Through the Criminal Justice program, students will have an opportunity to prepare for work in careers of service to the public, state, and even national constituencies upon graduation. Graduates are qualified to serve in law enforcement at city, county, state, and federal law enforcement levels. If a student is interested in becoming a correctional officer, a lawyer, or a rehabilitation specialist, a criminal justice major will lay a solid foundation for such careers.

Criminal Justice is both an idea and a process which seeks to define and apply one’s belief of what is morally and socially acceptable. In this program, students will gain knowledge in numerous areas that make up the American Criminal Justice System, such as deviant behavior, forensics, the legal process, and the dynamics of law enforcement. Whether students want to advance knowledge or begin a new career, Criminal Justice majors will be able to accomplish their goals through a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. And for someone already involved in a career in law enforcement, academy training can meet a number of program requirements.

Major Mission and Outcomes

Criminal justice careers involve upholding the law in cases that require enforcement of strict justice systems. The Criminal Justice system includes three main agencies; law enforcement, adjudication and corrections. These agencies function to enforce strict justice systems on a fair and just society. Careers range greatly and include professions in law enforcement and corrections, probation and parole, crime scene technicians, crime pattern analyst, and evidence technicians. Despite the different work environments, the demand for criminal justice professionals is expected to rise throughout the next decade.

The required Criminal Justice courses (39 credit hours) are:

CRJ 2000Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJ 3000Corrections and Penology3
CRJ 3010Criminal and Delinquent Behavior3
CRJ 3020Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice3
CRJ 3030Introduction to Forensics3
CRJ 3040Law Enforcement and Juvenile Crime3
CRJ 4000Criminal Investigations3
CRJ 4010Ethical Dilemmas in Criminal Justice3
CRJ 4045Special Topics in Criminal Justice3
CRJ 4085Experiential Semester12

Recommended courses:

COM 3063Communication Elements and Theories3
COM 3110Nonverbal Communication3
COM 3034Public Relations3


Select twelve from upper division credit hours12