Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration Degree
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.
General Education Requirements
38-41 sem. hrs
|Ethics Course Requirement:|
|CJAD 345||Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice or||3 hrs|
3 sem. hrs
|(Courses from this list are noted in the major requirements below with an asterisk.)|
51 sem. hrs
|(All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)|
|CJAD 101||Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration||3 hrs|
|CJAD 301||Criminal Law||3 hrs|
|CJAD 311||Police in a Democratic Society||3 hrs|
|CJAD 320||Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice*||3 hrs|
|CJAD 325||Juvenile Justice System and Procedures||3 hrs|
|CJAD 345||Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice||3 hrs|
|CJAD 350||Corrections and Penology||3 hrs|
|CJAD 390||Criminal Justice Practicum||3 hrs|
|CJAD 405||Laws of Criminal Evidence||3 hrs|
|CJAD 415||Criminal Procedures||3 hrs|
|CJAD 451||Management of Criminal Justice Agencies||3 hrs|
|CJAD 495||Integrative Seminar||3 hrs|
|CJAD 499||Internship||3 hrs|
|POSC 340||Judicial Process||3 hrs|
|PSYC 324||(BIOL 324) (SOCI 324) Statistics for the Behavioral and Natural Sciences||3 hrs|
|PSYC 325||(SOCI 325) Quantitative Research Design||3 hrs|
|SOCI 321||Criminology or||3 hrs|
|SOCI 331||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.