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Criminal Justice Concentration

(Concentration no longer available as of Fall 2017, see Criminal Justice Major)

The concentration in Criminal Justice offers an interdisciplinary foundation within the liberal arts and sciences. 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.

Concentration Requirements

CRJ 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice*3 cr

One of the following:

  • CRJ 215: Criminology
  • Sociology of Crime
  • Nature of Crime *
  • Theories of Crime *
3 cr
CRJ 325: Ethics in Criminal Justice


CRJ 315: Race, Class & Gender in Criminal Justice System3 cr
MAT 105: Statistics *3 cr
PSY 410: Research Methods for Behavioral Sciences3 cr

One of the following:

  • Computer Programming
  • ITE 101: Management Information Systems *
  • ITE 102: Introduction to Computer Science *

Note: Computer Science credits must have been earned within the past 10 years

3 cr

One of the following

  • Civil Liberties
  • POL 321: Constitutional Law
  • Civil Rights
3 cr

Criminal Justice Electives such as:

  • CRJ 210: Forensic Science
  • SOC 449: Social Problems: Impact on the Workplace
  • PSY 333: Social Psychology & Deviance
9 cr
CRJ 499: Capstone3 cr

* Will not satisfy part of the upper level requirement in the concentration


  • Public Speaking or Oral Communication

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Criminal Justice will be able to:

  1. explain the scope and nature of the three major components of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections;
  2. apply the theoretical models that attempt to explain the causes of crime;
  3. 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;
  4. apply research and statistics to the analysis of data; and
  5. communicate effectively.

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