Criminal Justice B.A.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: Sarah Goodrum Ph.D., Chair

Location: Candelaria 2285

Telephone: 970.351.2186

Fax: 970.351.1527


Advising Information:

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

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login;; 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


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


CRJ 220Policing Systems


CRJ 230Judicial Process


CRJ 240Correctional Systems


CRJ 260Introduction to Crime Theories


CRJ 350Victim Studies


CRJ 360Theories of Crime


CRJ 380Justice Research and Statistics I


CRJ 470Justice Professionalism and Ethics


CRJ 475Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Social Class in Criminal Justice


CRJ 480Justice Research and Statistics II


LIB 160Criminal Justice Library Research


Choose six credits from the following courses:

Other 300-level or above courses from departments such as Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Geography, Human Services, Anthropology, and foreign languages may also be used to fulfill elective requirements, upon advisor’s approval.


CRJ 325Problem-Oriented Policing


CRJ 332The Sentencing Process


CRJ 335Juvenile Justice


CRJ 352Domestic Violence Victims & Offenders


CRJ 362Criminal Profiling


CRJ 395Topics in Criminal Justice


CRJ 402Death Investigation


CRJ 403Crime Scene Investigation


CRJ 404Evidentiary Photography


CRJ 405Bloodstain Pattern Analysis


CRJ 408Workshop


CRJ 410Comparative Justice Systems


CRJ 422Directed Studies


CRJ 492Internship


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.