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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

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The Criminal Justice Administration Program is designed to permit the pursuit of different professional career goals while integrating the general study of criminal justice and law with other relevant disciplines. A degree in criminal justice administration prepares students for entry-level employment in the field, for promotion and leadership roles and for graduate study.

The program provides career enhancing opportunities through practicum and internship opportunities. It provides an excellent academic foundation for students planning to go on to graduate studies or law school.

Two baccalaureate degrees are offered in Criminal Justice Administration: the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science.

Students considering either a BS or BA degree should consider their own experience in the criminal justice area. For students currently working in the criminal justice field the BA is recommended. For those desiring to enter the field, the BS degree is recommended; the BS degree offers practicum and internship experiences that add to the student's understanding of the criminal justice career area.

Degree Requirements


General Education Requirements

38-41 sem. hrs

  Ethics Course Requirement:

3 hrs

  CJAD 345View Syllabus Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice or 3 hrs
  PHIL 330View Syllabus Ethics


Multicultural Requirement

3 sem. hrs

  (Courses from this list are noted in the major requirements below with an asterisk.)


Core Requirements

51 sem. hrs

  Syllabus Not Available (All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)
  CJAD 101View Syllabus Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration 3 hrs
  CJAD 301View Syllabus Criminal Law 3 hrs
  CJAD 311View Syllabus Police in a Democratic Society 3 hrs
  CJAD 320View Syllabus Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice* 3 hrs
  CJAD 325View Syllabus Juvenile Justice System and Procedures 3 hrs
  CJAD 345View Syllabus Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice 3 hrs
  CJAD 350View Syllabus Corrections and Penology 3 hrs
  CJAD 390View Syllabus Criminal Justice Practicum 3 hrs
  CJAD 405View Syllabus Laws of Criminal Evidence 3 hrs
  CJAD 415View Syllabus Criminal Procedures 3 hrs
  CJAD 451View Syllabus Management of Criminal Justice Agencies 3 hrs
  CJAD 495View Syllabus Integrative Seminar 3 hrs
  CJAD 499View Syllabus Internship 3 hrs
  POSC 340View Syllabus Judicial Process 3 hrs
  PSYC 324View Syllabus (BIOL 324) (SOCI 324) Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences 3 hrs
  PSYC 325View Syllabus (SOCI 325) Quantitative Research Design 3 hrs
  SOCI 321View Syllabus Criminology or 3 hrs
  SOCI 331View Syllabus Juvenile Delinquency


Behavioral and Social Sciences electives

9 sem. hrs

  Nine semester hours of electives chosen from the following areas of study: Human Services, Criminal Justice Administration, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, FRSC 305 Forensic Anthropology, FRSC 327 Fingerprint Evidence, or FRSC 445 Forensic Pathology.


Electives (without CSI Certificate hours)

16-19 sem. hrs


Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation (Optional)

15 sem. hrs


120 sem. hrs


Candidates for the baccalaureate degree with a major in Criminal Justice must pass, with a grade of C or higher, CJAD 495 Integrative Seminar, as a culminating evaluative experience.

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