BA Criminology & Criminal Justice

Criminology and criminal justice studies are two different but overlapping academic fields. Criminology is the scientific study of the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of crime as well as responses to crime. Criminal justice science is the study of official responses to crime, namely in the areas of law, policing, courts, corrections, and treatment and advocacy. Our BA in CCJ program is designed to teach the knowledge and skills needed to be proficient in both fields. Students should finish the program prepared to enter a wide range of criminology and criminal justice-related occupations.

The major requires 6 core courses and 6 electives. The following courses must be completed one after another:

1) CCJ 2610 Essentials of Criminal Justice

2) CCJ 3680 Criminology

3) SOC 3010 Research Methods

4) SOC 3020 Data Analysis

5) CCJ 4820 Senior Seminar

A grade of C- or better must be earned in each of the core classes leading up to senior seminar. Students must also complete CCJ 4920 Internship after becoming a senior (earned 90+ credits).

NOTE: Completing the CCJ core also completes part of the university’s writing and technology intensive course requirements. CCJ 3680, SOC 3010, and CCJ 4820 are Writing Intensive courses. SOC 3010 and SOC 3020 are Technology Intensive courses.

For more information about the program, see the catalog here.