Criminal Justice (BS)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2020–Spring 2021 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department:  Criminal Justice
Academic Plan Code(s): JA_ _BS, JA_ _BS_O

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 130
Supporting Courses45-47
Minimum Total Hours121

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


Accelerated BS-MS in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice majors who are considering pursuing a master's degree (MS) in Criminal Justice can speed up the process by applying some of their undergraduate credit hours toward a master's degree.  Students accepted into the Accelerated BS-MS program take three graduate courses (9 credit hours) as an undergraduate that apply toward both the bachelor’s degree and the eventual master’s degree.

Interested students should apply to the program during their Junior year (i.e., when they have accumulated 60-90 hours of credit). Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.

The accelerated program is not available for completion by online-only students.

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 website.


Accelerated BS-MS in Criminal Justice

Students apply during the first or second semester of their Junior year (usually when they have earned between 60-75 hours), and must have a 3.0 GPA at the time of application.

Applicants must submit the following to the Department of Criminal Justice:

  • An application to the Accelerated MS CJ degree program, available in the Department of Criminal Justice, Brigman Hall 205 or online at: louisville.edu/justice
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant's academic capabilities
  • An original essay identifying the applicant's background, professional interest and goals and the applicant's motivation and potential for graduate work.

Upon approval, the successful applicant will be required to submit an application to the Graduate School.

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 First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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 Justice - Required Core Courses
CJ 200Crime and Justice in the United States - SB 43
CJ 201Law Enforcement in the United States - SB 43
CJ 202Corrections in the United States - SB 43
CJ 305Criminal Behavior3
CJ 306Criminal Procedure3
CJ 325Research Design3
CJ 326Quantitative Analysis - QR 43
CJ 360Juvenile Justice3
CJ 395Criminal Law and Evidence3
CJ 485Seminar in Criminal Justice - WR, CUE 53
Minimum Total Hours30
Supporting Courses
Criminal Justice Electives (see approved list below) 624
Minimum Free Electives 721-23
Minimum Total Hours for Graduation121
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Seminar in Criminal Justice - WR, CUE 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
Social and Restorative Justice
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 - WR
Human Trafficking: Critical Thinking About Modern-Day Slavery
Computer and Electronic Crime
Internship
Correctional Treatment and Rehabilitation
Police Administration
Legal Issues in Police Administration
Organizational Behavior in Law Enforcement
Police and the Community
Independent Study/Directed Readings
Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Honors Seminar
Honors Seminar - WR
Honors Thesis - WR
Crime and Criminal Justice in the Cinema
International Terrorism
Crime Analysis
Juvenile Justice Issues
Gangs in America
Domestic and Family Violence
Capital Punishment - WR
White Collar Crime - WR
Serial & Mass Murder
Race and Gender Issues in Criminal Justice - WR
Intro to Homeland Security
Covert Operations in Policing
Managing Organizational Performance
Criminal Justice Leadership - WR
International Service Learning: Criminal Justice Seminar
Seminar in Criminal Justice
Ethics in Criminal Justice - WR
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
The Human Skeleton
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 - WR
Communication and Gender
Mass Media Processes and Effects
Advanced Organizational Communication - WR
Economic Geography
Urban Geography
Population Geography
Introduction to Mapping and Geospatial Technologies
Introduction to Spatial Statistics
Sustainable Human Environments - WR
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 - SB, D1
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
Constitutional Law
Constitutional Law
Judicial Politics
Race, Law and Politics - SB, D1
Civil Rights and the Law II
Public Administration
Public Policy
African-American Politics - SB, D1
International Law - WR
American Foreign Policy
Law, Diplomacy and Power
National and International Security: Issues and Policies
Terrorism
Life Span Developmental Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Social Psychology
Personality
Drugs and Behavior
Multicultural Psychology - WR
Forensic Psychology
Psych of Trauma - CUE, WR
Topics in Social Change: Social Sciences
Hip-Hop and Social Movements - WR
Globalizing Inequalities - WR
Social and Restorative Justice
Lectures in Social Change
Social Change Community Internship
Social Change
Advanced Topics in Social Change: Social Sciences
Advanced Topics in Social Change: Social Sciences - WR
U.S. Social Justice Movements
Critical Social Theory
Urban Sociology
Social Theory - WR
Diversity and Inequality
Sociology of Families
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Race and Ethnicity - WR, CUE
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 First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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 Education: Cardinal Core U.S. Diversity - D1 3
 Hours16
Spring
CJ 201 Law Enforcement in the United States - SB 3
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences with Lab - S & SL or B 4
Foreign Language (students who take 3 credits will require additional elective credits) 3-4
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
CJ 202 Corrections in the United States - SB 3
CJ 305 Criminal Behavior 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences 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 Education: Cardinal Core Global Diversity - D2 3
General Free Elective 3
300+ 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
300+ Humanities or Natural Science Elective 3
300+ WR Course 3
 Hours15
Spring
CJ 395 Criminal Law and Evidence 3
Criminal Justice Elective 3
Criminal Justice Elective 3
Criminal Justice Elective 3
General Free 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 Free Elective 3
General Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
CJ 485 Seminar in Criminal Justice - WR, CUE (WR, CUE) 3
Criminal Justice or Program Approved Elective 3
General Free Elective 3
General Free Elective 3
General Free Elective (if needed) 2
 Hours14
 Minimum Total Hours121

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