Criminal Justice B.A.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Philip L. Reichel, Ph.D., Chair

Location: Candelaria 2285

Telephone: 970.351.2186

Fax: 970.351.1527

Website: www.unco.edu/criminaljustice

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The field of Criminal Justice is interdisciplinary in nature and draws theories and research methodology from disciplines such as sociology, psychology, political science, and public administration. With continuous interaction from faculty advisors, students choose courses from a variety of disciplines depending on interests and career plans. With the support and cooperation of law enforcement, community corrections, victim assistance, and other agencies, the school offers internship opportunities to qualified students seeking practical experiences to assist them in career decisions.

The faculty will educate students to be critical thinkers who can communicate their thoughts effectively in oral and written form. An important ingredient of the criminal justice program is teaching students to use ethical behavior in applying their knowledge as problems and situations change. Graduates will have a comprehensive knowledge of the criminal justice field.

All students meeting UNC admission requirements are eligible for admission to the Criminal Justice degree program. Currently enrolled UNC students changing their major from undeclared or from another major qualify for admission provided they are not on academic probation.

NOTE: Seniors, with permission from instructors, may register for 500-level courses.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • The Criminal Justice degree requires a grade of “C” or better (C- is not acceptable) for all courses (regardless of prefix) counting toward the major.
  • No more than three semester credits of internship (including field experience, practicum, etc.) from a prefix other than CRJ may be used toward the major.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 3 credits

LAC area 2 — Mathematics

STAT 150Introduction to Statistical Analysis

3

Other math classes also meet the LAC area 2 requirement but do not substitute for STAT 150 Introduction to Statistical Analysis as a required course for the B.A. in Criminal Justice.

Remaining LAC — 37 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

2. Required Major — 40 credits

Take all of the following courses:

CRJ 110Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ 220Policing Systems

3

CRJ 230Judicial Process

3

CRJ 240Correctional Systems

3

CRJ 350Victim Studies

3

CRJ 360Theories of Crime

3

CRJ 380Justice Research and Statistics I

3

CRJ 382Justice Research and Statistics II

3

CRJ 410Comparative Justice Systems

3

CRJ 470Justice Professionalism and Ethics

3

LIB 160Criminal Justice Library Research

1

Choose nine credits from the following courses: (Other electives acceptable upon advisor’s approval.)

ANT 330Forensic Anthropology

3

BACS 371Introduction to Computer Forensics

3

CRJ 362Criminal Profiling

3

CRJ 395Topics in Criminal Justice

1 - 3

CRJ 402Forensic Pathology for Law Enforcement Investigators

3

CRJ 403Crime Scene Investigation

3

CRJ 404Evidentiary Photography

3

CRJ 405Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

3

CRJ 408Workshop

1 - 3

CRJ 422Directed Studies

1 - 3

CRJ 492Internship

3 - 6

COMM 330Small Group Communication

3

COMM 341Courtroom Communication

3

GEOG 302Cartography

3

GEOG 307Geographic Information Science

3

HUSR 300Human Services Helping Skills

3

HUSR 380Rehabilitation Principles and Case Management

3

HUSR 385Working with Families in Rehabilitation

3

HUSR 397Rehabilitation of the Substance Abuser

3

HUSR 470Client Assessment

3

HUSR 475Psychiatric Rehabilitation

3

HUSR 490Career Planning & Placement

3

ID 420Legal Research and Writing

3

PSY 330Child and Adolescent Psychology

3

PSY 350Theories of Personality

3

PSY 365Psychology and the Law

3

PSY 440Cognition

3

PSY 443Motivation

3

PSY 467Psychology of Prejudice

3

SOC 324Issues in the Family

3

SOC 326Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence

3

SOC 330Sociology of Organizations

3

SOC 332Social Psychology

3

SOC 340Juvenile Delinquency

3

SOC 479The Community

3

300-400 Level Foreign Language classes - speaking skills only

3. University-Wide Credits — 40 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 40 credits.