Begin Date: Summer Session 1999
End Date: Spring Semester 1999
PROFESSOR LORI J. BECHTEL, in charge
Students receiving a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice should understand each of the three main components of the criminal justice system and their interrelationships, be able to evaluate critically both current and future crime control policy proposals and criminal justice research, and understand the complexity of the crime phenomenon and its relationship to individual, social, and cultural factors. This major includes study in law enforcement, courts and corrections individually and as components of a system, plus work in theories of crime causation, and crime control policy. Students should expect reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to be rigorously applied and developed throughout the degree program. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice provides a broadly based liberal arts background for the study of crime, justice and the criminal justice system. The Bachelor of Science offers an opportunity for educational enrichment in fields not traditionally considered part of the liberal arts. Either degree is excellent preparation for a career in criminal justice, graduate, or professional study, or informed citizenship.
For the B.A. degree in Criminal Justice, a minimum of 128 credits is required.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE MINOR: Students must take CJ 100(3), 210(3), 220(3), 230(3), and any two 400-level CJ courses (except CJ 495).
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 45-46 credits including 1 credit of First-Year Seminar
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
ELECTIVES: 12-13 credits
BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 46 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (33credits)
CJ 100(3), M I S 103(3), PHIL 103 GH(3), SOC 007(3), 012 GS(3), 119 GS;DF(3) (Sem: 1-4)
CJ 210(3), 220(3), 230(3) (Sem: 3-6)
CJ 450W(3), 495(3) (Sem: 7-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (13 credits)
MS&IS 200(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 9 credits from CJ 420, 430, 460, or any other 400-level CJ course (except CJ 495) (Sem: 1-4)
 A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44. 22
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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1999
Blue sheet Item #: 27-01-012
Review Date: 6/7/99 (General Education Update)