Undergraduate Degree - Criminal Justice

Program:
Criminal Justice
Program Code:
4320 Criminal Justice
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
WQ75
Department:
School of Criminal Justice
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


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 certification.

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

  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

 


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Criminal Justice, BA (4320)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Criminal Justice - Prerequisites
Major - Criminal Justice - Prerequisites: 4 courses from CJ110, CJ220, CJ275, CJ292

Requirement 12: Major - Criminal Justice - Core
Major - Criminal Justice - Core: 6 credits from CJ335, CJ365, CJ355, CJ385

Requirement 13: Major - Criminal Justice - Tier II Writing
Major - Criminal Justice - Tier II Writing: 1 course from CJ424, CJ427, CJ430, CJ445, CJ465, CJ485, CJ426

Requirement 14: Major - Criminal Justice - Electives
Major - Criminal Justice - Electives: 9 credits from CJ210, CJ235, CJ400H, CJ422, CJ424, CJ425, CJ426, CJ427, CJ429, CJ430, CJ432, CJ433, CJ434, CJ439, CJ445, CJ465, CJ466, CJ471, CJ474, CJ485, CJ490, CJ491, CJ473
Conditions:
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.
Conditions:
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.