Criminal Justice (B.S.)

The primary purpose of the B.S. Program in Criminal Justice is to provide a rigorous course of study that will prepare students to work successfully with agencies (police, courts, and corrections) that administer law, achieve justice, reduce crime, and enhance domestic security. It is also designed to prepare students for graduate level studies in such areas as criminal justice and law. The program takes advantage of the proximity of MGA to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in our service area.

Students may declare the B.S. in Criminal Justice as their major during the admissions process to the University or at any time during their college career. Students who are thinking of changing their major are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor in the Department. Freshman and sophomore students should follow the curriculum outline for the degree presented below. Transfer students are welcomed to the Criminal Justice Program. General education and supporting courses will be evaluated for credit during the admission process. Students transferring academic credits in the program must meet all university residence and transfer-of-credits requirements. A transfer grade intended to satisfy any Criminal Justice core requirement or major elective course must be at least a "C."

The B.S. program in Criminal Justice allows for considerable free elective choices, including in CRJU courses.

  1. Please note that CRJU 1100 (Introduction to Criminal Justice), CRJU 2316 (Introduction to Criminology), CRJU 2317 (Introduction to Criminal Law) and CRJU 2318 (Introduction to Corrections) all must be completed with grades of "C" or higher. 
  2. In addition to the academic regulations of the University, all Criminal Justice core and major electives must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Student must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00 to remain in good standing.

Curriculum for Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Core Curriculum (Credit: 42 hours)

See listing of requirements

Area F: Lower Division Major Requirements (Credit: 18 hours)

Required Courses (Credit: 12 hours)

CRJU 1100Introduction to Criminal Justice


CRJU 2316Introduction to Criminology


CRJU 2317Introduction to Criminal Law


CRJU 2318Introduction to Corrections


Electives (6 hours)

Choose any two (2) 1000- and/or 2000- level courses.

Upper Level Core (Credit: 39 hours)

Required Courses (Credit: 24 hours)

CRJU 3020Research Methods Criminal Justice


CRJU 3100Ethics in Criminal Justice


CRJU 3110Theories of Criminal Behavior


CRJU 3200Criminal Procedure & Evidence


CRJU 3311Police Systems, Practices, and Administration


CRJU 3315The American Judicial System


CRJU 3320Juvenile Justice System and Delinquency


CRJU 4147Criminal Justice Report Writing


Capstone Elective (Credit: 3 hours)

Students must select one of these two capstone courses.

CRJU 4930Criminal Justice Internship/Capstone



CRJU 4999Criminal Justice Independent Study/Capstone


Criminal Justice Electives (Credit: 12 hours)

Choose any four (4) 3000- and/or 4000-level criminal justice courses.

Note: Students opting for the track in Homeland Security and Emergency Management must take CRJU 4310, 4507, 4550, 4660.

Optional Track in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Students opting for the track in Homeland Security and Emergency Management must take the following 4 courses:

CRJU 4310White Collar and Cyber Crime


CRJU 4507Homeland Security


CRJU 4550Terrorism


CRJU 4660Emergency Management


General/Free Electives (Credit: 21 hours)

Choose any seven (7) lower- or upper-level courses.

Total Hours: 120