Criminology & Criminal Justice, BS

Bachelor of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice (380001BS) 

More on the Criminology & Criminal Justice major

The criminology and criminal justice program prepares students for careers in policing, courts, corrections, and criminology at any level of government or in the private sector. This program is also appropriate for students who desire to pursue graduate or law school. Students will take a broad core of criminal justice courses, and then select courses from concentrations in policing, courts, corrections, or criminology. Students have a number of electives to tailor their degrees to particular career paths of interest. 

The following information has official approval of The Department of Criminal Justice Studies and The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor.



General Education Requirements34
Core Requirement18
Foundation Requirements18-27
Foreign Culture6
Concentration Requirement18
Additional Credits for Graduation *26-17
Total Hours120

General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
Integrated and Applied Learning
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours34

College of Arts & Sciences Requirement

Students must also complete a minimum of 40 credits (excluding workshops) consisting of either:
Upper-level (300/400) courses both in and outside of the student’s major;
or other courses outside the major department approved by the student’s major department chair (permission should be obtained prior to enrollment); these may not include workshops

Core Requirement

3700:100Government & Politics in the United States3
3800:100Introduction to Criminal Justice3
3800:102Principles of Criminal Law3
3800:103Introduction to Corrections3
3800:105Introduction to Police Studies3
3850:100Introduction to Sociology3
Total Hours18

Foundation Requirements

Part I
3700:301Introduction to Political Research3
or 3850:301 Social Research Design
Part II
3700:361Politics of the Criminal Justice System3
3700:395Internship in Government & Politics 13-9
3850:320Social Inequalities3
Part III
3700:401Advanced Topics in Research Methods3-6
or 3700:480 Policy Problems in Political Science
or 3850:302 Data Analysis
or 3850:401 Advanced Topics in Research Methods
Total Hours18-27

Foreign Culture

Foreign Culture 16
Select at least six credits
Total Hours6

Concentration Requirement

Select one of the following concentration areas:18
Policing Concentration
3800:305Policing Administration and Management3
3800:307Foundations of Crime Analysis3
3800:405Policing Theory and Strategy3
Complete three courses from the program elective list9
Courts and Law Concentration
3700:335Law & Society3
or 3850:441 Sociology of Law
3700:360The Judicial Process3
3800:302Theory of Criminal Law3
Complete three courses from the program elective list9
Corrections Concentration
3850:431Theories and Practices of Correctional Systems3
or 3700:450 Administering Prisons, Probation, and Parole
3850:350Drugs in Society3
3850:430Juvenile Delinquency3
Complete three courses from the program elective list9
Criminology Concentration
3850:433Sociology of Deviant Behavior3
3850:441Sociology of Law3
or 3700:335 Law & Society
Complete four courses from the program elective list12

Program Elective List

Electives in Criminal Justice Studies
3800:302Theory of Criminal Law3
3800:305Policing Administration and Management3
3800:307Foundations of Crime Analysis3
3800:325Information Privacy3
3800:386Courtroom Proceedings and Testimony3
3800:405Policing Theory and Strategy3
3800:407Advanced Crime Analysis3
3800:457Crime Analysis Applications3
3800:465Crisis & Trauma: Assessments & Interventions3
3800:480Special Topics in Criminal Justice1-3
Electives in Political Science
3700:334Law, Mediation, and Violence3
3700:335Law & Society3
3700:337Terrorism: Perpetrators, Politics and Response3
3700:339Terrorism and the Constitution3
3700:360The Judicial Process3
3700:363Crime, Punishment, Politics: A Comparative Perspective3
3700:370Public Administrtion: Concepts & Practices3
3700:400Political Extremism & Violence3
3700:403Media, Crime and Public Opinion3
3700:406Comparative Constitutional Law3
3700:418Weapons of Mass Destruction3
3700:419Homeland Security Policy and Process3
3700:443Political Scandals & Corruption3
3700:450Administering Prisons, Probation, and Parole3
3700:461The Supreme Court & Constitutional Law3
3700:462The Supreme Court & Civil Liberties3
3700:481The Challenges of Police Work3
3700:482Criminal Justice Topic: Current Issues3
3700:483Constitutional Problems in Criminal Justice3
Electives in Sociology
3850:310Social Problems3
3850:324Social Movements3
3850:350Drugs in Society3
3850:360Social Effects of Crime in the Media3
3850:415Women in Prison3
3850:416Women and Crime3
3850:421Race & Ethnic Relations3
3850:428Victim in Society3
3850:430Juvenile Delinquency3
3850:431Theories and Practices of Correctional Systems3
3850:433Sociology of Deviant Behavior3
3850:441Sociology of Law3
3850:450Sociology of Mental Illness3
3850:455Family Violence3

Recommended Sequence


Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
3700:100 Government & Politics in the United States 3 3
3800:100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Speaking Requirement 3
English Composition I 1 3
Math Requirement 2 3-4
Spring Semester
3800:102 Principles of Criminal Law 3
3850:100 Introduction to Sociology 3 3
English Composition II 1 3
Natural Science w/ lab Requirement 4
Arts/Humanities Requirement 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
3800:103 Introduction to Corrections 3
3800:105 Introduction to Police Studies 3
Social Research Design
or Introduction to Political Research
Natural Science Requirement 3
Arts/Humanities Requirement 3
Spring Semester
Data Analysis
or Policy Problems in Political Science
or Advanced Topics in Research Methods
3850:320 Social Inequalities 3
Humanities/Arts Requirement 3
Open Elective 4 3
Open Elective 4 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
3850:330 Criminology 3
Concentration Requirement 5 3
Concentration Elective 5 3
Open Elective 4 3
Open Elective 4 3
Spring Semester
3700:361 Politics of the Criminal Justice System 3
Global Diversity Requirement 3
Concentration Requirement 5 3
Concentration Elective 5 3
Open Elective 4 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
Concentration Requirement/Elective 5 3
Foreign Culture Requirement 6 3
Critical Thinking Requirement 3
Open Elective 4 3
Spring Semester
3700:395 Internship in Government & Politics 3-9
Concentration Elective 5 3
Foreign Culture Requirement 6 3
Open Elective 4 3
 Total Hours115-122