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Requirements to Graduate with a Criminal Justice Major


To graduate, criminal justice majors must maintain an overall GPA of 2.50, a GPA of 2.75 in the major, earn a grade of “C” or better in all criminal justice courses, and meet all other university, college, and major requirements. 

The courses required for the online major are taught in a two-year rotation as follows:

 

Fall (2022, 24, 26, 28, 30) Spring (2023, 25, 27, 29, 31)

First 7 Weeks

110 Intro to CJ Process XS (R)* 318 Adjudication Process in CJ (R)
270 Intro to Criminal Law (R) 312 Management of Criminal Justice Organizations** (R)

Second 7 Weeks

244 Correctional Process (R) 304 Criminal Investigation (E)
288 Police in Modern Society (R) 351 Theoretical Criminology (R)

 

Fall (2023, 25, 27 29, 31) Spring (2022, 24 26, 28, 30, 32)
   

14 Weeks

 
281 Elementary Statistics  XM  (R)  
343 Quantitative Research Design (R)  

First 7 Weeks

348 Law of Corrections (E) 319 Criminal Courts: Proof of Guilt (E)
  347 Juvenile Justice System (E)

Second 7 Weeks

340 Police Administration (E) 358 Major CJ Issue (Capstone Course) (R)
  375 Special Topics in CJ (E)

*As of fall semester 2021, CJ110 was dropped as a requirement. Please check with your advisor to determine whether this course is required for you.
**PA 221 Introduction to Public Administration is occasionally offered by the Department of Public Administration may be substituted for CJ312.

The elective courses (E) may change from time to time. A listing of all CJ courses required (R) and elective (E)) are listed below. The two-year course rotation is subject to change at the discretion of the Criminal Justice Department.

As of fall 2021, a total of 42 credits are required to complete the criminal justice major: 27 credits of required courses and 15 credits of required electives. Please check with your advisor to determine whether the number of credit hours you need to graduate.

Introductory Criminal Justice Courses (Required):

CJ 110:  Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process (XS) (3 credits); Prerequisites: None

CJ 244: Correctional Process (3 credits); Prerequisites: None

CJ 270: Introduction to Criminal Law (3 credits); Prerequisites: None

CJ 281: Elementary Statistics in Criminal Justice Research (XM) (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Math 104, 106, or 108 with a C or better; or placement into Math 171 or 201; or a grade of C or better in Math 186, 187, 188, or 189 and a grade of C or better in Math 103 (or placement into Math 104, 106, or 108).

*Note: 1) CJ 281 is designated as a USP Explore Course (Nature; Quantitative Literacy); 2) CJ 281 is designated as a Math Level II course.

CJ 288: Police in Modern Society (3 credits); Prerequisites: None


Foundational CJ Courses (Required):

CJ 312: Managing Criminal Justice Organizations (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed at least two of the following courses: Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110 and at least one of the following: Crim Jus 270, 288, 244, 281; OR consent of instructor

CJ 318: Adjudication Process in Criminal Justice (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed at least two of the following courses: Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110 and at least one of the following: Crim Jus 270, 288, 244, 281; OR consent of instructor.

CJ 343: Quantitative Research Design (3 credits)

Prerequisites: CJ 281 or concurrent enrollment in CJ 281 and at least one of the following courses: CJ 270, CJ 288, or CJ 244; Criminal Justice Major or consent of instructor.

CJ 351: Theoretical Criminology (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed at least two of the following courses: Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110 and at least one of the following: Crim Jus 270, 288, 244, 281; OR consent of instructor.


Elective Criminal Justice Courses: 15 elective credits required

CJ 315:  Police Deviance (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288,

281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor An additional course fee of $40.00 is applied to this course to facilitate the use of a “Use of Force Simulator.”

CJ 319: Criminal Courts: Proof of Guilt (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor.

CJ 328: Criminal Courts Behavior (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor.

CJ 331: Women and Crime (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor.

CJ 332: Institutional Violence (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor.

CJ 333: Illegal Bias in the Criminal Justice System (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor.

CJ 334: Comparative Criminal Justice Policies (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor

CJ 340: Police Administration (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor

CJ 341: Administration of Police Operations (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor

CJ 344: Crime Films, Popular Culture, and Criminology (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor

CJ 346: Community-Based Corrections (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor.

CJ 347: Juvenile Justice System (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor.

CJ 348: Law of Corrections (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor.

CJ 352: Organized Crime (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor.

CJ 353: Convict Criminology (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor.

CJ 354: Homeland Security and Terrorism (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor.

CJ 375: Special Topicsthe topic of this course will vary (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed Crim Jus 270, 288, 281, 244, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 343, 351; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed Crim Jus 110, at least one of the following: Crim Jus 244, 270, 281, 288, and at least two of the following: Crim Jus 312, 318, 351; OR consent of instructor.

CJ 396: Internship in Criminal Justice (1 – 8 credits)

Prerequisites: instructor consent; students MUST meet with a Criminal Justice faculty member before pursuing an internship opportunity. Students intending to take an internship must have completed at least 90 credits and have a 3.0 GPA in the major.

CJ 446: Independent Study (1 – 3 credits)

Prerequisites: departmental consent, and general prerequisites as described by Course and Academic Advisement Policies.

CJ 474: Honors: Thesis (1 – 6 credits)

Prerequisites: departmental consent, university honors status, and junior or senior status.


Senior Capstone Course (Required)

CJ 358:  Major Criminal Justice Issues (3 credits)

Prerequisites: Criminal Justice Major who has completed CJ 270, CJ 288, CJ 281, CJ 244, CJ 312, CJ 318, CJ 343, CJ 351 and, at least, 9 of the 15 required CJ elective credits; OR Criminal Justice Minor who has completed CJ 110, at least one of the following: CJ 244 or CJ 270 or CJ 281 or CJ 288, and all of the following: CJ 312, CJ 318, CJ 351; OR consent of instructor.