Criminal Justice (BS)

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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 (or CJ 201 or CJ 202)
Introduction to Social Statistics

*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 43
CJ 201Law Enforcement in the United States 43
CJ 202Corrections in the United States 43
CJ 305Criminal Behavior3
CJ 306Criminal Procedure3
CJ 325Research Design3
CJ 326Introduction to Social Statistics 43
CJ 360Juvenile Justice3
CJ 395Criminal Law and Evidence3
CJ 485Seminar in Criminal Justice 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 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
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
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
Honors Thesis
Crime and Criminal Justice in the Cinema
International Terrorism
Crime Analysis
Managing Conflict, Change and Justice
Juvenile Justice Issues
Gangs in America
Domestic and Family Violence
Capital Punishment
White Collar Crime
Serial & Mass Murder
Race and Gender Issues in Criminal Justice
Intro to Homeland Security
Covert Operations in Policing
Managing Organizational Performance
Trauma Informed 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
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
Communication and Gender
Mass Media Processes and Effects
Introduction to Urban Communication
Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Mass Communication Law
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
Legal Lynchings: A Survey of Race, Law, and the American Justice System
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
Race and Economics
Civil Rights and the Law I
Civil Rights and the Law II
Racism and Sexism
The Black Power Movement
Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation
Mediation & Conflict Transformation
Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation
Basic Mediation & 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
Gender, Sexuality & Law
Civil Rights and the Law II
Public Administration
Public Policy
African-American Politics
International Law
American Foreign Policy
POLS 337
National and International Security: Issues and Policies
Terrorism
Brain and Behavior
Life Span Developmental Psychology
Foundations of Psychopathology
Psychology of Diversity
Social Psychology
Personality
Drugs and Behavior
Multicultural Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Topics in Social Change: Social Sciences
Topics in Social Change: Social Sciences
Hip-Hop and Social Movements
Modern American Social Movements
Globalizing Inequalities
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
Managing Conflict, Change and Justice
U.S. Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century
Critical Social Theory
Urban Sociology
Social Theory
Diversity and Inequality
Sociology of Families
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Motherhood and the Law
Black Women and the Criminology System
Mental Health and Illness
Sexual Assault and the Legal System
Domestic Violence
Sex, Gender and Culture
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
Gender, Sexuality & Law
Motherhood and the Law
Racism and Sexism
Sexual Assault and the Legal System
Domestic Violence
U.S. Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century
1

Completion of the second semester of a single foreign language; hours will vary depending on language taken

2

In addition to courses counted toward General Education

3

May be incorporated into other degree requirements

4

Fulfills General Education requirement.

5

Fulfills 3 hours of the 6 hour 300+ WR requirement.

6

Criminal Justice electives must be from approved departmental list at the 300 level or above. A minimum of 15 hours must be in Criminal Justice, but may not exceed 30 hours

7

Students who satisfy General Education Requirements by courses defined by the program will require additional electives to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

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 3
CJ 200 Crime and Justice in the United States 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 3
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing 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 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 Introduction to Social Statistics 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) 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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Flight Planner
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