Jun 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Criminal Justice and Criminology, BS (43-680) (120 hours) [Also available as an accelerated program]

Major, Bachelor of Science Degree

The graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Analyze problems inherent to the criminal justice system, including issues related to diversity, discrimination, morals, and/or ethics.
  • Use qualitative and quantitative social science research to construct solutions to problems inherent to the criminal justice system, including issues related to diversity, discrimination, morals, and/or ethics.
  • Describe the potential causes of crime and the process of criminalization.
  • Produce articulate, comprehensible, and grammatically correct written communications using appropriate criminal justice information and resources.

Only courses with a grade of C or better (including transfer courses) may be used to fulfill a core requirement in any major or minor offered exclusively by the Department of Criminal Justice. Students taking CJ courses to meet the requirements of majors/minors in other departments may use a D grade to fulfill requirements, unless stipulated by that department. A student may enroll in a course offered by the Department of Criminal Justice only if a grade of C or better is earned in each of the course’s prerequisites taken. A grade of D or better will meet the requirements for the 15 hours of CJ electives taken to fulfill a CJ major or any electives required for a CJ minor.

Criminal Justice and Criminology, BS (43-842) (4 Year Guide)  

General Education Requirements: 39 Semester Hours

All students must complete a minimum of 42 credit hours in general education. See The General Education Program Requirements  for the full listing of requirements.  The following general education courses are required by this major:

Free Electives: 39 Semester Hours

Minimum Total: 120 Semester Hours

+ Course requires a grade of C or better.

Accelerated Program Notes:

The Accelerated model for this program is designed for the MS Criminal Justice and Criminology.

UCM students with a major GPA of at least 3.50 may consult with their faculty advisor regarding declaring the accelerated BS Criminal Justice and Criminology - MS Criminal Justice and Criminology option. Prior to beginning the graduate portion of the program, students in the accelerated program will need to apply to the UCM Graduate School for formal admittance to the Accelerated BS/MS program.  A GRE will not be required for students in the Accelerated program. 

Accelerated student may be eligible to include the following courses as overlap between the undergraduate and graduate programs.  They would be taken at the Graduate level (5XXX):

CJ 5001 Special Projects in Criminal Justice Administration (CJ 4000 )

CJ 5002 Criminal Justice Philosophy and Policy (CJ 4002 )

CJ 5003 Advanced Criminology (CJ 4003 )

CJ 5010 Criminal Justice International Study (CJ 4010 )

CJ 5090 Miscarriages of Justice (CJ 4090 )

CJ 5403 Sexual Assault and the Criminal Justice System ( CJ 4403 )

CJ 5420 Organized Crime ( CJ 4420 )

CJ 5444 Terrorism ( CJ 4444 )

CJ 5488 Homeland Security ( CJ 4488 )

CJ 5920 Women and Crime ( CJ 4920 )