Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Programs / B.S. in Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice system is an institution that is at the crux of societal concern. When individuals are asked to define major social problems, the fear of and response to crime are found at the top of the list. People not only want to have a better understanding of these problems; many also want to become a part of the solution. It is these individuals who will be the primary beneficiaries of the Criminal Justice major at KSU. The secondary beneficiaries are members of the community; university educated criminal justice personnel make better criminal justice practitioners. This program of study is timely and relevant. It infuses knowledge about interpersonal communication skills, multicultural issues, leadership and management concerns, moral and ethical considerations, and technological applications into the coursework.

The program is appropriate for pre-service as well as in-service students.

Current (Fall 2015-present) degree requirements appear below. Checklists for these and previous degree requirements are available using the "Program Checklists" link.

Program Requirements

General Education - 42 hours (Areas A-E; MATH 1107 Introduction to Statistics is recommended for this major in Area D.)

See listing of requirements.

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) and Selected Concentration (18 Credit Hours)

Must pass with grade of "C" or better.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • CRJU 1101
    Foundations of Criminal Justice
    3
  • SOCI 1101
    Introduction to Sociology
    3
  • SPAN 2034
    Spanish for Criminal Justice *
    3
  • * This course can be substituted for another course if the student is a native speaker.

    Select three of the following:

  • ANTH 1102
    Introduction to Anthropology
    3
  • PSYC 1101
    Introduction to General Psychology
    3
  • GEOG 1101
    Introduction to Human Geography
    3
  • HS 2100
    Overview of Human Services
    3
  • SPAN 1001
    -or-
    FL 1001
    Introduction To Spanish Language and Culture I

    Introduction to Foreign Language and Culture I
    3
  • ICT 2101
    -or-
    ISA 3100
    Information & Communications Technology

    Principles of Information Security
    3
  • ACCT 2100
    Introduction to Financial Accounting
    3

Cultural Diversity - 3 Credit Hours - must make a "C" or better

Select One:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • ANTH 3310
    Cultural Diversity in the U.S.
    3
  • ANTH 3307
    Cultural Anthropology
    3
  • SOCI 3314
    Race and Ethnicity
    3
  • PSYC 3355
    Cross-Cultural Psychology
    3

Upper Division Major Requirements - 24 Credit Hours - must make a "C" or better

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • CRJU 3301
    Research Methods in Criminal Justice
    3

  • CRJU 3310
    -or-
    CRJU 3311
    Police in America

    Police Administration
    3
  • CRJU 3332
    -or-
    CRJU 3352
    Corrections

    Juvenile Delinquency and Corrections
    3
  • CRJU 3398
    Internship
    3
  • or
  • CRJU 3396
    -or-
    SA 4490
    Cooperative Study

    Upper-division Study Abroad
    3
  • CRJU 4100
    Ethics in Criminal Justice
    3
  • CRJU 3315
    -or-
    POLS 4411
    Criminal Procedure

    Criminal Law
    3
  • SOCI 4432
    Criminology
    3
  • CRJU 4499
    Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
    3

Criminal Justice Electives - 15 Credit Hours - must make a "C" or better

Select five courses:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • CRJU 3300
    Criminal Courts
    3
  • CRJU 3305
    Technology and Criminal Justice
    3
  • CRJU 3310
    Police in America
    3
  • CRJU 3311
    Police Administration
    3
  • CRJU 3312
    State and Federal Law Enforcement Initiatives
    3
  • CRJU 3315
    Criminal Procedure
    3
  • CRJU 3320
    Criminal Investigation
    3
  • CRJU 3332
    Corrections
    3
  • CRJU 3340
    Legal Analysis
    3
  • CRJU 3352
    Juvenile Delinquency and Corrections
    3
  • CRJU 3365
    Profile of the Serial Offender
    3
  • CRJU 3398
    Internship
    3
  • CRJU 3400
    Ideological/Group Violence and Law Enforcement
    3
  • CRJU 4300
    Organized Crime
    3
  • CRJU 4305
    Technology and Cyber Crime
    3
  • CRJU 4410
    Criminal Profiling and Analysis
    3
  • CRJU 4430
    Victimology
    3
  • CRJU 4490
    Special Topics in Criminal Justice
    3
  • POLS 4411
    Criminal Law
    3
  • SOCI 3360
    Sociology of Violence
    3
  • SOCI 4200
    Drugs, Alcohol and Society
    3
  • SOCI 4442
    Deviance and Social Control
    3

Related Studies - 6 Credit Hours

    Select 6 hours of upper division course work (3000-4000 level). These hours do not have to be taken in a single discipline, but should relate to a particular interest or career goal. Students should determine prerequisites for upper-division elective courses and take them as electives in lower division major requirements or free electives.

Free Electives - 12 Credit Hours

    Any courses in the university curriculum.

    Note:

    *Students cannot use the same elective(s) for their upper division required core courses.


Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

* There is a University requirement of Wellness 1000 which is a 3 credit hour course in addition to the 120 hours for the program.