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Criminal Justice Major

Criminal Justice Concentrations

 

The Department of Behavioral Sciences & Human Services offers three Criminal Justice concentrations to allow students to explore specific interests that align with their career goals.

Concentrations

Review the program requirements for students pursuing a Criminal Justice degree.

Social Justice Concentration

The Social Justice Concentration allows students to develop a field of knowledge and expertise that will enable them to (1) critically examine the values, laws, practices, and policies that constitute Social Justice in theory and practice; (2) understand the principles of effective social and community activism; (3) formulate and evaluate strategies that seek to address issues such as racism, violence, literacy, human rights, gender equity, poverty, hunger, and conservation of the environment.

Student must select seven courses.

  • Criminal Law/Civil Rights - CRJU 301
  • Legal Research/Writing - CRJU 302
  • Society and Law - CRJU 303
  • Conflict Resolution/ ADR - CRJU 310
  • Woman and the Law - CRJU 312
  • Stress Management - CRJU 314
  • Victimization and the Criminal Justice - CRJU 315
  • Multicultural Issues - CRJU 325
  • Trial Advocacy - CRJU 401
  • Criminal Law - CRJU 404
  • International and Domestic Terrorism - CRJU 406
  • White Collar Crime - CRJU 407
  • Special Topics in Criminal Justice I - CRJU 410
  • Special Topics in Criminal Justice II: CRJU 411
  • Professional Ethics - CRJU 412
  • Independent Research in Criminal Justice - CRJU 413
  • Global Security - CRJU 415
  • Homeland Security - CRJU 416

Community-Based Corrections Concentration

Community-based correction concentration focuses on correctional procedures, practices, strategies, and personnel regarding probation, parole, juveniles, diversion, re-entry, drug and alcohol programs, and other innovative correctional approaches applied in a community setting. The concentration will present and discuss the philosophy and effectiveness of different types of community-based corrections while keeping in perspective the impact they have on each component of the criminal justice system.

Student must select seven courses.

  • Legal Issues in Corrections - CRJU 311
  • Stress Management - CRJU 314
  • Corrections: The Prison Industrial Complex - CRJU 317
  • Community Based Corrections - CRJU 318
  • Probation and Parole - CRJU 319
  • Juvenile Justice System - CRJU 321
  • Drugs and Crime - CRJU 322
  • Criminal Justice Administration - CRJU 323
  • Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice - CRJU 325
  • Criminalistics II - CRJU 405
  • Current issues in Corrections - CRJU 408
  • Comparative Issues in Corrections - CRJU 409
  • Special Topics in Criminals Justice - CRJU 410
  • Special Topic Criminal Justice II - CRJU 411
  • Professional Ethics - CRJU 412
  • Independent Research in Criminal Justice - CRJU 413
  • Juvenile Delinquency - SOCI 302

Forensic Science Concentration

Forensic science is the application of basic biological, chemical, and physical science principles and technological practices to the purposes of Justice in the study of criminal and civil issues. The concentration is based upon combining three criminal justice courses with three chemistry courses. This concentration is designed specifically to make the student a more thorough investigator at various crime scenes. Individuals who have knowledge may be employable as crime scene technicians.

Students must select six courses.

  • General Chemistry I - CHEM 107
  • General Chemistry II - CHEM 108
  • Organic Chemistry - CHEM 201
  • Criminal Investigation - CRJU 324
  • Criminalistics II - CRJU 405

Select one course from this list:

  • Forensics Anthropology - CRJU 326
  • Forensics Entomology - CRJU 417
  • Forensic Psychology - PSYC 407
  • CRJU Special Topics (Criminal Profiling) - CRJU 410