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Criminal Justice

Policeman and policewoman in office

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.

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Concentration Requirements
Introduction to Criminal Justice3
One of the following: Criminology, Sociology of Crime, Nature of Crime, Theories of Crime3
Ethics in Criminal Justice3
Diversity in Criminal Justice (examples: ethnicity, gender or race)3
Evaluation Research or Research Methods3
One of the following: Computer Programming, Introduction to Computer Science*, Introduction to MIS*3
One of the following: Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights3
Criminal Justice Electives: Additional credits in Criminal Justice subjects or related subject area9
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.