Criminal Justice and Public Administration Degree

The mission of the Criminal Justice and Public Administration Program is to prepare students for success in graduate school and in their professional careers by providing a quality education that stresses integrity and scholarship.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Criminal Justice and Public Administration is designed to prepare students for graduate school and for diversified work experiences in the public sector, particularly in the criminal justice system. In addition, the Criminal Justice and Public Administration student will receive knowledge and skills which will enable him or her to pursue opportunities in loss prevention and private security.

Degree Requirements

Area I – Foundation Skills - 2 hours

FSL 101Foundations of Scholarship and Learning

2

FSL 101 is required for new and transferring freshmen with less that 24 credit hours. Students must earn a "C" or higher in FSL 101.

Area I - Rhetoric and Communication - 15 hours

ENG 101English Composition I

3

ENG 102English Composition II

3

SPEE 220Fundamentals of Speech

3

SPAN 111Elementary Spanish I

3

SPAN 112Elementary Spanish II

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in ENG 101, ENG 102, and SPAN 111.

Area I – Mathematics (choose one) - 3-4 hours

MATH 110Mathematics for the Liberal Arts

3

MATH 111College Algebra

3

MATH 112Trigonometry

3

MATH 121Calculus I

4

Area II - Arts and Humanities (choose one) - 3 hours

ART 191Enhancing Art Understanding

3

ENG 210Introduction to Film Studies

3

MU 129Music Listening

3

PHIL 201Introduction to Philosophy

3

THR 100Introduction to Theatre

3

Area II - Literature in English (choose one) - 3 hours

ENG 215Introduction to Literature

3

ENG 216Topics in Literature

3

Area II - The Social Sciences (choose two) - 6 hours

ANTH 210/SOC 210Cultural Anthropology

3

ECON 241Principles of Macroeconomics

3

or

ECON 242Principles of Microeconomics

3

PSY 201General Psychology

3

or

PSY 211Psychology of Human Growth & Development

3

SOC 221Introduction to Sociology

3

Area II - History - 6 hours

Choose one of two sequences:
HIS 191World Civilization to 1500

3

and

HIS 192World Civilization since 1500

3

or

HIS 201History of the United States I

3

and

HIS 202History of the United States II

3

Area II - The Natural Sciences: Biology - 7-8 hours

Choose one from the following:

BIO 100Principles of Biology

4

BIO 111General Biology I

3

AND Choose one from the following:

ASTR 100Introduction to Astronomy

4

CHEM 103Fundamentals of Chemistry

3

and

CHEM 103LFundamentals of Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 111General Chemistry I

3

and

CHEM 111LGeneral Chemistry I Lab

1

PHY 201College Physics I

4

PHY 210General Physics I

4

PS 100Physical Science

4

Criminal Justice Core Requirements - 30 hours

CRJ 111/SOC 111Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ 210Investigation

3

CRJ 222/SOC 222Corrections

3

CRJ 225/SOC 225Juvenile Delinquency

3

CRJ 311Management of Law Enforcement Agencies

3

CRJ 323/SOC 323Criminology

3

CRJ 325Security and Loss Prevention in the Private Sector

3

CRJ 410Principles of Criminal Law

3

CRJ 411/POLSC 411Constitutional Law

3

CRJ 421Introduction to Forensic Science

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all Criminal Justice core requirements.

Criminal Justice Electives - 6 hours

Choose two criminal justice electives at the 300 level or higher.

Students must earn a "C" or higher in Criminal Justice electives.

Political Science Requirements - 6 hours

POLSC 223Introduction to American National Government & Politics

3

POLSC 224Introduction to American State and Local Government & Politics

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all Political Science requirements.

Public Administration Requirements - 18 hours

PBADM 200Public Administration

3

PBADM 220Introduction to Public Policy

3

PBADM 320Urban Affairs and Issues

3

PBADM 330Organization Theory

3

PBADM 461The Planning Process

3

PBADM 466/CRJ 466Administrative Law

3

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all Public Administration requirements.

Required Social Science Electives - 6 hours

Choose two social science courses at the 300 level or higher.

Students must earn a "C" or higher in all social science electives.

General Electives - 7-11 hours

Select sufficient courses from any academic discipline to bring the total hours for graduation to a minimum of 120.

   Total GEC Credit Hours (43-47 hours)
Total Required Criminal Justice Core Courses (30 hours)
Total Criminal Justice Electives (6 hours)
Total Political Science Requirements (6 hours)
Total Public Administration Requirements (18 hours)
Total Social Science Electives (6 hours)
Total General Electives (7-11 hours)

120 minimum hours required for graduation.