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B.A. in Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Program provides students with the scholarship and skills necessary to be proficient and successful in all aspects of the criminal justice system. The program also provides a solid foundation on which to continue your education in graduate school.

Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate a proficiency in critical reading, thinking, and listening skills.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of, and be able to apply, fundamental United States Constitutional principles of law.
  • Students will be able to describe the complex nature of law and the criminal justice system.
  • Students will be able to describe and evaluate the relationship between philosophy, theory, policy, and practice in the criminal justice system.
  • Students will be able to collect and interpret information on relevant topics concerning the justice system, as well as applying recognized techniques of analysis to research questions.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the roles, functions, and limitations of corrections in the criminal justice system.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ethical concerns in the field of Criminal Justice.
  • Students will be able to evaluate the validity of theories of victimization and recognize the impact of crime.
  • Student will demonstrate an understanding of theories of leadership and supervision in the criminal justice profession.

Requirements (34 credits)

Required Courses (22 credits)

JUS101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

JUS211The Corrections System

4

JUS215Judicial Processes

4

JUS251Law Enforcement

4

PS221Law & Contemporary American Society

4

JUS425Senior Seminar

4

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Students must select THREE (3) elective courses TWO (2) of which must be 300-level or above.

JUS201Women & the Criminal Justice System

4

JUS205Criminal Investigation

4

JUS210Legal Research Writing

4

JUS221Criminal Law

4

JUS231Criminal Procedure

4

JUS241Public Policy & Administration

4

JUS301Juvenile Law & Justice

4

JUS305Public Safety Leadership and Supervision

4

JUS311Intimate Violence

4

JUS325Victimology

4

JUS327Victim Law & Services

4

JUS341Women & the Law

4

JUS405Research Methods for Justice Studies Professionals

4

JUS490Special Topics in Justice Studies

4

JUS491Independent Study

4

It is highly recommended that students take JUS405 if they intend to apply to graduate school. JUS495 Internship may not fulfill an elective slot.

Prerequisites for Combined B.A./M.A.

Students who wish to apply to the BA/MA combined program will need to complete the following prerequisite undergraduate courses:

JUS305Public Safety Leadership and Supervision

4

JUS325Victimology

4

JUS405Research Methods for Justice Studies Professionals

4

Preset Freshmen and Sophomore Pathways

To ensure that students begin and remain on track in terms of graduation and degree requirements, and to maximize student opportunities to add minors or second majors, and therefore increase their options after graduation, the College has designed the Preset Freshmen and Sophomore Pathways.

This curricular sequencing model, which outlines all the courses taken in the first two years, will allow students to complete 75% to 90% of their General Education requirements during just their freshman and sophomore years, as well as all foundational gateway and milestone courses, both in their intended major, and in other complementary majors and minors that they may want to consider.

Students will then be able to focus their junior and senior years almost entirely on their major, as well as on potential minors or second majors.

Simply put, this curricular sequencing model allows students to get the most out of their undergraduate education at CSE.

First Year

Fall Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element I Core Classes

6

Pre-Major Gateway Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

EOF or CAPs (if needed)

P/F

Spring Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element I Core Classes

6

Pre-Major Gateway Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

Second Year

Fall Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element I or II Core Classes

4-8

Pre-Major Milestone Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

EOF or CAPs (if needed)

P/F

Spring Semester (14-18 Credits)

Element II or III Core Classes

4-8

Pre-Major Milestone Class

1-4

Preset General Education Elective

1-4

Outside General Education Elective

1-4

Developmental Math (if needed)

0-1.5

EOF or CAPs (if needed)

P/F

Course Sequence for B.A. in Criminal Justice

First Year

Fall Semester (16 Credits)

JUS101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

PS221Law & Contemporary American Society

4

Elective and Gen Ed

10

Spring Semester (14 Credits)

JUS215Judicial Processes

4

Elective and Gen Ed

10

Second Year

Fall Semester (16 Credits)

JUS211The Corrections System

4

JUSElective

4

Elective and Gen Ed

8

Spring Semester (16 Credits)

JUS251Law Enforcement

4

Elective and Gen Ed

12

Third Year

Fall Semester (16 Credits)

JUSElective

4

Elective and Gen Ed

12

Spring Semester (16 Credits)

JUSElective

4

Elective and Gen Ed

12

Fourth Year

Fall Semester (12 Credits)

JUS490Special Topics in Justice Studies

4

Elective and Gen Ed

10

Spring Semester (14 Credits)

JUS495Internship

4

Elective and Gen Ed

12

JUS495: Recommended.