Criminal Justice (Bachelor of Science)

The Bachelor of Science  in Criminal Justice prepares the student for a job in either a law enforcement or correctional field.  It provides insights into the study of the role and functions of police and correctional organizations as agents of social control in a democratic society.  This includes an understanding of the history, organizational structure, policies, planning, and coordination among various criminal justice organizations. The importance of establishing and maintaining positive, supportive relations with the public is an area of special interest.

Criminal Justice Core Curriculum

 27 hours required courses plus 18 hours CJ advanced electives needed for the Criminal Justice major.  

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
CJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 200Introduction to Corrections3
CJ 201Criminal Law3
CJ 202Introduction to Law Enforcement3
CJ 225Criminal Courts3
CJ 302Research Methods (WI)3
CJ 305Professional Writing in Criminal Justice (WI)3
CJ 320Criminal Investigations3
Select one course from the following:3
Senior Internship in Criminal Justice
Senior Seminar I
Senior Seminar II
Senior Seminar III
CJ Advanced Electives (300+)18
Total Hours45

Courses credited within the core will not be credited within the advanced electives or the minor.

In addition to courses noted below, candidates for graduation must successfully complete all JSU Academic Regulations. More information about general education requirements can be found in the Summary of Degrees/Requirements section of the catalog.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallHours
EH Composition sequence 3
Fine Arts 3
Natural Science 4
History sequence 3
CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
SSC 101 First Year Experience 0
 Hours16
Spring
EH Composition sequence 3
Natural Science 4
MS 110
Finite Mathematics
or Precalculus Algebra
3
History sequence 3
CJ 200 Introduction to Corrections 3
 Hours16
Sophomore
Fall
EH 141 Speech 3
CS 201 Introduction to Information Technology 3
MS 204 Basic Statistics 3
CJ 201 Criminal Law 3
CJ 202 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
 Hours15
Spring
Literature 3
PSY 201 Principles of Psychology 3
PSC 100 Introduction to American Government 3
CJ 225 Criminal Courts 3
CJ 305 Professional Writing in Criminal Justice (WI) 3
 Hours15
Junior
Fall
Literature 3
SY 221 Introduction to Sociology 3
CJ 302 Research Methods (WI) 3
CJ 320 Criminal Investigations 3
Adv. CJ 300+ Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Adv. CJ 300+ Electives 6
Minor/General Electives 9
 Hours15
Senior
Fall
Adv. CJ 300+ Electives 6
Minor/General Electives 9
 Hours15
Spring
Senior Capstone Course 1 3
Criminal Justice Major Field Test  
Adv. CJ 300+ Electives 3
Minor/General Electives 7
 Hours13
 Total Hours120