College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Criminal Justice Studies : Major

Requirements for Criminal Justice Studies Major
Criminal Justice Studies majors must complete 24 credit hours in required courses including:

I. Core courses (24 credit hours)
CRIM 340 Concepts of Penology (Prerequisite SOCI 245) (4 credits)
CRIM 351 Seminar in Criminal Behavior (Prerequisite SOCI 245) (4 credits)
POLS 232 Judicial Processes (2 credits)
POLS 417 American Civil Liberties (2 credits)
PSYC 342 Abnormal Psychology (4 credits)
SOCI 245 Crime and Society (Prerequisite SOCI 110) (4 credits)
SOCI 344 Sociology of Deviance (Prerequisite SOCI 110) (4 credits)

II. Elective courses (20 credit hours)
ANTH 312 Violence and Culture (4 credits)
CRIM 322 Juvenile Justice (2 credits)
CRIM 332 Focusing on Police (2 credits)
CRIM 400 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (2-4 credits)
CRIM 450 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (4 credits)
CRIM 470 Fieldwork in Criminal Justice (4 credits)
ENVS 220 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
PHIL 281 Ethics (4 credits)
POLS 242 Approaches to Law (4 credits)
POLS 273 Terrorism and International Security (4 credits)
POLS 313 State and Local Politics (4 credits)
POLS 316 American Constitutional Law and Politics (4 credits)
POLS 355 Public Policy (4 credits)
PSYC 282 Social Psychology (4 credits)
SOCI/POLS 230 Introduction to Data Analysis and Statistics (4 credits)
SOCI 235 Socialization (4 credits)
SOCI 242 Social Problems (2 credits)
SOCI 253 Social Welfare Institutions (4 credits)
SOCI 343 Race and Ethnicity (4 credits)
SOCI 431 Research Design and Strategies (4 credits)
SPAN 301 Advanced Conversation and Composition

III. Institutes
In addition students majoring in Criminal Justice Studies are required to attend at least two institutes. These are normally offered twice a year for a half day. They deal with specific issues facing professionals in the criminal justice field.

Criminal Justice Minor

Requirements for Criminal Justice Minor
Criminal Justice Studies minors must complete 22 credit hours including:

POLS 110 Introduction to American Politics (4 credits)
POLS 232 Judicial Processes (2 credits)
SOCI 110 Introduction to Sociology (4 credits)
SOCI 245 Crime and Society (4 credits)
SOCI 344 Sociology of Deviance (4 credits)
CRIM 340 Concepts in Penology (4 credits)

More Information Contact Us

Criminal Justice Overview
Careers in Criminal Justice
Faculty Profiles
Social Sciences Division

Division Chairperson:
Dr. Karen L. Porter
Ph: 607.871.2215
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