Criminology & Criminal Justice

You will develop the knowledge, skills, and ethical training that are essential for pursuing a career in law enforcement, corrections, the courts, probation and parole, or a variety of social service agencies. You will also be well prepared for graduate studies in law, criminology, or public policy and administration.

By studying human behavior and social institutions, you’ll get a complete picture of the causes of criminal behavior and crime's impact on society. You will learn how the criminal justice system is made up of several agencies, each with its own important function. You’ll examine these different fields and the ways they work together, including:

  • Policing
  • Corrections
  • Judicial processes
  • Forensics
  • Law
  • Victimology
  • Crime research and statistics
  • Public policy
  • Theories of crime and criminality

With greater attention being focused on law enforcement and national security, criminal justice students with bachelor's and graduate degrees are in demand.

Graduates might explore careers in a criminal justice agency, such as law enforcement or probation, or find employment in government agencies, nonprofits, and in private sector organizations such as insurance carriers and victim services.

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Program Requirements

42 credits minimum; 24 upper division. 2.0 minimum GPA. Criminology & Criminal Justice majors are required to complete field interviews for course assignments or earn credits through an internship in a criminal justice agency or related area.

Required Courses

CRIM 101 (4) Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIM 276 (4) Criminal and Procedural Law
CRIM 335 (4) Criminology
CRIM 412 (4) Methods of Research and Statistics
CRIM 460 (4) Senior Seminar: Criminal Justice Philosophy and Practice
CRIM 492 (2-4) Internship or CRIM 482 (2) Selected Topic

Five Courses Required

CRIM 320 (4) Critical Issues in Policing
CRIM 330 (4) Contemporary Corrections
CRIM 340 (4) Violence & Victimization
CRIM 341 (4) Criminal Psychology
CRIM 410 (4) Substance Abuse
CRIM 430 (4) Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Crime
CRIM 440 (4) Terrorism

 

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