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Criminal Justifce

The objective of the Department is to provide the student with an understanding of the problem of crime in America, the impact of crime on victims, and the systems which identify, process, and treat the offender. Criminal Justice encompasses the areas of law enforcement, prosecution, the courts, and corrections, including probation and parole. The major in Criminal Justice consists of ten courses.

Required Courses include: Criminal Justice 101, 105, 200, 202, 430. The selection of two from the following Criminal Justice Systems Courses: CJ205, 221, 224 231 and the selection of one from the following: Criminal Justice Law Courses: CJ209 or 212 and two additional courses in Criminal Justice. The two elective criminal justice courses can be fulfilled by an internship (CJ450, CJ451, CJ453).

Course Sequence - Classes of 2015 - 2017


Please refer to the College Catalogue and consult with your academic advisor for recommended course sequencing. Revised graduation requirements for each graduating class can be found in the Guide to the Core Curriculum.

Course Sequence - Class of 2018 and Beyond


Freshman Year
Conversatio I Conversatio II
Language Language
Freshman English Science
Criminal Justice 101 Criminal Justice 105

In the sophomore year: Criminal Justice Majors generally take their statistics requirement in the Fall and their Research Methods requirement in the spring. Depending on the initial placement, they may also be completing their modern or classical language requirement. The remainder of their schedules can be filled by a criminal justice systems elective, other core requirements, general electives, or courses for a minor or double major.

In the junior year: Criminal Justice Majors generally take either   Criminal Law in the Fall and or Criminal Procedure in the Spring and one or two criminal justice systems electives over the course of the year.  The rest of their schedules can be occupied with core requirements, general electives or courses for a minor or double major.

In the senior year: Criminal Justice majors take their Senior Seminar requirement in either the Fall or Spring semester and two or more criminal justice electives - including either internships - over the course of the year.  The rest of their schedules can be occupied with core requirements, general electives or courses for a minor or double major.