Criminal Justice (B.S.) – School of Professional Studies
Criminal justice is the scientific study of criminal behavior and society’s response to it. The Criminal Justice Major offers a curriculum focused upon the role of criminal justice within the broader concept of social justice in a multi-cultural, industrialized democracy. Specialized areas of study include the Administration of Justice, Criminal Law, the Principles of Correctional Operations, Juvenile Justice, Criminal Procedure, Law Enforcement, Criminological Theory, and Security Studies. The program prepares the student for a wide variety of careers in Criminal Justice, and for graduate study in Criminal Justice and related fields. It also lays the foundation for success as a criminal justice professional and as a citizen through an understanding of the integration of liberal, interdisciplinary learning with the needs of criminal justice in the 21st Century, and develops the student’s analytical and communications skills in research and writing methods for Criminal Justice professionals.
The curriculum guides the student through the historical, theoretical and practical aspects of the discipline and incorporates discussion of current issues in the field of criminal justice and challenges the student to analyze and evaluate the performance of the criminal justice system in deterring crime, protecting the public, and fostering a just society. The program also exposes the student to select specialized courses in Law and Judicial Administration, Law Enforcement, Corrections, Criminological Theory, Juvenile Justice, Forensics, and Intelligence. The curriculum has been designed in accordance with current SPS standards as well as the related professional certification standards of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS).
Forty-five (45) credits of course work are required for the Criminal Justice major involving thirty-six (36) credits of required core course work and nine (9) credits of required concentration course work. The concentration course work need not be in the same concentration, but must include at least one 400-level concentration course. CRJ 100 is considered a Prerequisite to all 300 and 400-level CRJ courses unless waived by instructor or Department Chair.
Four foundational core courses (12 Credits)
MATH 110 Introduction to StatisticsPresents the basic principles of statistics with applications to the social sciences. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability theory, normal and binomial distributi ons, and central limit theorem, with an introduction to the use of statistical software. Formerly MAT 110 Introduction to Statistics.
Prerequisites: MATH 102, MATH 108, MATH 109 or higher level mathematics course.
SSC 107 Social Science WritingIntroduces students to the basics of writing papers for social science courses. It will cover proposal writing, library research, internet research, organization of the paper, outlines, drafts, and documentation.
Eight core courses (24 Credits)
SOCY 311 Research Methods for Social ScientistsIntroduces the student to various research methods used in the social sciences. Topics include causal analysis survey, observational, and evaluating strategies; feminist methods; database management; and statistical data analysis (SPSS). Formerly SOC 342 Research Methods.
Prerequisites: SOCY 100 and MATH 110
SOCY 499 Senior SeminarServes as a capstone course that explores contemporary sociological and criminological concepts through new research and theory in the discipline. Students will contribute to class discussion through written work and oral presentations. Formerly SOC 460 Senior Seminar.
Prerequisites: Senior status in the major
CRJ 3xx or 4xx (another 300- or 400-level CRJ course)
Three concentration courses (9 Credits)
Concentrations will be offered in Law Administration, Law Enforcement, Corrections, Criminological Theory, Juvenile Justice, Forensics, Private Security and Intelligence.
Law Administration/Legal Theory (9 Credits)
Law Enforcement (9 Credits)
Corrections (9 Credits)
Criminological Theory (9 Credits)
Juvenile Justice (9 Credits)
Forensics (9 Credits)
PSYC 323 Forensic PsychologyIntroduces students to psychological issues in the area of criminal justice, including the topics of juvenile delinquency, mental illness and criminal responsibility, and rehabilitation of offenders. Psychological theories and research on the causes of criminal behavior and the role of the psychologist in the criminal justice system are presented. Formerly PSY 333 and PSYC 323 Criminal and Forensic Psychology.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and 3 additional Psychology credits at the 200 level
Intelligence and Security Studies (9 Credits)
Credits earned through AP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the Criminal Justice major.
Credits earned through CLEP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the Criminal Justice major.
Grades in Major Courses:
Students are required to earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses counted to fulfill requirements for the major. In addition, students must achieve a passing grade on the Senior Comprehensive portfolio.
Courses fulfilling major requirements may not be taken pass/no pass.
Students applying for credit in experiential learning should consult with the program faculty.
Credits in courses equivalent to those required for the major from a similar institution may be accepted toward a major. Students majoring in Criminal Justice must take a minimum of four criminal justice courses at Trinity.