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About the CCPS Criminal Justice Program

The Behavioral Sciences Department Program at the College of Continuing Professional Studies offers a bachelors of science in criminal justice. Criminology is the scientific study of criminal behavior and the social institutions that deal with crime. The criminal justice major combines the resources of psychology and sociology, in order to effect a broad-based view of criminal behavior. In addition to the course offerings, departmental majors are encouraged to work in community, social and/or correctional agencies where they can apply classroom knowledge to real problems.

Students should complete all 100- and 200-level requirements before accumulating 60 credit hours (junior status). The criminal justice major requires 36 hours of coursework in the following distribution:

CRIM 102: Introduction to Criminology
BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
CRIM 201: Law and Society
CRIM 221: Victimology
BSCI 274: Statistical Foundations for the Behavioral Sciences
CRIM 301: Principles of Forensic Science
CRIM 331: Advanced Criminology
CRIM 332: Juvenile Delinquency
CRIM 360: The Judicial Process
BSCI 493: Senior Seminar

Students also must choose six hours of criminology electives numbered 300 or above.

General Education Courses

Students must take the following courses as part of general education requirements:

ENGL 207: Expository Writing
PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the U.S.
PSYC 334: Abnormal Psychology
PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the U.S.

Choose one of the following:

GSTU 101: Introduction to Computers and Software
GSTU 210: Desktop Applications for PCs
GSTU 211: Desktop Applications for Macs