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Criminal Justice (BS)


Major Credits Required: 63 Credits

This major is designed to prepare students for jobs and careers in law and other-related fields at the federal, state, and local levels. The program covers theoretically-based criminology and practice-based criminal justice programs. Areas of study cover the theoretical aspect of criminal behavior, as well as practical application of skills to the criminal justice field. The faculty members teaching criminal justice courses represent a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, including law, law enforcement, psychology, sociology, and administration of criminal justice. The curriculum is designed to expose the students to all areas of the criminal justice field and develop skills applicable to future employment.

To complete the bachelor's degree, students must complete a minimum total of 120 credits with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.


Students who major in Criminal Justice will:

  1. Critically analyze the criminal justice system and its aims and objectives.

  2. Apply their knowledge to evaluate and analyze the causes, consequences and responses to crime and its interrelatedness to a broad range of criminal justice applications.

  3. Define the operation and purposes of the major components of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections.

  4. Demonstrate effective problem-solving skills through creating practical solutions to contemporary issues identified through the study of the processes of national and global criminal justice systems.

  5. Develop oral and written skills that effectively articulate analysis of criminal justice research and apply solutions to a wide range of contemporary criminal justice issues.