Mar 31, 2023  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice Major

Jennifer L. Huck Chair of Department of Communication and Sociology
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Kelly Pinter Lecturer of Sociology and Criminal Justice

The criminal justice major is designed to meet the needs of students considering a career in the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, law and the courts and corrections. The major has an interdisciplinary liberal arts focus, emphasizing social science knowledge as well as basic communication and intellectual skills. We offer courses to help students understand the structure and philosophy of the American criminal justice system including the dimensions and causes of crime and delinquency, theories of crime prevention and control, the history, nature and theories of law enforcement, the basis and operation of criminal courts, and the philosophies and practices of various correctional institutions and programs, including corrections in the community.

Learning Outcomes for Criminal Justice

Students successfully completing the major are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure, philosophy and administration of the criminal justice system and its components of law enforcement, courts, and corrections.
  2. Describe and apply criminological theory to understand why individuals engage in crime, how criminals are created, and how policies connect to theoretical underpinnings.
  3. Utilize and evaluate appropriate research and analytical methods in criminal justice.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to develop and convey oral and written messages effectively in a professional manner.


Bachelor requirements for this major may take SOC 114  instead of CMP 114 .

Bachelor of Science Requirements

The requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree are:


Each major may have specific course sequencing requirements. For specific requirements, see “Required Support Courses” within each major