Explore the causes and impact of criminal behavior and prepare to play a key role
in administering criminal justice.
The B.S. in Criminal Justice Studies prepares you to serve as an agent of change in
our justice system. From law enforcement to community safety to juvenile justice issues,
you’ll be ready to tackle some of our nation’s most pressing challenges.
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Why earn a criminal justice degree?
The criminal justice major puts you on the front lines of public safety and justice.
You'll learn to enforce the law, protect your community and advocate on behalf of
Our interdisciplinary program incorporates resources from forensic science and sociology.
The criminal justice degree integrates a variety of different approaches. You will
Expertise in many different aspects of law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice,
and legal reasoning
A deep understanding of the law, victims, criminal behavior, crime prevention, and
A broad view of the criminal justice system
You'll also learn the strategic skills you need, including:
Accelerated Law Degree
Shave off a year of law school while earning your Criminal Justice major. With the
Law (Accelerated Bachelor's/J.D.) program you can double count credits from your first year in law school to complete
your undergraduate degree. Learn more by contacting Roni Mayzer, Criminal Justice Pre-Law Coordinator.
Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice
Study with faculty who have doctoral degrees from some of the top criminal justice
programs in the world.
Gain real-world experience through internships and other experiential learning.
Average national salary for those with criminal justice skills, 2018
Projected job growth among law enforcement, legal investigation and legal support
professions to 2028
A Criminal Justice degree prepares you to work in any aspect of the criminal justice
system. Our students have gone on to a variety of dynamic careers, including:
U.S. Border Patrol
U.S. Immigration Service
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Our students have also gone on to graduate studies or law schools at institutions
Florida State University
Michigan State University
University of Utah
University of Minnesota
Criminal Justice Degree Classes
CJ 201. Introduction to Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.
An undergraduate study and overview of the criminal justice system emphasizing the "system," its legal actors and its political constraints. Designed for the beginning student in law enforcement, criminology, corrections, sociology, social welfare, government and pre-law. F,S.
CJ 270. Introduction to Corrections. 3 Credits.
This course describes the corrections system as part of a larger criminal justice system. Students will be introduced to the history and practice of corrections from earlier forms of physical punishment to jail, probation, intermediate sanctions, prisons, parole, and the death penalty. Special topics in the field will also be addressed as appropriate. Prerequisite: CJ 201. F,S.
CJ 352. Criminal Investigation. 3 Credits.
An overview and examination of basic principles and techniques in the criminal investigations procedures and the rules of the law of evidence in criminal court proceedings. Prerequisites: CJ 201, CJ 210, CJ 220, and CJ 270; or Forensic Science major with junior/senior standing. F.
CJ 341. Criminal Law. 3 Credits.
This course covers the fundamentals and foundations of American criminal jurisprudence with an emphasis on common law definitions of crimes and modern requirements for the criminalization of behavior, statutory laws. Prerequisite: CJ 201, CJ 210, CJ 220, and CJ 270; or Forensic Science major; or Legal Studies minor. F.
CJ 350. Correctional Alternatives. 3 Credits.
This course is designed to explore and evaluate intervention strategies developed in the criminal justice system as alternatives to institutional corrections in the sentencing of adjudicated persons. Among these options this course looks for community corrections, parole, house arrest, restitution, community service, and the development of intervention strategies in support of the dispositions. Prerequisites: CJ 201, CJ 210, CJ 220, and CJ 270. S.
CJ 330. Criminological Theory. 3 Credits.
This class will provide an overview of a variety of criminological theories. Attention will be directed toward the study of the major theoretical schools of thought which have influenced the discipline of criminology. The basic goal of this course is to help the student develop an understanding of and appreciation for the insights gained by examining crime and criminals through different theoretical frameworks. Prerequisites: CJ 201, CJ 210, CJ 220, and CJ 270. F,S.
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