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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Harrisburg

Criminal Justice

Capital College (CRIMJ): Penn State Harrisburg
World Campus

PROFESSOR SHAUN GABBIDON, Program Chair, School of Public Affairs

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Criminal Justice helps provide its graduates with the communications and analytical skills critical to succeed in criminal justice and related careers. Through an interdisciplinary approach to the problems of crime and society, the program also equips students to pursue graduate study in criminal justice or related disciplines, and educates students to become effective problem-solvers as professionals in the field of criminal justice.

The study of criminal justice is approached as an applied interdisciplinary science, teaching students both the theoretical and the practical aspects of crime control and the administration of justice. The Criminal Justice curriculum provides students with the opportunity and assistance to acquire knowledge of the roles of policing, courts, laws, and corrections as they relate to both the adult and juvenile justice system. Students also gain knowledge of the history, concepts, and critical issues related to the role of gender and race/ethnicity in the criminal justice system, victimology, and ethics in criminal justice. The curriculum further provides a theoretical foundation of the discipline, combined with a thorough understanding of the scientific method as it applies to criminal justice. This combination is expected to sharpen the students' talents of reasoning and judgment, qualities imperative to rational functioning in criminal justice and related professions.

For a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Admission Requirements for Transfer Students:
Transfer applicants must have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average (4.0 scale). The evaluation of prior college work is conducted on an individual basis by the Office of Enrollment Services at both campuses.

Entry to Major Requirements:
The student must have a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average and an average of C (2.00) or better in any course already taken in the major.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(0-4 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 13-17 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 62 credits
(This includes 0-4 credits of General Education courses: 0-4 credits of GQ courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES
(25 credits)[1]
CRIMJ 012 GS(3), CRIMJ 100 GS(3), CRIMJ 210(3), CRIMJ 220(3), CRIMJ 230(3), CRIMJ 250W(3), CRIMJ 450W(4), CRIMJ 465(3) (Sem: 5-8)

(At least 9 credits in Additional Courses and/or Supporting Courses must be at the 400 level.)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (16 credits)
Select 4 credits from CRIMJ 260(3)/PUBPL 320(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 6 credits from the following: CRIMJ 201(3), CRIMJ 220(3), CRIMJ 221(3), CRIMJ 234(3), CRIMJ 241(3) (Sem 5-8)
Select 6 credits from the following: CRIMJ 300H(3-6), CRIMJ 301H(3-6), CRIMJ 304(3), CRIMJ 389(3), CRIMJ 406(3), CRIMJ 407 US(3), CRIMJ 408(3), CRIMJ 410(3), CRIMJ 413(3), CRIMJ 414(3), CRIMJ 415(3), CRIMJ 421(3), CRIMJ 423 US(3), CRIMJ 425(3), CRIMJ 426(3-6), CRIMJ 430(3), CRIMJ 431(3), CRIMJ 441 US(3), CRIMJ 453 US(3), CRIMJ 460(3), CRIMJ 462(3), CRIMJ 489W(3), CRIMJ 495(3-12), CRIMJ 496(1-18), CRIMJ 497(1-9) (Sem: 5-8)
Or Select 12 credits from the following: CRIMJ 300H(3-6), CRIMJ 301H(3-6), CRIMJ 304(3), CRIMJ 389(3), CRIMJ 406(3), CRIMJ 407 US(3), CRIMJ 408(3), CRIMJ 410(3), CRIMJ 413(3), CRIMJ 414(3), CRIMJ 415(3), CRIMJ 421(3), CRIMJ 423 US(3), CRIMJ 425(3), CRIMJ 426(3-6), CRIMJ 430(3), CRIMJ 431(3), CRIMJ 441 US(3), CRIMJ 453 US(3), CRIMJ 460(3), CRIMJ 462(3), CRIMJ 489W(3), CRIMJ 495(3-12), CRIMJ 496(1-18), CRIMJ 497(1-9) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS
(21 credits)
Select 6 credits: 3 credits at the 200 level and 3 credits at the 300 and 400 level or 6 credits at the 300 and 400 level from the following: AFRAS, BE SC, PL SC, PUBPL, PSYCH, SOC (Sem: 5-8)
Select 15 credits in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests. For information about specific courses in this area, contact the School of Public Affairs. (Sem: 5-8)

[1]A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-04-018

Review Date: 01/14/2014

UCA Revision #1: 8/20/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07