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Begin Date: Summer Session 2003
End Date: Spring Semester 2004

Criminal Justice (CRIMJ) - Archive

Capital College: Penn State Harrisburg, Penn State Schuylkill

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR SHAUN L. GABBIDON, Program Coordinator
School of Public Affairs
Penn State Harrisburg
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
slg13@psu.edu
717-948-6054

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 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 program at Harrisburg is designed for students who have completed at least 60 credits from other institutions or who hold an associate degree in Criminal Justice or Police Science. The Criminal Justice program at Schuylkill provides all four years of the Criminal Justice degree.

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, combines 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:
Applicants should generally have completed most of their first two years of college with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average (4.0 scale). At the Harrisburg campus there are a limited number of 001-200 level courses offered. Students who enroll at the Schuylkill campus have a selection from a full menu of courses needed to fulfill the degree requirements. 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.

Change-of-Assignment Recommendation:
Because a limited number of 001-200 level courses are offered at Penn State Harrisburg for students who need lower-division courses, students should generally have completed most of their General Education requirements.

Students should request a change-of-assignment to Penn State Harrisburg or Penn State Schuylkill during their fourth semester, to be effective for the next semester of enrollment.

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)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

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

ELECTIVES: 8-12 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 67 credits
(This includes 0-4 credits of General Education Courses: 0-4 credits of GQ courses)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (27 credits)[1]
PUBPL 441(3), CRIMJ 200(3), CRIMJ 301 GI(3), CRIMJ 302 DF(3), CRIMJ 303 DF(3), CRIMJ 305 DF(3), CRIMJ 388(3), CRIMJ 450W(3), CRIMJ 490W(3) (Sem: 5-8)
(At least 6 credits in Additional Courses and/or Supporting Courses must be at the 400 level.)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (19 credits)
Select 4 credits from the following: STAT 200 GQ(4), SCLSC 320(4) (Sem: 2-6)
Select 12 credits from the following: BE SC 408(3), BE SC 461(3), CRIMJ 304(3), CRIMJ 403 GI(3), CRIMJ 404(3), CRIMJ 406 DF(3), CRIMJ 407 GI(3), CRIMJ 408 DF(3), CRIMJ 410(3), CRIMJ 411(3), CRIMJ 430(3), CRIMJ 436 GI(3), CRIMJ 489W(3), CRIMJ 495(3-12), CRIMJ 496(1-18), CRIMJ 497(1-9), PL SC 002(3) or PUBPL 304(3), PUBPL 400(3), PUBPL 401(3), PUBPL 420(3), PUBPL 480(3), SOCIO 372(3), SOCIO 463(3), SOCIO 484(3), SOCIO 486(3), PSYC 406(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from the following: PL SC 001 GS(3), PUBPL 301(3), PUBPL 305(3), PUBPL 350(3), PUBPL 361 DF(3), PUBPL 397(1-9), PUBPL 400(3), PUBPL 403(3), PUBPL 408(3), PUBPL 409(3), PUBPL 410 GI(3), PUBPL 411 DF(3), PUBPL 412 GI(3), PUBPL 413 GI(3), PUBPL 421 DF(3), PUBPL 485(3), PUBPL 496(1-18), PUBPL 497(1-9) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (21 credits)
Select 6 credits at the 300 to 400 level from the following: AFRAS, BE SC, PSYC, SOCIO (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: Summer Session 2003

Blue Sheet #: 31-04-025

Review Date: 8/7/03

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