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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration

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

A. 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
B. Foreign Language Requirement 6 sem. hrs
C. Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs
(Courses from this list are noted in the major requirements below with an asterisk.)
D. Core Requirements 42 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 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 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
HUMS 300View Syllabus Exploring Research or 3 hrs
PADM 395View Syllabus (POSC 395) Political Science & Public Administration Research Methods OR
CJAD 425View Syllabus Legal Research and Writing OR
ANTH 327View Syllabus (PSYC/SOCI 327) Qualitative Research Methods 3 hrs
PSYC 325View Syllabus (SOCI 325) Quantitative Research Methods
POSC 340View Syllabus Judicial Process 3 hrs
SOCI 321View Syllabus Criminology or 3 hrs
SOCI 331View Syllabus Juvenile Delinquency
Syllabus Not Available
E. Behavioral and Social Sciences Electives 6 sem. hrs
Three semester hours must be Criminal Justice electives. The remaining 3 hours must be from one of the following: Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Human Services, FRSC 305 Forensic Anthropology, FRSC 327 Fingerprint Evidence, or FRSC 445 Forensic Pathology.
F. Electives 22-25 sem. hrs
G. Electives 22-25 sem. hrs
120 sem. hrs


The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration degree is available at the following locations:

Main Campus, Day Program
Main Campus, Evening Program
Online Campus
Guantanamo Bay, AE
Redstone Arsenal, AL
San Luis Obispo, CA
Coast Guard Island, CA
Los Alamitos, CA
Denver, CO
Orlando, FL
NAS Jacksonville, FL
Patrick Air Force Base, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Fort Stewart, GA
Hunter Army Airfield, GA
Lake County/Great Lakes, IL
Crystal Lake, IL
Elgin, IL
Jefferson City, MO
Springfield, MO
Fort Leonard Wood, MO
St. Louis, MO
Kansas City, MO
Lake of the Ozarks, MO
Rolla, MO
Fort Drum, NY
Hancock Field, NY
NWS Charleston, SC
Mesquite, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Salt Lake, UT
NS Everett - Marysville, WA


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