B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration

Concentration in Corrections or Law Enforcement.

Building on a strong general studies foundation, this program will prepare you for a career in the field of criminal justice. 

You may select a concentration in either Law Enforcement or Corrections. Graduates of the program may find employment as police officers, correctional officers, probation or parole officers at the local, state or federal level.

At a Glance
120 credit hours
8 semesters (minimum)
2.0 GPA
How to Apply

Transfer Credit

Entering students who have already completed an associate degree in criminal justice or the equivalent from an accredited institution may transfer in and be admitted at junior status in the particular specialization chosen. They can then earn the baccalaureate degree by completing the general studies program and those courses specified for the third and fourth year of the major. Up to 72 hours of credit from all regionally accredited community colleges may be applied toward the degree; all transfer hours will be entered on the transcript and will be calculated in the student's GPA at Bluefield State College. 

Academy Training Hours

Students can earn up to 13 hours of credit by submitting a photocopy of a graduation certificate from an accredited police academy, state, or local federal correctional academy. A certified law enforcement academy is one that provides entry-level enforcement training plus in-service and specialty training with a full-time staff of instructors possessing criminal justice expertise. 

The minimum credit awards for Academy Training hours are:

Law Enforcement (13 credits) 

  • CRMJ 151, Introduction to Criminal Justice 
  • CRMJ 163, Criminal Law   
  • CRMJ 215, Criminal Invest
  • HLTH 201, Safety & First Aid
  • PHED 261, Strength Training I 

Corrections (13 credits) 

  • CRMJ 151, Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRMJ 221, American Corrections Systems
  • CRMJ 232, Criminal Justice Writing
  • HLTH 201, Safety & First Aid
  • PHED 261, Strength Training I
     
How to Earn Your Degree

Take note: Acquiring this degree may take more than eight semesters. In order to get your degree, you will need to complete the required coursework listed below. 

Core Requirements
CRMJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice
Course ID
CRMJ 151
Credit Hours
3

An introductory course designed to acquaint the student with the three components of the criminal justice system-police, courts, and corrections. The course focuses on the interrelationships that exist among these segments of the system. Fall.

CRMJ 163 Criminal Law
Course ID
CRMJ 163
Credit Hours
3

A study of the requirements of and protections provided by the substantive and case law of the United States. Fall.

CRMJ 164 Criminal Procedure & Evidence
Course ID
CRMJ 164
Credit Hours
3

Theory and practice of the criminal justice system from arrest to release. The following areas are covered: rules of evidence, burden of proof, and testimonial privilege. PR: CRMJ 163 or permission from the instructor. Spring.

CRMJ 208 Criminology
Course ID
CRMJ 208
Credit Hours
3

A study of current theoretical explanations of crime as a social problem, including structural, social, psychological, and critical theories of crime causation and treatment. PR: CRMJ 151 and 163. Fall.

CRMJ 221 American Correctional Systems
Course ID
CRMJ 221
Credit Hours
3

A study of contemporary American corrections, including detention facilities, organizations and personnel, programs and activities, inmate society, and trends. PR: CRMJ 151. Fall.

CRMJ 232 Criminal Justice Writing & Communication
Course ID
CRMJ 232
Credit Hours
3

Specialized instruction in preparing Criminal Justice Documentation; instruction in preparing various types of Business Communications. PR: ENGL 102. Fall.

CRMJ 252 Substance Abuse & the Criminal Justice System
Course ID
CRMJ 252
Credit Hours
3

A history of the social, moral, cultural and economic problems caused by substance abuse in our society. PR: CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102. Spring.

CRMJ 292 Juvenile Delinquency
Course ID
CRMJ 292
Credit Hours
3

A study of deviant behavior and current criminological theories, with emphasis on justice-system applications as related to juvenile offenders. PR: CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102 (or 6 credits in psychology). Spring.

CRMJ 301 Probation, Parole & Community-based Corrections
Course ID
CRMJ 301
Credit Hours
3

A study of the history and philosophy of probation, parole, and community-based corrections. Emphasis will be given to organizational and community structures of federal, state, and local methods of correction in the community, as well as to problems of supervision, case management procedures, legal framework of correctional operations, and use of emerging community-based correctional techniques. PR: CRMJ 221 and ENGL 102. Fall.

CRMJ 312 Legal Research
Course ID
CRMJ 312
Credit Hours
3

A study of research methodology in criminal justice and social sciences. The course features an in-depth consideration of legal terminology and the mechanics of legal research. PR: ENGL 102. Spring.

POSC 325 Judicial Process
Course ID
POSC 325
Credit Hours
3

Study of the American legal system on both the state and national levels. Focus on the concept of law, selection of judges, criminal and civil procedure and trial and appellate processes. PR or CR: POSC 200 or POSC 210. Fall.

CRMJ 331 Ethics in Criminal Justice
Course ID
CRMJ 331
Credit Hours
3

A treatment of ethical issues which arise in areas of Law Enforcement, Corrections, Community Corrections, Private Security, and Government. Emphasis will be placed on current issues in the Criminal Justice Field. PR: CRMJ 151. Fall.

CRMJ 341 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Course ID
CRMJ 341
Credit Hours
3

In-depth study and analysis of critical issues facing the American system of justice. PR: CRMJ 151. Fall.

POSC 401 American Constitutional Law
Course ID
POSC 401
Credit Hours
3

A study of basic principles of American constitutional government with emphasis on leading Supreme Court cases. PR: POSC 200 or POSC 210. Spring.

BUSN 301 Business Law & the Legal Environment
Course ID
BUSN 301
Credit Hours
3

Sources, classifications, functions, and evolution of law. Courts and procedures, torts, contracts, real and personal property, agency relationships, forms of business organizations, estates, landlord and tenant, and bankruptcy. Spring.

POSC 218 State & Local Government
Course ID
POSC 218
Credit Hours
3

A comparative study of American state and local governments, with emphasis on federalism, federal and state relations, interstate regulations and the structure and political process of state and local governments. Spring.

*You may substitute SOCI 310 for BUSN 301 OR POSC 218.
Restricted Electives
CRMJ 498 Internship [CRMJ 498]
Course ID
CRMJ 498
Credit Hours
1-6

Supervised internship in one of the agencies of the criminal justice system. Requires ten hours of contact per week for 16 weeks for each three hours of requested credit. Maximum of 12 hours. PR: Junior standing and consent from the instructor.

CRMJ 492 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Course ID
CRMJ 492
Credit Hours
1-3

Studies in major field for students who have demonstrated a capacity for responsible work. Not repeatable. PR: Permission of directing professor and dean.

PSYC 402 Abnormal Psychology
Course ID
PSYC 402
Credit Hours
3

An experimental and theoretical study of the phenomena of psychopathology as well as a survey of the methods of clinical diagnosis and therapy. Emphasis is taken within the framework of current diagnostic classification systems. PR: PSYC 103, PSYC 210 and 3 additional hours of psychology credits. Fall.

PSYC 328 Social Psychology
Course ID
PSYC 328
Credit Hours
3

A study and analysis of the effects of social structure upon an individual’s behavior. Social influence on personality development, attitude change, prejudice, crowd behavior and group dynamics will be emphasized. PR: PSYC 103 and PSYC 210. Spring, Even.

SPAN 101 Elementary Spanish I
Course ID
SPAN 101
Credit Hours
3

Grammar and syntax, pronunciation, elementary written and oral composition. Fall, Spring.

Corrections Concentration: Course Requirements

This program of study is designed to prepare Bluefield State students for careers in corrections and related fields. Graduates of this program may find employment as corrections officers, parole or probation officers at the federal, state or local level. The following courses must be taken in addition to the Criminal Justice core: 

CRMJ 210 Correctional Management
Course ID
CRMJ 210
Credit Hours
3

A study of the principles of organization and administration as applied to correctional agencies. An introduction to concepts of organizational behavior and TQM in the correctional setting. PR: CRMJ 151, 163. Spring.

CRMJ 320 Correctional Counseling
Course ID
CRMJ 320
Credit Hours
3

A review of major issues, theories, and research relative to rehabilitative counseling, practices used in correctional settings, and counseling techniques. Emphasis is placed on both cognitive and affective skill improvement. PR: Junior standing or consent of the instructor. PR: CRMJ 221 and ENGL 102. Spring.

CRMJ 400 Correctional Institutions
Course ID
CRMJ 400
Credit Hours
3

Analysis of the theory of organization and administration of correctional institutions; principles of institutional corrections. PR: CRMJ 221. Spring, Even.

CRMJ 414 Victimology
Course ID
CRMJ 414
Credit Hours
3

The purpose of this course is to provide a better understanding of the plight of crime victims. This course will explore "victimology" (the study of victims), and will look at all aspects of victims of crime, from prevalence and demographics to needs and perspectives. The student will grow in knowledge related to crime victims and their relationship to the criminal justice process. The student will understand the impact of the criminal justice process on victims of crime, as well as offenders through victim-offender mediation programs (restorative justice model). Various services provided to crime victims throughout the country will be explored, as well as programs related to compensation for crime victims. PR: CRMJ 221, CRMJ 301. Fall, Odd.

CRMJ 492 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Course ID
CRMJ 492
Credit Hours
1-3

Studies in major field for students who have demonstrated a capacity for responsible work. Not repeatable. PR: Permission of directing professor and dean.

*You must also take one restricted elective (3 credits)
Corrections Concentration: Recommended Schedule
Semester 1
CRMJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice
Course ID
CRMJ 151
Credit Hours
3

An introductory course designed to acquaint the student with the three components of the criminal justice system-police, courts, and corrections. The course focuses on the interrelationships that exist among these segments of the system. Fall.

CRMJ 163 Criminal Law
Course ID
CRMJ 163
Credit Hours
3

A study of the requirements of and protections provided by the substantive and case law of the United States. Fall.

ENGL 101 Composition I
Course ID
ENGL 101
Credit Hours
3

Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.

SOCI 210 Principles of Sociology
Course ID
SOCI 210
Credit Hours
3

Designed to acquaint the student with the scientific method as it is applied to the study of human behavior. A survey of social processes as they relate to culture and society forms the reference framework for the course. Fall, Spring.

COSC 102 Computers & Society
Course ID
COSC 102
Credit Hours
3

A beginning course introducing the student to the use of computers and requiring no previous computer experience or technical background. The impact of computers on society is briefly discussed, along with an overview of the types, classifications, and functions of various computer hardware, software, and peripherals. The hands-on use of microcomputers is stressed and the ability to use word processing software is emphasized.

*In place of COSC 102 Computers & Society, you may take BUSN 130 Microsoft Word.
Semester 2
CRMJ 164 Criminal Procedure & Evidence
Course ID
CRMJ 164
Credit Hours
3

Theory and practice of the criminal justice system from arrest to release. The following areas are covered: rules of evidence, burden of proof, and testimonial privilege. PR: CRMJ 163 or permission from the instructor. Spring.

CRMJ 252 Substance Abuse & the Criminal Justice System
Course ID
CRMJ 252
Credit Hours
3

A history of the social, moral, cultural and economic problems caused by substance abuse in our society. PR: CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102. Spring.

ENGL 102 Composition II
Course ID
ENGL 102
Credit Hours
3

Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.

MATH 101 General Mathematics
Course ID
MATH 101
Credit Hours
3

Study of natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, real numbers, equations, and inequalities; ratio, proportion and variation; graphs; interest; introduction to elementary statistics. Available to students scoring ACT Math score of 19 or higher, a COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 59 or higher, or an SAT Math score of 460 or higher. Fall, Spring.

PSYC 103 General Psychology
Course ID
PSYC 103
Credit Hours
3

An introductory course in the principles of human behavior. It deals with topics such as scientific method in psychology, measurement, learning, development, perception, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, intelligence and others. Fall, Spring.

Semester 3

In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a Health & Wellness course.

CRMJ 221 American Correctional Systems
Course ID
CRMJ 221
Credit Hours
3

A study of contemporary American corrections, including detention facilities, organizations and personnel, programs and activities, inmate society, and trends. PR: CRMJ 151. Fall.

CRMJ 208 Criminology
Course ID
CRMJ 208
Credit Hours
3

A study of current theoretical explanations of crime as a social problem, including structural, social, psychological, and critical theories of crime causation and treatment. PR: CRMJ 151 and 163. Fall.

CRMJ 232 Criminal Justice Writing & Communication
Course ID
CRMJ 232
Credit Hours
3

Specialized instruction in preparing Criminal Justice Documentation; instruction in preparing various types of Business Communications. PR: ENGL 102. Fall.

POSC 200 American National Government
Course ID
POSC 200
Credit Hours
3

Survey of the American political system, with emphasis on the Constitution,governmental structure, the political process and selected policy outcomes Fall, Spring

Semester 4

In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take two restricted Criminal Justice electives.

CRMJ 210 Correctional Management
Course ID
CRMJ 210
Credit Hours
3

A study of the principles of organization and administration as applied to correctional agencies. An introduction to concepts of organizational behavior and TQM in the correctional setting. PR: CRMJ 151, 163. Spring.

CRMJ 292 Juvenile Delinquency
Course ID
CRMJ 292
Credit Hours
3

A study of deviant behavior and current criminological theories, with emphasis on justice-system applications as related to juvenile offenders. PR: CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102 (or 6 credits in psychology). Spring.

POSC 218 State & Local Government
Course ID
POSC 218
Credit Hours
3

A comparative study of American state and local governments, with emphasis on federalism, federal and state relations, interstate regulations and the structure and political process of state and local governments. Spring.

Semester 5

In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a Physical or Biological Science I course and a lab.

POSC 325 Judicial Process
Course ID
POSC 325
Credit Hours
3

Study of the American legal system on both the state and national levels. Focus on the concept of law, selection of judges, criminal and civil procedure and trial and appellate processes. PR or CR: POSC 200 or POSC 210. Fall.

CRMJ 331 Ethics in Criminal Justice
Course ID
CRMJ 331
Credit Hours
3

A treatment of ethical issues which arise in areas of Law Enforcement, Corrections, Community Corrections, Private Security, and Government. Emphasis will be placed on current issues in the Criminal Justice Field. PR: CRMJ 151. Fall.

CRMJ 301 Probation, Parole & Community-based Corrections
Course ID
CRMJ 301
Credit Hours
3

A study of the history and philosophy of probation, parole, and community-based corrections. Emphasis will be given to organizational and community structures of federal, state, and local methods of correction in the community, as well as to problems of supervision, case management procedures, legal framework of correctional operations, and use of emerging community-based correctional techniques. PR: CRMJ 221 and ENGL 102. Fall.

ENGL 201 World Literature I
Course ID
ENGL 201
Credit Hours
3

A study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to 1750. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 101 is recommended. Fall, Spring.

*In place of ENGL 201 World Literature I, you may take ENGL 205 World Literature II.
Semester 6

In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take an elective and a Physical or Biological Science II course and a lab.

BUSN 301 Business Law & the Legal Environment
Course ID
BUSN 301
Credit Hours
3

Sources, classifications, functions, and evolution of law. Courts and procedures, torts, contracts, real and personal property, agency relationships, forms of business organizations, estates, landlord and tenant, and bankruptcy. Spring.

CRMJ 320 Correctional Counseling
Course ID
CRMJ 320
Credit Hours
3

A review of major issues, theories, and research relative to rehabilitative counseling, practices used in correctional settings, and counseling techniques. Emphasis is placed on both cognitive and affective skill improvement. PR: Junior standing or consent of the instructor. PR: CRMJ 221 and ENGL 102. Spring.

SOCI 323 Social Deviance
Course ID
SOCI 323
Credit Hours
3

The study and analysis of several types of disapproved behavior, which have aroused major social concern and efforts to do something about them. Special emphasis will be given to such areas as drug use and addiction; homosexuality; prostitution; white collar, professional, organized and violent crimes; suicide; and mental illness. PR: SOCI 210. Fall.

Semester 7

In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a restricted Criminal Justice elective.

CRMJ 341 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Course ID
CRMJ 341
Credit Hours
3

In-depth study and analysis of critical issues facing the American system of justice. PR: CRMJ 151. Fall.

COMM 201 Basic Communication
Course ID
COMM 201
Credit Hours
3

This introductory course in human communication develops communication competence by exploring the foundations of communication, interpersonal communication, group communication and public speaking. Emphasis is on developing practical skills in the following areas: critical thinking, research, listening, language, nonverbal, ethics, conflict management and resolution, self-confidence, perception, relationships, teamwork, interviewing, public speaking, and diversity. PR: ENGL 102 and Computer Literacy course. Fall, Spring.

CRMJ 414 Victimology
Course ID
CRMJ 414
Credit Hours
3

The purpose of this course is to provide a better understanding of the plight of crime victims. This course will explore "victimology" (the study of victims), and will look at all aspects of victims of crime, from prevalence and demographics to needs and perspectives. The student will grow in knowledge related to crime victims and their relationship to the criminal justice process. The student will understand the impact of the criminal justice process on victims of crime, as well as offenders through victim-offender mediation programs (restorative justice model). Various services provided to crime victims throughout the country will be explored, as well as programs related to compensation for crime victims. PR: CRMJ 221, CRMJ 301. Fall, Odd.

CRMJ 492 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Course ID
CRMJ 492
Credit Hours
1-3

Studies in major field for students who have demonstrated a capacity for responsible work. Not repeatable. PR: Permission of directing professor and dean.

*In place of COMM 201 Basic Communication, you may take COMM 208 Fundamentals of Speech.
Semester 8

In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take an elective course.

CRMJ 490 Seminar in Criminal Justice
Course ID
CRMJ 490
Credit Hours
3

An analysis and discussion of problems and experiences gained during the field internship, and of the knowledge gained through the course work completed in criminal justice. An emphasis is placed on integrating theory and practice. PR: Senior standing or permission of the instructor. Spring.

CRMJ 312 Legal Research
Course ID
CRMJ 312
Credit Hours
3

A study of research methodology in criminal justice and social sciences. The course features an in-depth consideration of legal terminology and the mechanics of legal research. PR: ENGL 102. Spring.

CRMJ 400 Correctional Institutions
Course ID
CRMJ 400
Credit Hours
3

Analysis of the theory of organization and administration of correctional institutions; principles of institutional corrections. PR: CRMJ 221. Spring, Even.

POSC 401 American Constitutional Law
Course ID
POSC 401
Credit Hours
3

A study of basic principles of American constitutional government with emphasis on leading Supreme Court cases. PR: POSC 200 or POSC 210. Spring.

Law Enforcement Concentration: Course Requirements

Designed to prepare Bluefield State College students for careers in federal and state law enforcement, graduates of this program may find employment in any of the many different law enforcement agencies in the United States or in the area of homeland security. The following courses must be taken in addition to the Criminal Justice core.

CRMJ 170 Police & Community Relations
Course ID
CRMJ 170
Credit Hours
3

A basic course in law enforcement with emphasis on the history of law enforcement, role of the police in a democracy, police and community relations, organizations and career orientation. PR: CRMJ 151 or permission from the instructor. Spring.

CRMJ 215 Criminal Investigation
Course ID
CRMJ 215
Credit Hours
3

Introduction to fundamentals of criminal investigation, including theory and history, conduct at crime scenes, collection and preservation of evidence. PR: CRMJ 151 and eligibility for enrollment in ENGL 101. Fall.

CRMJ 280 Police Organization & Administration
Course ID
CRMJ 280
Credit Hours
3

A study of the principles of organization and administration as applied to law enforcement agencies. An introduction to concepts of organizational behavior. PR: CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102. Spring.

CRMJ 250 Police Operations
Course ID
CRMJ 250

A study of police operations with a focus on patrol procedures to include auto, air, bike, and K-9. Students will learn the police hiring process from the Physical Aptitude Test (PAT) through the oral interview. The course will also examine police use of force, both lethal and non-lethal. The police-military interface will also be explored. PR: Permission of instructor, CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102. Spring.

CRMJ 431 Private Security
Course ID
CRMJ 431
Credit Hours
3

An in-depth study of private security organizations, needs and requirements in the United States. PR: CRMJ 280. Spring.

CRMJ 492 Terrorism
Course ID
CRMJ 492
Credit Hours
3

An in-depth analysis of the origins and historical perspectives of terrorism, both domestic and international. Areas of study will include definitions, origins, historical development, and usages. PR: CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102. Fall.

Law Enforcement Concentration: Recommended Schedule
Semester 1
CRMJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice
Course ID
CRMJ 151
Credit Hours
3

An introductory course designed to acquaint the student with the three components of the criminal justice system-police, courts, and corrections. The course focuses on the interrelationships that exist among these segments of the system. Fall.

CRMJ 163 Criminal Law
Course ID
CRMJ 163
Credit Hours
3

A study of the requirements of and protections provided by the substantive and case law of the United States. Fall.

ENGL 101 Composition I
Course ID
ENGL 101
Credit Hours
3

Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.

SOCI 210 Principles of Sociology
Course ID
SOCI 210
Credit Hours
3

Designed to acquaint the student with the scientific method as it is applied to the study of human behavior. A survey of social processes as they relate to culture and society forms the reference framework for the course. Fall, Spring.

COSC 102 Computers & Society
Course ID
COSC 102
Credit Hours
3

A beginning course introducing the student to the use of computers and requiring no previous computer experience or technical background. The impact of computers on society is briefly discussed, along with an overview of the types, classifications, and functions of various computer hardware, software, and peripherals. The hands-on use of microcomputers is stressed and the ability to use word processing software is emphasized.

*In place of COSC 102 Computers & Society, you may take BUSN 130 Microsoft Word.
Semester 2
CRMJ 164 Criminal Procedure & Evidence
Course ID
CRMJ 164
Credit Hours
3

Theory and practice of the criminal justice system from arrest to release. The following areas are covered: rules of evidence, burden of proof, and testimonial privilege. PR: CRMJ 163 or permission from the instructor. Spring.

CRMJ 170 Police & Community Relations
Course ID
CRMJ 170
Credit Hours
3

A basic course in law enforcement with emphasis on the history of law enforcement, role of the police in a democracy, police and community relations, organizations and career orientation. PR: CRMJ 151 or permission from the instructor. Spring.

ENGL 102 Composition II
Course ID
ENGL 102
Credit Hours
3

Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.

MATH 101 General Mathematics
Course ID
MATH 101
Credit Hours
3

Study of natural numbers, integers, rational numbers, real numbers, equations, and inequalities; ratio, proportion and variation; graphs; interest; introduction to elementary statistics. Available to students scoring ACT Math score of 19 or higher, a COMPASS Pre-Algebra score of 59 or higher, or an SAT Math score of 460 or higher. Fall, Spring.

PSYC 103 General Psychology
Course ID
PSYC 103
Credit Hours
3

An introductory course in the principles of human behavior. It deals with topics such as scientific method in psychology, measurement, learning, development, perception, motivation, personality, abnormal behavior, intelligence and others. Fall, Spring.

Semester 3

In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a Health & Wellness course.

CRMJ 215 Criminal Investigation
Course ID
CRMJ 215
Credit Hours
3

Introduction to fundamentals of criminal investigation, including theory and history, conduct at crime scenes, collection and preservation of evidence. PR: CRMJ 151 and eligibility for enrollment in ENGL 101. Fall.

CRMJ 208 Criminology
Course ID
CRMJ 208
Credit Hours
3

A study of current theoretical explanations of crime as a social problem, including structural, social, psychological, and critical theories of crime causation and treatment. PR: CRMJ 151 and 163. Fall.

CRMJ 232 Criminal Justice Writing & Communication
Course ID
CRMJ 232
Credit Hours
3

Specialized instruction in preparing Criminal Justice Documentation; instruction in preparing various types of Business Communications. PR: ENGL 102. Fall.

POSC 200 American National Government
Course ID
POSC 200
Credit Hours
3

Survey of the American political system, with emphasis on the Constitution, governmental structure, the political process and selected policy outcomes. Fall, Spring. 

Semester 4

In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a restricted Criminal Justice elective course.

CRMJ 280 Police Organization & Administration
Course ID
CRMJ 280
Credit Hours
3

A study of the principles of organization and administration as applied to law enforcement agencies. An introduction to concepts of organizational behavior. PR: CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102. Spring.

CRMJ 292 Juvenile Delinquency
Course ID
CRMJ 292
Credit Hours
3

A study of deviant behavior and current criminological theories, with emphasis on justice-system applications as related to juvenile offenders. PR: CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102 (or 6 credits in psychology). Spring.

CRMJ 250 Police Operations
Course ID
CRMJ 250

A study of police operations with a focus on patrol procedures to include auto, air, bike, and K-9. Students will learn the police hiring process from the Physical Aptitude Test (PAT) through the oral interview. The course will also examine police use of force, both lethal and non-lethal. The police-military interface will also be explored. PR: Permission of instructor, CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102. Spring.

CRMJ 252 Substance Abuse & the Criminal Justice System
Course ID
CRMJ 252
Credit Hours
3

A history of the social, moral, cultural and economic problems caused by substance abuse in our society. PR: CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102. Spring.

Semester 5

In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a Physical or Biological Science I course and a lab.

POSC 325 Judicial Process
Course ID
POSC 325
Credit Hours
3

Study of the American legal system on both the state and national levels. Focus on the concept of law, selection of judges, criminal and civil procedure and trial and appellate processes. PR or CR: POSC 200 or POSC 210. Fall.

CRMJ 331 Ethics in Criminal Justice
Course ID
CRMJ 331
Credit Hours
3

A treatment of ethical issues which arise in areas of Law Enforcement, Corrections, Community Corrections, Private Security, and Government. Emphasis will be placed on current issues in the Criminal Justice Field. PR: CRMJ 151. Fall.

CRMJ 221 American Correctional Systems
Course ID
CRMJ 221
Credit Hours
3

A study of contemporary American corrections, including detention facilities, organizations and personnel, programs and activities, inmate society, and trends. PR: CRMJ 151. Fall.

ENGL 201 World Literature I
Course ID
ENGL 201
Credit Hours
3

A study of representative works of world literature from antiquity to 1750. The course emphasizes the study and consideration of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions. This course gives special attention to critical thinking and writing within a framework of cultural diversity. PR: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 102. HIST 101 is recommended. Fall, Spring.

*In place of ENGL 201 World Literature I, you may take ENGL 205 World Literature II.
Semester 6

In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take an elective and a Physical or Biological Science II course and a lab.

CRMJ 431 Private Security
Course ID
CRMJ 431
Credit Hours
3

An in-depth study of private security organizations, needs and requirements in the United States. PR: CRMJ 280. Spring.

BUSN 301 Business Law & the Legal Environment
Course ID
BUSN 301
Credit Hours
3

Sources, classifications, functions, and evolution of law. Courts and procedures, torts, contracts, real and personal property, agency relationships, forms of business organizations, estates, landlord and tenant, and bankruptcy. Spring.

POSC 218 State & Local Government
Course ID
POSC 218
Credit Hours
3

A comparative study of American state and local governments, with emphasis on federalism, federal and state relations, interstate regulations and the structure and political process of state and local governments. Spring.

SOCI 323 Social Deviance
Course ID
SOCI 323
Credit Hours
3

The study and analysis of several types of disapproved behavior, which have aroused major social concern and efforts to do something about them. Special emphasis will be given to such areas as drug use and addiction; homosexuality; prostitution; white collar, professional, organized and violent crimes; suicide; and mental illness. PR: SOCI 210. Fall.

Semester 7

In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a restricted Criminal Justice elective.

CRMJ 341 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Course ID
CRMJ 341
Credit Hours
3

In-depth study and analysis of critical issues facing the American system of justice. PR: CRMJ 151. Fall.

CRMJ 492 Terrorism
Course ID
CRMJ 492
Credit Hours
3

An in-depth analysis of the origins and historical perspectives of terrorism, both domestic and international. Areas of study will include definitions, origins, historical development, and usages. PR: CRMJ 151 and ENGL 102. Fall.

CRMJ 301 Probation, Parole & Community-based Corrections
Course ID
CRMJ 301
Credit Hours
3

A study of the history and philosophy of probation, parole, and community-based corrections. Emphasis will be given to organizational and community structures of federal, state, and local methods of correction in the community, as well as to problems of supervision, case management procedures, legal framework of correctional operations, and use of emerging community-based correctional techniques. PR: CRMJ 221 and ENGL 102. Fall.

COMM 201 Basic Communication
Course ID
COMM 201
Credit Hours
3

This introductory course in human communication develops communication competence by exploring the foundations of communication, interpersonal communication, group communication and public speaking. Emphasis is on developing practical skills in the following areas: critical thinking, research, listening, language, nonverbal, ethics, conflict management and resolution, self-confidence, perception, relationships, teamwork, interviewing, public speaking, and diversity. PR: ENGL 102 and Computer Literacy course. Fall, Spring.

COMM 208 Fundamentals of Speech
Course ID
COMM 208
Credit Hours
3

Develops proficiency in oral communications through the learning of basic forms, uses, and techniques of public speaking. Emphasis is on practical aspects of speech writing, listening, and oral presentations. PR: a grade of “C” or better in English 102. Fall, Spring.

*In place of COMM 201 Basic Communication, you may take COMM 208 Fundamentals of Speech.
Semester 8

In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take two electives.

POSC 401 American Constitutional Law
Course ID
POSC 401
Credit Hours
3

A study of basic principles of American constitutional government with emphasis on leading Supreme Court cases. PR: POSC 200 or POSC 210. Spring.

CRMJ 490 Seminar in Criminal Justice
Course ID
CRMJ 490
Credit Hours
3

An analysis and discussion of problems and experiences gained during the field internship, and of the knowledge gained through the course work completed in criminal justice. An emphasis is placed on integrating theory and practice. PR: Senior standing or permission of the instructor. Spring.

CRMJ 312 Legal Research
Course ID
CRMJ 312
Credit Hours
3

A study of research methodology in criminal justice and social sciences. The course features an in-depth consideration of legal terminology and the mechanics of legal research. PR: ENGL 102. Spring.