Beyond the core of criminal justice academic work, students choose a focus to prepare for a variety of professional roles, including corrections, offender rehabilitation, substance abuse counseling, conflict resolution, policy development, law enforcement and law.
Our bachelor's degree in General Studies with a concentration in Criminal Justice offers an interdisciplinary foundation within the liberal arts and sciences.
This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.
|Introduction to Criminal Justice||3|
|One of the following: Criminology, Sociology of Crime, Nature of Crime, Theories of Crime||3|
|Ethics in Criminal Justice||3|
|Diversity in Criminal Justice (examples: ethnicity, gender or race)||3|
|Evaluation Research or Research Methods||3|
|One of the following: Computer Programming, Introduction to Computer Science*, Introduction to MIS*||3|
|One of the following: Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights||3|
|Criminal Justice Electives: Additional credits in Criminal Justice subjects or related subject area||9|
|Capstone - CRJ 499 (Culminating course in concentration)||3|
*Will not satisfy part of the upper level requirements in the concentration.
Only grades of C of higher may be included in the concentration.
Computer Science credits must have been earned no longer than 5 years prior to submitting the concentration proposal.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate with a concentration in Criminal Justice will be able to:
- explain the scope and nature of the three major components of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections;
- apply the theoretical models that attempt to explain the causes of crime;
- explain how the fair and just operation of the criminal justice system is dependent upon the ethical and professional behavior of those working in the criminal justice system;
- apply research and statistics to the analysis of data; and
- communicate effectively.