Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology

The Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science with a major in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science with a major in Sociology, and an Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice. Our academic programs empower students to explore their interests, express their ideas, and experience the pride of uncovering new knowledge.


 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE
MAJOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (580)

The study of criminal justice encompasses the policies of the criminal justice system, behavioral characteristics of victims, offenders, and practitioners, and the legal framework within which each operates. The department, through the criminal justice curriculum, provides instruction to students interested in careers in law enforcement, corrections, and associated fields as well as to students interested in graduate school or law school.

REQUIREMENTSHOURS
I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS 44

II. UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

UNIV 1001 or 1113

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III. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

A. Required Core Courses (24 hours)

CJ 1013, CJ 2013, CJ 2073, CJ 2113, CJ 2233, CJ 3003, CJ 3103, CJ 4033, and CJ 4133

B. Support Courses (15 hours)

At least 9 of these hours must be upper division CJ courses. The remaining 6 hours may be upper division CJ courses, or any other upper division hours. Departmental approval is required for use of lower division hours.

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IV. MINOR REQUIREMENTS

(An Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice or an equivalent Associate degree may be used to satisfy the requirements for a minor. Otherwise, courses used to satisfy major requirements may not be used to satisfy minor requirements.)

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V. ELECTIVES TO COMPLETE 124 HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE
MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY (180)

Sociology is the study of social institutions, social change, and the causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists study a broad range of topics, in addition to the dimensions of race, class, and gender and their impact upon the lives of people. Students who major in sociology learn to apply research skills and theoretical knowledge to understanding the challenging issues of our times. Sociology graduates may find employment in the fields of social services, business, criminal justice, health services, government services, and teaching.

REQUIREMENTSHOURS
I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS 44

II. UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

UNIV 1001 or 1113

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III. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

(Sociology majors are required to earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses with a SOCI prefix.)

A. Required Courses (18 hours)

SOCI 1113, SOCI 2013, SOCI 2223, SOCI 3123, SOCI 4213, and SOCI 4903*

*A grade of "C" or higher is required for SOCI 4903.

B. Electives (21 hours)

All courses selected must have SOCI prefix. A minimum of 15 hours must be 3000-4000 (upper division) level with no more than 6 hours at the 1000-2000 (lower division) level.

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IV. MINOR REQUIREMENTS 18
V. ELECTIVES TO COMPLETE 124 HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION


 

ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE
IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (550)

The study of criminal justice encompasses the policies and processes of the criminal justice system, behavioral characteristics of victims, offenders and practitioners, and the legal framework within which each operates. The curriculum for this AAS degree focuses particularly upon the operations and impact of law enforcement and corrections within the criminal justice system. Successful completion of this program of study prepares graduates for entry level careers in law enforcement or corrections and/or for more advanced education.

REQUIREMENTSHOURS

I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

A. Required Courses (18 hours)

ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213, COMM 1113, PS 1113, HIST 1483 or HIST 1493, SOCI 1113 or PSY 1113 or FAMS 1123

B. Approved General Education Electives (6 hours)

MATH 1413 or above or Biological or Physical science course (3 hours) and Humanities (3 hours)

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II. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

A. Required Courses (15 hours)

CJ 1013, CJ 2013, CJ 2076, CJ 2113, CJ 2233

B. Specialization (18 hours)

Select either Law Enforcement or Corrections with Support Courses.

Law Enforcement Specialization

Law Enforcement courses (12 hours)

CJ 2001-3, CJ 2023, LE 2003, LE 2013, LE 2043, LE 2053, LE 2063, LE 2073

Support courses (6 hours)

CORR 2003, CORR 2023, CORR 2043, CORR 2053, CORR 2103

Corrections Specialization

Corrections courses (12 hours)

CJ 2001-3, CJ 2023, CORR 2003, CORR 2023, CORR 2043, CORR 2053, CORR 2103

Support courses (6 hours)

LE 2003, LE 2043, LE 2053, LE 2063, LE 2073

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III. ELECTIVES TO COMPLETE 64 HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION