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2018-2019 Academic Catalog | Criminal Justice (B.A.) – SPS

Criminal Justice (B.A.)

This undergraduate program is offered by the School of Professional Studies.


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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).

Major Requirements

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. CJUS 100 is considered a Prerequisite to all 300 and 400-level CJUS courses unless waived by instructor or Department Chair.

Four foundational core courses (12 Credits)

CJUS 100
CJUS 101
MATH 110
SSC 207

Eight core courses (24 Credits)

CJUS 200
CJUS 205
CJUS 206
CJUS 307
CJUS 309
SOCY 311
CJUS 498
CJUS 492 OR another 300 or 400 level CJUS course

Three concentration courses (9 Credits)

Concentrations will be offered in Law Administration, Law Enforcement, Corrections, Criminological Theory, Juvenile Justice, Forensics, Intelligence and Security Studies.

Law Administration/Legal Theory (9 Credits)

CJUS 341
CJUS 344
CJUS 444

Law Enforcement (9 Credits)

CJUS 306
CJUS 366
CJUS 381

Corrections (9 Credits)

CJUS 351
CJUS 377
CJUS 410

Criminological Theory (9 Credits)

CJUS 377
CJUS 303
CJUS 410

Juvenile Justice (9 Credits)

CJUS 377
PSYC 402
CJUS 471

Forensics (9 Credits)

BIOL 220
PSYC 323
CHEM 350 and CHEM 351
PSYC 402

Intelligence and Security Studies (9 Credits)

CJUS 381
CJUS 388
CJUS 410

Seniors may be allowed to take graduate courses in the International Security Studies (ISS) program, offered through the School of Business and Graduate Studies, with the permission of relative administrative personnel. Example courses could include: ISS 501, ISS 511 or ISS 521.

Program Policies

Advanced Placement:
Credits earned through AP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the Criminal Justice major.

CLEP Policy:
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.

Pass/No Pass:
Courses fulfilling major requirements may not be taken pass/no pass.

TELL Policy:
Students applying for credit in experiential learning should consult with the program faculty.

Transfer Credits:
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.

Course Descriptions

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