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The Criminal Justice Major and Minor

A total of 45 credits are required to complete the criminal justice major: 30 credits of required courses and 15 credits of required electives.

Requirements for Admission to the Criminal Justice Major

A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or greater with a minimum of 30 credits will be required for admission to the Criminal Justice Major. The 30 minimum credit requirements must include the following courses: CJ 103 or CJ 110 (3 credits), English 101 (3 credits), Mathematics Requirement (3 credits), and Natural Science Requirement (4 credits).

Requirements for Maintenance of Criminal Justice Major Status

Criminal Justice majors are expected to maintain a 2.5 cumulative grade point average or higher, and a 2.75 grade point average or higher in their Criminal Justice courses; this includes courses taught by other academic units that are designated electives and/or requirements in the Criminal Justice Major.

Students who fail to maintain the required standards will be placed on departmental probation. If they do not meet the required standards after two semesters of being on departmental probation, they will be placed on departmental suspension indefinitely.  Once on departmental suspension, students are only allowed to take criminal justice courses that they have previously taken in an attempt to improve their CJ GPA.  If the student increases their CJ GPA to the required level, she or he will be taken off of departmental suspension and can, once again, pursue the criminal justice major.

Requirements to Graduate with a Criminal Justice Major

For a student to graduate with a Criminal Justice Major, the student must meet all University, College, and Criminal Justice Major requirements; also the Criminal Justice major must possess a 2.50 grade point average on all academic course work and maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA in all courses that count toward the major, with grades "C" or better.

Level 1 Courses (Required)

Criminal Justice Majors must have completed or be in the process of completing all Level 1 Courses prior to enrolling in Level 2 Courses.

CJ 110: Introduction to Criminal Justice Process[1] (3 credits); Prerequisites: None.

CJ 270: Introduction to Criminal Law (3 credits); Prerequisites: departmental consent.

Level 2 Courses (Required)

CJ 212: Management of Criminal Justice Organizations (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent. PA 221: Introduction to Public Administration (3 credits) may be taken as an alternate for CJ 212.

CJ 218: Adjudication Process in Criminal Justice (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 244: Correctional Process (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 281: Elementary Statistics in Criminal Justice Research (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, Math 104 or PBIS 187, 188, 189 or Math Placement Exam score higher than Math 104/PBIS, simultaneous enrollment in CJ 343, and departmental consent.

CJ 288: Police in Modern Society (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 343: Quantitative Research Design (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, simultaneous enrollment in CJ 281, and departmental consent.

CJ 351: Theories of Crime (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

Level 3 Courses (Electives)

Criminal Justice Majors must complete 15 credits of electives.  A minimum of 9 credits from the list of Level 3 Courses (Electives) must be completed.  Criminal Justice Majors may complete 6 credits of the required 15 elective credits by enrolling in suggested courses that are offered outside the Department of Criminal Justice (see the suggested list of CJ electives offerred outside the Department of Criminal Justice described below and/or see your advisor about these alternative electives).  However, this is not required.  Criminal Justice Majors may complete all of their elective credit requirements with Level 3 Elective Criminal Justice Courses.

CJ 304: Criminal Investigation (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 319: Criminal Courts: Proof of Guilt (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 328: Criminal Courts Behavior (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 331: Women and Crime (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 332: Institutional Violence (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 333: Illegal Bias in the Criminal Justice System (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 340: Police Administration (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 341: Administration of Police Operations (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 346: Community-Based Corrections (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 347: Juvenile Justice System (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 348: Law of Corrections (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 352: Organized Crime (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 353: Convict Criminology (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.

CJ 375: Special Topics – the topic of this course will vary (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, departmental consent, and at least one of the following: CJ 218, CJ 244, CJ 288.

A CJ major may take up to two CJ 375 courses (a total of 6 credits) as long as the topic for both CJ 375 courses differ.  If a CJ major does take more than one CJ 375 course, a curriculum modification form must be completed and filled out with either the Criminal Justice Office or a CJ faculty member.

CJ 396: Internship in Criminal Justice (1 – 8 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent. Additionally, see the information relating to additionally internship prerequisites.

CJ 446: Independent Study (1 - 3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, departmental consent, and general prerequisites as described by Course and Academic Advisement Policies.

CJ 474: Honors: Thesis (1 – 6 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, departmental consent, university honors status, and junior or senior status.

Level 4 Course (Required)

CJ 358: Major Criminal Justice Issues (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, all Level 2 courses, and departmental consent.


[1] Occasionally, the Department of Criminal Justice may offer CJ 103 (Introduction to Criminal Justice Process for non-majors).  If a non-major completes CJ 103 and later decides to major in criminal justice, CJ 103 will be accepted as an alternate for CJ 110.  Credit cannot be received for both CJ 103 and CJ 110.

Suggested list of CJ Electives taught outside the Department of Criminal Justice

This list does not contain all courses that may be relevant for CJ majors. Some courses may be offered infrequently, or the department may change prerequisites for courses preventing CJ majors from enrolling (see the relevant department for the required prerequisites and credits for these courses). New courses may be offered that are not on the list. Thus, we urge students to discuss the selection of other relevant electives from other departments not found on this list with their CJ advisor.  If a CJ major does select a course that is not listed here, she or he must complete a curriculum modification with either the Criminal Justice Office or a CJ faculty member.  It is recommended that the CJ major complete this form prior to enrolling in the selected elective.

Anthropology

21-312: The Indians of North America

21-324: Chicanos in America

College of Education and Humans Services

18-353: Domestic Violence

18-415: Legal and Ethical Aspects of Human Services

College of Business

28-314: Systems Analysis and Design

28-352: Organization and Human Resource Management

28-363: Employee Relations

Interdisciplinary Studies

94-210: The American Indian Experience

94-312: Health Care Politics and Administration

Philosophy

76-345: Philosophy of Law

Political Science

84-225: State and Local Government

84-304: Race & Ethnicity in United States Politics

84-306: Constitutional Law & Judicial Policy-Making II

84-310: Urban Government

84-392: Judicial Process in America

Psychology

86-224: Psychology of Human Sexuality

86-303: Psychology of Abnormal Behavior

86-305: Social Psychology

86-331: Infant & Child Development

86-355: Psychology of Adolescence

86-363: Industrial and Organization Psychology

86-367: Psychopharmacology

86-383: Biological Psychology

86-391: Developmental Psychology

86-463: Theories and Principles of Learning

86-481: Practices in Clinical Psychology

Public Administration

81-307: Administrative Law and Procedure

81-362: Public Personnel Administration

81-364: Administrative Leadership and Behavior

Social Work

93-333: Poverty

93-375: Treatment and Mistreatment of Offenders

Sociology

92-311: Sociology of the Modern City

92-325: Collective Behavior and Social Movements

92-331: Social Stratification

92-337: Work Industry and Occupation

92-351: Criminology

92-353: Juvenile Delinquency

92-355: Social Control

92-359: Minority Groups

92-361: Complex Organizations

92-365: Processes of Social Disorganization

92-369: Sociology of Deviance

92-373: Sociology of Law

Urban Planning

99-425: Computer Uses in Urban Analysis

The Criminal Justice Minor

A total of 21 credits are required to complete the criminal justice minor.  To complete the criminal justice minor, students are required to complete the following courses:

  • CJ 110: Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process (or CJ 103 with permission of the Chair of the Criminal Justice Department)
  • CJ 212: Management of Criminal Justice Organizations (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.  –OR-- PA 221: Introduction to Public Administration
  • CJ 218: Adjudication Process in Criminal Justice (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.
  • CJ 270: Introduction to Criminal Law (3 credits); Prerequisites: departmental consent.
  • CJ 244: Correctional Process (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.
  • CJ 288: Police in Modern Society (3 credits); Prerequisites: CJ 110 (or CJ 103), CJ 270, and departmental consent.
  • One Upper Level CJ Course[1]: CJ minors should choose from the following to complete the minor (3 credits): CJ 304, CJ 319, CJ 328, CJ 331, CJ 332, CJ 333, CJ 340, CJ 341, CJ 346, CJ 347, CJ 348, CJ 351, CJ 352, CJ 353, or CJ 375.



[1] Due to the fact that CJ 343 must be taken in conjunction with CJ 281, it is not recommended that CJ minors enroll in CJ 343 to complete the additional upper-level CJ requirement necessary to complete the minor.  This is due to the fact that this would increase the number of credits required to complete the minor from 21 credits to 24 credits.  Additionally, CJ 358 is the senior seminar capstone course that is, typically, reserved for CJ majors.  As such, CJ 358 is not recommended for CJ minors.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIPS

  • Students MUST meet with a Criminal Justice Faculty member before pursuing an internship opportunity.
  • Internships are available from 1-8 credits.
  • Students intending to take an internship must have completed at least 90 credits and have a 3.0 GPA in the major.

Although an internship is not required, it can be a very valuable experience.  Students are strongly encouraged to discuss internships with a Criminal Justice Faculty member.  Students should begin this process well before the semester in which they wish to register for the internship.  Internships are a privilege, not a right.  If students demonstrate excellent academic achievement (as evidenced by a 3.0 GPA in the CJ Major), as well as maturity, professionalism, and discretion, they may earn a criminal justice internship. If earned, criminal justice faculty members will work to provide a student intern with an academic experience within a criminal justice agency.

Internships also carry an academic requirement.  To successfully complete the academic portion, students must integrate the field experience with their academic curriculum.  Typically, this is done through periodic consultations with a faculty advisor during the internship, and the submission of a related paper or portfolio.

Since criminal justice agencies go out of their way to provide an educational experience for the student, we insist that the student be able to provide something to the agency as well.  We encourage each host agency to put the student’s academic skills to use, particularly in the area of research, analysis, and prison programming.  The criminal justice faculty will make a concerted effort to ensure that student interns receive real world experience within a criminal justice agency.

The availability of internship positions is limited.  For this reason, academic achievement is not the only criteria necessary to earn an internship.  The faculty evaluation of the student’s professionalism, maturity, and “fit” between the student and agency are all elements in the selection process.

NOTE: It is not always possible to place students in the agency of their choice; it is not always possible to provide an internship setting, even for deserving students.

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