Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certiication.
College of Social Science School of Criminal Justice 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
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.
The requirements of the College of Social Science for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
The following requirements for the major:
The following courses in the School of Criminal Justice (30 credits):
All of the following Prerequisite Courses (12 credits):
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Methods of Criminal Justice Research
Two of the following courses (6 credits):
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.
Major - Criminal Justice - Electives: No more than 3 credits from CJ210, CJ235 in Requirement(s) 14
Requirement 15: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 30 credits from Criminal Justice courses to meet the requirement of at least 30 credits.
Requirement 16: College - Social Science - Social Science
College - Social Science - Social Science: 15 credits from the following departments: ANP, EC, FCE, GEO, HST, LIR, PLS, PSY, SOC, SW, UP excluding ANP202, ANP206, ANP340, and GEO203, 206, 206L.
College - Social Science - Social Science: No more than 4 credits from SSC493, SSC496 in Requirement(s) 16
Requirement 17: College - Social Science - Arts and Letters
College - Social Science - Arts and Letters: 9 credits from Approved courses from the College of Arts & Letters. A department or school may require its major to complete specific courses or particular subject matter areas.
Requirement 18: College - Social Science - Natural Science
College - Social Science - Natural Science: 6 credits from approved College of Natural Science courses.
Requirement 19: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.
Requirement 20: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.
Requirement 21: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.