Students interested in criminal justice studies (CJS) may elect a major or minor as part of the liberal arts program leading to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires 12 hours of non-English modern or classical language.
Criminal Justice Studies is a multi-disciplinary major with contributions from the fields of sociology, political science, and anthropology. Students will learn the basic four areas of the discipline, policing, law, corrections, and criminology in the introductory courses, and then will be able to specialize in their area of choice through upper division electives.
Several of the required and elective courses in the criminal justice studies major are listed under their respective disciplines such as sociology and political science. There are 27 hours of sociology designated criminal justice courses that can count toward both the criminal justice studies degree and the sociology major.
Criminal Justice Studies requires students to complete the precriminal justice requirements before being accepted as criminal justice studies majors. Students also must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50.