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Criminal Justice (CRIMJ) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2004
End Date: Fall Semester 2006 -UCA

Criminal Justice - ARCHIVE

Capital College (CRIMJ): Penn State Harrisburg (offered via Resident Instruction and Penn State Online), Penn State Schuylkill

PROFESSOR BARBARA A. SIMS, Program Coordinator, 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
(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: 11 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 64 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (31 credits)[1]
CRIMJ 200 GS(3), CRIMJ 201 US(3), CRIMJ 202(3), CRIMJ 203(3), CRIMJ 241(3), CRIMJ 305(3), CRIMJ 388(3), CRIMJ 450W(3), CRIMJ 490W(3), PUBPL 320(4) (Sem: 5-8)

(At least 6 credits in Additional Courses and/or Supporting Courses must be at the 400 level.)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 12 credits from the following: BE SC 408(3), BE SC 461(3), CRIMJ 303(3), CRIMJ 304(3), CRIMJ 389(3), CRIMJ 401(3), CRIMJ 403 US(3), CRIMJ 404(3), CRIMJ 406(3), CRIMJ 407 US(3), CRIMJ 408(3), CRIMJ 410(3), CRIMJ 411(3), CRIMJ 430(3), CRIMJ 436 US(3), CRIMJ 489W(3), CRIMJ 495(3-12), CRIMJ 496(1-18), CRIMJ 497(1-9), PL SC 002(3), PL SC 003 GS(3), PL SC 014 GS(3), PL SC 456(3), PSYC 406(3), PUBPL 304W(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) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from the following: PL SC 001 GS(3), PL SC 003 GS(3), PL SC 014 GS(3), PL SC 403(3), PL SC 408(3), PL SC 409(3), PL SC 456(3), PL SC 496(1-18), PL SC 497(1-9), PUBPL 397(1-9), PUBPL 400(3), PUBPL 410 US(3), PUBPL 411(3), PUBPL 412 IL(3), PUBPL 413 IL(3), PUBPL 421(3), PUBPL 485(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Select 6 credits at the 300 and 400 level from the following: AFRAS, BE SC, PSYC, SOCIO (Sem: 5-8)
Select 12 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 2004

Blue Sheet Item #: 32-03-012

Review Date: 8/3/05

Change in program coordinator input by Publications: 9/29/06

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