Criminal Justice Requirements

To complete the Bachelor of science in criminal justice, you must complete 42 semester hours of course work, divided into 30 semester hours  in required courses (including an Internship/Capstone experience) and 12 hours of elective courses. Students may select a concentration in one of seven areas by completing a minimum of 9 hours from a designated set of courses in that area.

Requirements for the Major

Students must complete the following 9 courses (27 hours) and earn a grade of "C" or better:

JS 100 – Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
JS 101 - Crime and Criminality
JS 220 - Police in America: An Overview
JS 230 - Judicial Process in America
JS 240 - Corrections America: Overview
JS 300 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice
JS 360 - Criminology
JS 410 - Criminal Justice Ethics
JS 497 or JS498 or JS499 - Internship and Capstone in Criminal Justice

Students must also complete one of the following statistics courses (3-4 hours) and earn a grade of "C" or better:

JS120 - Introduction to Statistics

MA180 - Introduction to Statistics

SOC410 - Social Statistics (requires lab)

To complete the major requirement, students must also complete 12 semester hours of elective courses, of which a minimum of 9 hours must be at the 300+ level.  Students may select one of seven areas of concentration by completing a minimum of 9 hours in the designated area, or select any four criminal justice general electives .

Areas of specialization include:

Forensic Science 
Juvenile Justice 
Computer Forensics (new)

Students are also required to select a minor area of study, the requirements for which range from 18-21 semester hours.  Commonly chosen minors include Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, a natural science (e.g., Chemistry or Biology), Accounting, or Computer Science.