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Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice (B.A.)

Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary major which does not require the completion of an additional minor. The requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree with a criminal justice major are a minimum of 52 credit hours in criminal justice and related courses and completion of the following components:

Before any decisions are made for your selection of courses, you will need to meet with the Program Coordinator to discuss your academic plan.

A. General Education Requirements
See GENERAL EDUCATION section of this catalog.

B. Required Courses
CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 200 Sociological Perspectives of Crime (Preq. CJ110)
CJ 240 Corrections (Preq. CJ110)
CJ 330 Criminal Behavior (Preq. CJ 110)
CJ 351 Restorative Justice  (Preq. CJ 110 and 200)
CJ 356 Police and Society (Preq. CJ110)
CJ/SW 355 Social Research Methods: (MTH 100, Psy 205; SOC 201, permission of instructor)
CJ 380 Criminal Law (Preq. CJ 110)
CJ 495 Restorative Justice Practices (Preq. CJ 351)
CJ 496 Senior Seminar (Preq. Eng. 312, Senior standing, permission of instructor)

C.  Electives
Students must choose 3 courses from the list below:

CJ 306 Race and Ethnic Diversity (Preq. Soc. 201)
CJ 311 Deviant Behavior (Preq. Soc. 201)
CJ 320 Juvenile Delinquency (Preq. Soc. 201)
CJ 352 Women in the American Justice System
CJ 400 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (Preq. CJ 110, junior or senior standing, permission of instructor)
CJ 493 Readings in Criminal Justice (Preq. CJ 110, junior or senior standing, permission of instructor)
CJ 498 Internship (Preq. Senior, CJ 355, permission of the Program Coordinator)

D. Related Discipline Requirement
Students must choose 4 courses (12 semester hours) from the following: (Students should consult their advisor and choose their allied courses based on their individual academic and career interests. Students are responsible for checking the prerequisites for each of these courses.)

CIS 210 Microcomputer Applications (3)
CHM 140 General Chemistry (4)
CJ 491 Independent Study in Criminal Justice (3)
ENG 209 Fundamentals of Speech (3)
FSC 140 Introduction to Forensic Science (4)
FSC 220 Crime Scene Investigation and Evidence Collection (4)
HUM 330 Asian and Arab Culture (3)
PHL 225 Ethics (3)
POL 201 Public Administration (3)
POL 203 Political Reality and Public Policy
POL/SOC 358 Law and Society (3)
PSY 240 Developmental Psychology (3)
PSY 305 Introduction to Statistics (3)
PSY/SOC 360 Social Psychology (3)
PSY 340 Abnormal Psychology (3)
SW 200A Working with Substance Abuse (2)
SW 200C Working with Mental Illness
SW 268 Child Welfare Policies and Services (2)
SW 314 Social Welfare Policy (3)
SOC 345 Sociology of the Family (3)
SOC 348 Death and Dying (3)
SOC 365 Group Dynamics (3)