 sem. hrs.)
CRIM 301 Criminal Justice (3 sem. hrs.)
CRIM 302 Corrections (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 235 Forensic Psychology (3 sem.hrs.)

Electives (two 3 credit courses OR a combination of courses that total 6 sem. hrs.)

BUS 305 Legal Environment of Business (3 sem. hrs.)
CHEM 105L Forensic Chemistry (3 sem. hrs.)
CRIM 285/385 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (3 sem. hrs.)
CRIM 390 Advanced Internship in Criminal Justice (2-4 sem. hrs.)
CRIM 399 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (1-3 sem. hrs.)
INTL 151 Introduction to International Studies (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 240 Ethics (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 310 Ethics, Law, and Policy (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 155 American Politics (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 230 Democratic Theory (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 285/385 Topics in Public Policy and Politics (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 320 Liberalism and Its Critics (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 360 The U.S. Judiciary (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 227 Abnormal Psychology (3 sem. hrs.)
PSY 242 Drugs and Behavior (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 235 Social Deviance (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 277 Social Inequality: Class and Ethnicity (3 sem. hrs.)

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