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

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

Foundation Requirements

Part I
POLIT:301Introduction to Political Research3
or SOCIO:301 Social Research Design
Part II
POLIT:361Politics of the Criminal Justice System3
POLIT:395Internship in Government & Politics 12-9
SOCIO:320Social Inequalities3
Part III
POLIT:401Advanced Topics in Research Methods3-6
or POLIT:480 Policy Problems in Political Science
or SOCIO:302 Data Analysis
or SOCIO:401 Advanced Topics in Research Methods
Total Hours17-27

Foreign Culture

Foreign Culture 16
Select at least six credits
Total Hours6

Concentration Requirement

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

Program Elective List

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

Recommended Sequence


Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
POLIT:100 Government & Politics in the United States 3 3
CRJU:100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Speaking Requirement 3
English Composition I 1 3
Math Requirement 2 3-4
Spring Semester
CRJU:102 Principles of Criminal Law 3
SOCIO: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
CRJU:103 Introduction to Corrections 3
CRJU: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
SOCIO:320 Social Inequalities 3
Humanities/Arts Requirement 3
Open Elective 4 3
Open Elective 4 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
SOCIO:330 Criminology 3
Concentration Requirement 5 3
Concentration Elective 5 3
Open Elective 4 3
Open Elective 4 3
Spring Semester
POLIT: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
POLIT:395 Internship in Government & Politics 2-9
Concentration Elective 5 3
Foreign Culture Requirement 6 3
Open Elective 4 3
 Total Hours114-125