Criminal Justice (BS)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (JA BS)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department:  Criminal Justice

Program Information

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students for a career in the criminal justice system or for further education through a graduate program. Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department. 

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements13-15
Program/Major Requirements 175-77
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.


Accelerated BS-MS in Criminal Justice

The Accelerated BS-MS degree program in Criminal Justice is designed to allow an undergraduate student to earn graduate hours in Criminal Justice during Senior year.  Students will be allowed to earn up to 9 hours that can be applied to both their undergraduate degree (BS) and their graduate degree (MS) in Criminal Justice.

These students could enroll in a combination of the following core courses from the MS program in Criminal Justice:

  • CJ 621 The Criminal Justice System
  • CJ 643 Theories of Crime and Delinquency
  • CJ 649 Applied Statistics in Criminal Justice 
  • CJ 650 Research Methods

Students in the Accelerated BS-MS program in Criminal Justice may only apply their graduate credits earned as an undergraduate at UofL toward the degree program.

Students must apply during the first or second semester of the Junior year (usually when they have earned between 70-80 hours). Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.

Departmental Admission Requirements

There are no specific admission requirements for this degree plan. 

The application for major form can be found on the A&S Advising Center web site: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.


Accelerated BS-MS in Criminal Justice

Students apply during the first or second semester of the Junior year (usually when they have earned between 70-80 hours), and must have a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.

Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate Admissions Office:

  • A formal graduate application for admission to the School of Interdisciplinary & Graduate Studies, University of Louisville
  • Application fee
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant's academic or professional capabilities
  • Scores on the General Test Section of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • An original essay identifying the applicant's background, professional interest and goals and the applicant's motivation an potential for graduate work

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Crime and Justice in the United States - SB (or CJ 201 or CJ 202)
Quantitative Analysis - QR

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
Foreign Language 16-8
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences at 300 level or above 26
WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours13-15

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Criminal Justice30
Crime and Justice in the United States - SB 4
Law Enforcement in the United States - SB 4
Corrections in the United States - SB 4
Criminal Behavior
Criminal Procedure
Research Design
Quantitative Analysis - QR 4
Juvenile Justice
Criminal Law and Evidence
Seminar in Criminal Justice (WR, CUE) 5
Criminal Justice Electives (see approved list below) 624
Minimum Electives 721-23
Minimum Total Hours75-77
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Seminar in Criminal Justice 5

 Students must have a minimum of 50 hours at the 300 level or above.

Approved Criminal Justice Electives
A minimum 15 hours must be in Criminal Justice
Career Development and Cultural Intelligence - D1, SB
Introduction to Computer Forensics and the Analysis of Digital Media
Court Administration
Sex Crimes
Crime and the Media
Criminalistics
Crime Prevention
Private Security Management
Community Corrections
Introduction to Internet and Network Investigations
Police Administration
Criminal Court Procedures
Legal Issues in Corrections
Prisons and Jails in the United States
Crimes Against the Elderly
Crime Victims and Victimization
Substance Abuse, Crime and Criminal Justice
Computer Applications in Criminal Justice
Organized Crime
Profiling Violent Crimes
Violence in the United States: The Criminal Justice Response
Environmental Crime
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
Human Trafficking: Critical Thinking About Modern-Day Slavery
Computer and Electronic Crime
Internship
Correctional Treatment and Rehabilitation
Police Administration
Police Supervision
Police and the Community
Independent Study/Directed Readings
Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Honors Seminar
Honors Seminar
Honors Thesis
Crime and Criminal Justice in the Cinema
International Terrorism
Crime Analysis
Juvenile Justice Issues
Gangs in America
Domestic and Family Violence
Capital Punishment
White Collar Crime
Serial Murder
Race and Gender Issues in Criminal Justice
Intro to Homeland Security
Covert Operations in Policing
Criminal Justice Leadership
International Service Learning: Criminal Justice Seminar
Seminar in Criminal Justice
Ethics in Criminal Justice
Approved Program Related Electives
Students may supplement the required 15 hours of CJ electives with 9 additional hours from the CJ list above or from the list below.
Sex, Gender and Culture
Race, Culture, Identity
Fundamentals of Skeletal Forensics
Conflict, Law, and Culture
Nationalism, Violence, and the State
Human Rights
Skeletal Forensics
Argument In Everyday Life
Persuasion
Group Process
Organizational Communication
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Newswriting
Communication and Gender
Mass Media Processes and Effects
Advanced Organizational Communication
Economic Geography
Urban Geography
Population Geography
Introduction to Mapping and Geospatial Technologies
Introduction to Spatial Statistics
Sustainable Human Environments
Applications Development for GIS
Honors approved social science seminars
Urban Ritual Violence
The History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1900 to Present
Politics, Political Violence and Black Resistance
Politics of Black Male Identity in Post-Modern America
Black Political Thought: Africa to Afrocentricity
Politics of the Black Community - D1, SB
Race and Economics
Civil Rights and the Law I
Civil Rights and the Law II
Racism and Sexism - D1, SB
The Black Power Movement
Family Law
Torts for Paralegals
Computers and the Law
Litigation
Criminal Litigation
Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation
Mediation & Conflict Transformation
Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation
Service Learning in Peacebuilding
Urban Political Economy
Comparative Urban Politics
Urban Politics
State Government
American Constitutional Law
American Constitutional Law
Judicial Politics
Race, Law and Politics - D1, SB
Civil Rights and the Law II
Public Administration
Public Policy
African American Politics - D1, SB
International Law
American Foreign Policy
Law, Diplomacy and Power
National and International Security: Issues and Policies
Terrorism
Life Span Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Drugs and Behavior
Multicultural Psychology
Social Psychology
Personality
Forensic Psychology
Stress and Trauma
Urban Sociology
Social Theory
Diversity and Inequality
Sociology of Families
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Race and Ethnicity
Sex, Gender, and Culture
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
Racism and Sexism - D1, SB
U. S. Social Justice Movements

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
CJ 200 Crime and Justice in the United States - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Foreign Language (students who take 3 credits will require additional elective credits) 3-4
General Elective 3
 Hours16-17
Spring
CJ 201 Law Enforcement in the United States - SB 3
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities US Diversity - AHD1 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - B 4
Foreign Language (students who take 3 credits will require additional elective credits) 3-4
 Hours16-17
Year 2
Fall
CJ 202 Corrections in the United States - SB 3
CJ 305 Criminal Behavior 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Dviersty - AHD2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciiences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
 Hours15
Spring
CJ 306 Criminal Procedure 3
CJ 325 Research Design 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CJ 326 Quantitative Analysis - QR 3
CJ 360 Juvenile Justice 3
Criminal Justice Elective 3
Humanities or Natural Science Elective 3
WR Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
CJ 395 Criminal Law and Evidence 3
Criminal Justice Elective 3
Criminal Justice Elective 3
Criminal Justice Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Criminal Justice Elective 3
Criminal Justice or Program Approved Elective 3
Criminal Justice or Program Approved Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
CJ 485 Seminar in Criminal Justice (WR, CUE) 3
Criminal Justice or Program Approved Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective (if needed) 2
 Hours14
 Minimum Total Hours121-123

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