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.
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 1080, 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 124 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  year of criminal justice experience. To be approved for registration, the following criteria must be met:
Concentration with Bundled Electives -
12 semester hours: There are currently four concentrations for undergraduates majoring in criminal justice. Complete one of the following:
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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