Criminal Justice B.S.


The major objectives of the criminal justice program are to prepare students for a wide variety of professional careers involving social needs such as the criminal justice system and human services. The program provides an opportunity for persons currently serving in the criminal justice system to continue their education. This discipline also complements the education received by students in related disciplines and fosters an understanding of the role and function of the criminal justice system.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours=120

University Core Curriculum (42 hrs.)

No grade below a "C" in criminal justice courses will be accepted toward the degree.

Prerequisite for select upper division course work:


CRIJ 1301Introduction to Criminal Justice [TCCN: CRIJ 1301]

Minimum 18 semester hours of lower-division criminal justice

CRIJ 1301Introduction to Criminal Justice [TCCN: CRIJ 1301]

CRIJ 1306Court Systems & Practices [TCCN: CRIJ 1306]

CRIJ 1310Fundamentals of Criminal Law [TCCN: 1310]

CRIJ 2313Correctional Systems & Practices [TCCN: 2313]

CRIJ 2328Police Systems & Practice [TCCN: CRIJ 2328]

MATH 1342Statistics [TCCN: MATH 1342]

Minimum 42 semester hours of upper-division criminal justice.

Required core courses:

Ethical Issues--three semester hours

CRIJ 3310Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice

Administration of Justice--three semester hours

CRIJ 3311Administration of Criminal Justice Agencies

Criminology Theory--three semester hours

CRIJ 3320Criminology

Research and Methods--three semester hours:

CRIJ 4322Criminal Justice Research Methods

Capstone Experience--three semester hours:

CRIJ 4355Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

Electives (12 hours)

Students must complete 12 hours of approved electives in Criminal Justice or complete a second concentration within the major.

Concentration (15 hours)

Students must complete all course requirements in the specialized track of their choosing. Students may choose to complete more than one concentration, but must complete all course work for each concentration.

Forensic Science

CHEM 1320Forensic Chemistry I

CRIJ 3301Survey of Forensic Science

CRIJ 4344Crime Scene Processing

CRIJ 4345Courtroom Testimony

and one of the following

CRIJ 3344Drugs, Behavior and Criminal Justice


GEOG 4330Geographic Information Systems


ANTH 3380Physical Anthropology

Juvenile Justice

CRIJ 3340Victimology

CRIJ 4307The Juvenile Justice System

CRIJ 4309Family Violence

CRIJ 4311Race, Class, Gender, & Delinquency

CRIJ 4312Legal Issues in Juvenile Justice

Homeland Security

CRIJ 4333Contemporary Policing

CRIJ 4334Homeland Security

CRIJ 4335Emergency Planning and Risk Management

GEOG 4330Geographic Information Systems

and one of the following

POLS 3395Middle Eastern Politics


POLS 4305International Terrorism


POLS 4310International Conflict

Criminal Justice Generalist

Pick 5 upper-division courses from the Forensic Science, Juvenile Justice, or Homeland Security concentrations.

Notes: (1) No more than 21 lower-division hours in criminal justice may be applied toward baccalaureate degree requirements. (2) All courses cross-listed between criminal justice and any other discipline must be taken as criminal justice courses.