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Criminal Justice

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Major in Criminal Justice Studies (BA)

Required core courses: 18 credit hours

SOC 152 Introduction to Sociology (3)
SOC/CJS 231 The Criminal Justice System (3)
SOC 327 Juvenile Delinquency and Justice (3)
SOC/CJS 329 Institutional Corrections (3)
SOC 427 Criminology (3)
SOC 493 Race & Ethnic Relations (3)

Choose one course in cultural theory (3 credit hours):

SOC 300 Sociocultural Theory (3)
SOC 439 Classical Sociological Theories (3)
ANTH 300 Sociocultural Theory (3)

Choose one course in Research Methods 1 (3-4 credit hours):

PSY 301 Psychological Research Methods (4)
SW 330 Research Methods 1 (3)
SOC/ANT 330 Research Methods in Social Relations (4)

Choose one course in Research Methods 2 (3-4 credit hours):

PSY 302 Statistics for the Behavioral Science (4)
SW 430 Research Methods 2 (3)
SOC 430 Applied Social Research and Data Analysis (4)

Elective courses: 18 credit hours

CJS 310 Process & Procedure of Criminal Law (3)
POLS 314 Introduction to the Law (3)
CJS 315 Issues in the Criminal Justice System (3)
CJS 460 Approaches to Dispute Resolution (3)
PSY 408 Drugs & Behavior (3)
PSY/CJS 409 Domestic & Sexual Violence (3)
SOC/CJS 428 Comparative Legal Systems (3)
ANTH 442 Forensic Anthropology (3)
CJS 301 Policing (3)
CJS 382 Terrorism (3)
SW 432  Field Practicum (4)

OR

SOC 498 Field Experience (1-4)

Major Total: 45-47 credit hours
Minor Total: 18 credit hours minimum
Core Total: 35 credit hours
Extended Core: 5 credit hours
Proficiency/Electives to 120: 15-17 credit hours*

Total for degree: 120 credit hours

*A minor is required. The number of electives to reach the degree total of 120 credit hours will vary by the number of credit hours required by the minor. Additional credit hours may be required to meet the 120 credit degree requirement if proficiency or other required courses are waived for content only. The university requires a minimum of 45 upper-division units for the degree.


This program is in the College of Arts and Sciences

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