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Criminal Justice (Undergraduate) Program Guide

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Program Description

The Department of Criminal Justice offers courses leading to both Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Criminal Justice. Curriculum and practice experiences are designed to help develop students and practitioners with critical and analytical skills to promote the administration of justice and crime prevention and control in a diverse and global society. The undergraduate curriculum is designed to provide students with an understanding of the criminal justice system, its agencies, personnel, and historical foundation. The Department seeks to educate traditional students as well as promote workforce development by targeting persons currently working in the criminal justice field. Students who major in criminal justice have many opportunities to further their personal and professional development.

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Any student who plans to major in Criminal Justice must meet the following requirements before being admitted to the Department:

1. Complete at least 18 credit hours of course  work with a grade of “C” or higher as follow: ENG 1110, ENG 1210, MATH 1100, SOCI 2100, PSY 2100, CRJU 2250.
2. Have an overall Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher.

Major Course Requirements

Students are required to complete all courses specified in the General Education Curriculum.  To graduate, students are required to complete a minimum of 125 semester hours with an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0.   In addition, students are required to receive a grade of “C” or higher in the Criminal Justice Core Curriculum and courses in one of the Criminal Justice Concentrations. The last 30 semester hours must be completed at NCCU.

Criminal Justice Core Curriculum -
35 semester hours CRJU 2250, 2350, 2450, 2650, 3000, 3060, 4060, 4061, 4110, 4111, 4510, and  4600. 
CRJU 4000 (a practicum course) is required of all criminal justice majors who do not have a minimum of one [1] year of criminal justice experience.  To be approved for registration, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Students must have earned a minimum of 75 credit hours at the time of registration. 
  2. Student must complete the Field Placement Application and meet with the instructor who has to sign off before the student can enroll in the course. 
  3. Submission of the application is required a semester prior to enrollment. 

Concentration with Bundled Electives -
12 semester hours: There are currently four concentrations for undergraduates majoring in criminal justice. Complete one of the following:

  • Law Enforcement: CRJU 2500, 4150, 4250, 4630.  Emphasizes theoretical and practical issues related to law enforcement. Coursework focuses on the history of law enforcement, investigative techniques, management, constitutional rights, public policy, comparative law enforcement and contemporary issues. Possible careers include police officer, deputy sheriff, state and federal law enforcement, private security, law school.
  • Corrections: CRJU 2470, 2510, 4160, 4620. Emphasizes theoretical and practical issues related to corrections. Coursework focuses on the history of corrections, administration, community corrections, counseling and management in prisons and jails, comparative corrections and contemporary issues. Possible careers include corrections officer, case management, probation and parole officers.
  • Homeland Security: HLS 3000, 3200, 3500, 4640.  Emphasizes theoretical and practical issues related to homeland security.  Coursework focuses on the development of homeland security, domestic and international terrorism, legal and public policy concerns connected to homeland security, emergency management and contemporary issues. Possible careers include federal law enforcement, emergency management, state and local law enforcement.
  • Juvenile Justice: SOCW 3500, SOCW 3600, CRJU 3650, CRJU 4650. Emphasizes theoretical and practical issues related to juvenile justice.  Coursework focuses on the development of the juvenile justice system and practices, constitutional rights of youthful offenders, patterns of delinquency, public policy, juvenile victims of crime, comparative juvenile justice and contemporary issues.  Possible careers include juvenile court counselors, juvenile detention staff, law school

Additional Criminal Justice Electives: Students are encouraged to take electives that are in line with their concentration, criminal justice bundled electives outside of chosen concentration or additional electives offered within the Department of Criminal Justice

Note: Students must see their designated advisor at least once each semester prior to class registration and are responsible for knowing their requirements for graduation.  Students should consider a second major consistent with their career interest.

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Contact Information

Tracy Barley

DE Coordinator

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