Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Undergraduate Programs


Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in criminal justice is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in public and private agencies identified with criminal justice administration.  Such agencies apprehend offenders, adjudicate alleged offenses, redirect emergent criminal careers, and promote industrial and commercial security.  Such agencies also encourage and emphasize community responsibility for the success of their programs.

The bachelor's program in criminal justice provides a basic orientation to the institutions and processes of criminal justice and offers students wide exposure to all of the major disciplines of the criminal justice system.  The program promotes general knowledge through core and social science courses.  It provides students with the opportunity to pursue interests in the following areas:  juvenile justice, police administration, adult corrections, and security.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice

  1. The requirements of the University as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Criminal Justice major is met by completing one of the following courses: Criminal Justice 424, 426, 427, 430, 445, 465, or 485.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. (3) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
                   
    a. The following courses in the School of Criminal Justice (30 credits):  
      (1) All of the following Prerequisite Courses (12 credits):  
        CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
        CJ 220 Criminology 3
        CJ 275 Criminal Procedure 3
        CJ 292 Methods of Criminal Justice Research 3
      (2) Two of the following courses (6 credits):  
        CJ 335 Policing 3
        CJ 365 Corrections 3
        CJ 355 Juvenile Justice 3
        CJ 385 Private Security 3
      (3) Twelve credits from the following courses including 3 credits in Criminal Justice 424, 427, 430, 445, 465, or 485. At least 9 credits must be at the 400-level.  
        CJ 210 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
        CJ 235 Investigation Procedures 3
        CJ 400H Honors Study 1 to 3
        CJ 422 Comparative and Historical Criminal Justice 3
        CJ 424 Crime, Mass Media, and Society (W) 3
        CJ 425 Women and Criminal Justice 3
        CJ 426 Violence Against Women (W) 3
        CJ 427 Criminology and Public Policy (W) 3
        CJ 429 Interdisciplinary Topics in Cybersecurity 3
        CJ 430 Advanced Seminar in Policing (W) 3
        CJ 432 Community Policing 3
        CJ 433 Law Enforcement Intelligence Operations 3
        CJ 434 Police Administration 3
        CJ 439 Homeland Security 3
        CJ 445 Cyber-Crime and Cyber-Security (W) 3
        CJ 465 Critical Issues in Corrections (W) 3
        CJ 466 Corrections Organizations and Systems 3
        CJ 471 Law of Corrections 3
        CJ 473 Comparative Constitutional Law 3
        CJ 474 Law and Criminal Justice Policy 3
        CJ 485 Critical Issues in Private Security 3
        CJ 490 Independent Study 1 to 3
        CJ 491 Topics in Criminal Justice 2 to 4

 


Minor in Law, Justice and Public Policy

The Minor in Law, Justice and Public Policy, administered by the School of Criminal Justice, enhances the education and training of students who anticipate entering fields that require multidisciplinary approaches to advanced research, professional practice, or policymaking related to law. 

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs in the College of Social Science. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements of the minor should consult their major undergraduate advisor in the College of Social Science.

Requirements for the Minor in Law, Justice and Public Policy

Complete 15 credits from the following:

1. The following course (3 credits):
CJ 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
CJ 220 Criminology 3
EC 425 Law and Economics (W) 3
HDFS 448 Child and Family Policy 3
HST 318B United States Constitutional History from 1877 3
PLS 321 Constitutional Law 3
SOC 131 Social Problems 3
3. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
CSUS 465 Environmental and Natural Resource Law 3
ENG 473B Law and Literature 3
GBL 323 Introduction to Business Law 3
IBIO 446 Environmental Issues and Public Policy 3
JRN 430 News Media Law and Ethics 3
PHL 354 Philosophy of Law 3
4. The following capstone course (3 credits):
PLS 320 Judicial Politics 3



 

Minor in Security Management

The complexities of modern society have combined to generate a variety of threats to business organizations, information networks, government installations and operations, and individuals.  The Minor in Security Management is designed for students who are interested in private and government security.

The minor, which is administered by the School of Criminal Justice, is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University.  The minor should be of particular interest to students who are enrolled in certain programs in the Eli Broad College of Business and the College of Social Science, and to students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree program in Computer Science.

The Minor in Security Management is designed to help students to understand:

  1. The business and technical aspects of protecting private and government assets.
  2. The administrative, management, technical, and legal problems of asset protection and loss prevention.
  3. Concepts related to protecting personal and personnel rights, proprietary information, facilities, and other assets of an organization.
  4. Security's relationship to the value of freedom and democratic principles in our society.

With the approval of the department or school and college that administer the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree.

Requirements for the Minor in Security Management

The student must complete:

1. All of the following courses (12 credits):  
  ACC 230 Survey of Accounting Concepts 3
  CJ 235 Investigative Procedures 3
  CJ 385 Private Security 3
  CJ 485 Critical Issues in Private Security (W) 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  CJ 429 Interdisciplinary Topics in Cyber Security 3
  CJ 445 Cyber-Crime and Cyber-Security (W) 3
3. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  CSE 101 Computing Concepts and Competencies 3
  FI 320 Introduction to Finance 3
  MGT 325 Management Skills and Processes 3
  MKT 327 Introduction to Marketing 3