Criminal Justice

 

Criminal Justice Program Requirements

The interdisciplinary major in Criminal Justice, offered by the Division of Social Sciences, is designed to provide students with a series of academic courses and related experiences appropriate for career interests in the following areas: probation and parole, law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts and corrections. The sequence of courses will enable students to understand the psychological, sociological, and political factors underlying criminal, delinquent, asocial and anti-social behavior. A seminar at the senior level provides an integration of material regarding issues within the major areas of the criminal justice system.

The criminal justice major is also intended to provide students with academic preparation for graduate school in criminal justice or law and/or help prepare the student academically to become a practitioner in the criminal justice system. In order to “bridge” the transition from University to the world of work within the criminal justice system, students are strongly encouraged (optional) to complete a field experience (internship) in an area pertaining to their career aspirations. There are a variety of internship opportunities in the areas of local law enforcement, federal law enforcement, juvenile justice, probation and courts/law. Students should be aware that opportunities may vary from year to year; also, some internships are competitive in nature and require substantial lead time in terms of the application process.

The program in criminal justice is designed as both a four-year major and as an affiliated
program for students transferring from community colleges. Students transferring to
Baldwin Wallace after completion of the A.A.S. (Associates of Applied Science) degree in law enforcement, criminal justice or police science will be awarded up to 62 semester hours of transfer credit as Criminal Justice majors if the A.A.S. degree is from Cuyahoga Community College or Lakeland Community College. A.A.S. degrees from other institutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Direct all questions related to the major in Criminal Justice to Dr. Louis San Marco, Director of the Criminal Justice Program, in the Department of Sociology.

 

Criminal Justice Major

Computer Code: CRJS

 Minimum credits required: 51 to 55 (including prerequisite courses as indicated)

Prerequisites:

PSY 100, POL 101D, and SOC 100D are required of all Criminal Justice majors.

These courses are to be completed before taking other required courses in that department as indicated below. (* = Requires prerequisite course)


Criminal Justice core: 25-26 hours required

CRJ

165

Overview of the CRJ System

4 credits

POL/CRJ

207

Introduction to Law

3 credits

CRJ/SOC

223

Juvenile Delinquency & the Juvenile Justice System

3 credits

CRJ/SOC

265

Policing in Society

3 credits

SOC/CRJ

313

Criminology

3 credits*

CRJ/SOC

361

Corrections

3 credits

CRJ

464

Integrative Seminar In Criminal Justice

3 credits

 

 

 

 

Select one of the following:

SOC/CRJ

320

Victimology

3 credits*

CRJ

255

Forensic Science and Criminalistics

4 credits*

CRJ

256

Criminal Investigations

3 credits*


Psychology: 9-11 hours required

PSY

100

Principles of Psychological Science

3 credits


Select two of the following:

PSY

205

Developmental Psychology

3 credits*

PSY

302

Abnormal Psychology

4 credits*

PSY

316D

Child Psychopathology

3 credits

PSY

325

Adolescent Development

4 credits*

PSY

339

Social Psychology

4 credits*


Political Science: 7 hours required

POL

101D

US Government and Politics

4 credits

Select one of the following:

POL

303

Public Administration

3 credits

POL

304D

Urban Politics

3 credits

POL

306

Judicial Process

3 credits

POL

309

Criminal Law and the Constitution

3 credits


Sociology: 7 hours required

SOC

100D

Principles of Sociology

4 credits

Select one of the following:

SOC

206

Crime in Organizations

3 credits

SOC/CRJ

270I

Terrorism: Roots and Responses

3 credits

SOC

317

Sociology of Deviance

3 credits

SOC

365

Perspectives on Violence

3 credits*


Statistics: 3-4 hours required

Select one of the following:

MTH

135

Introduction to Probability & Statistics

3 credits

ECN

279

Elements of Statistics

4 credits

PSY

278

Elements of Statistics

4 credits


IMPORTANT NOTE regarding D grades in the CRJ interdisciplinary major:
Students should also be aware that they cannot have more than 4 credit hours of “D” in the CRJ interdisciplinary major (including prerequisites PSY 100, POL 101D, SOC 100D). If you must repeat a course under those circumstances, you will not be given duplicate credit for the same course. (Note: PSY 278 and ECN 279 are equivalent courses.) If a student has more than one “D” in the CRJ interdisciplinary major, he/she should consider whether to remain in the CRJ major.

Strongly recommended courses for students planning to go on to graduate school or enter the area of Criminal Justice Planning:

SOC

280

Research Methods

4 credits*

OR

 

 

 

PSY

280

Research Methods

3 credits*

PSY

281

Thesis in Psychology

3 credits*

CRJ Elective for all CRJ majors:

CRJ

050

Independent Study (must have 3.0 GPA or above)

 

Strongly recommended for all CRJ majors:

CRJ

070

Criminal Justice Internship

 

           


Criminal Justice Minor

Minimum credits required: 19 to 20 (including prerequisite courses as indicated)

Required courses:

CRJ

165

Overview of the Criminal Justice System

4 credits

CRJ/SOC

223

Juvenile Delinquency & the Juvenile Justice System

3 credits

CRJ/SOC

265

Policing in Society

3 credits

SOC/CRJ

313

Criminology

3 credits*

CRJ/SOC

361

Corrections

3 credits


Select one of the following courses:

POL

306

Judicial Process

3 credits*

POL

309

Criminal Law and the Constitution

3 credits*

PSY

302

Abnormal Psychology

4 credits*

SOC

206

Crime in Organizations

3 credits

SOC

270I

Terrorism: Roots and Responses

3 credits

CRJ

464

Integrative Seminar in Criminal Justice
(with permission of the CRJ program director)

3 credits*


Forensic Science Minor

Minimum credits required: 35 (including prerequisite courses as indicated)

Required courses:

BIO

121L

Principles of Biology I

4 credits

BIO

122L

Principles of Biology II

4 credits

CHM

111/111L

General Chemistry I and Lab

4.5 credits

CHM

112/112L

General Chemistry II and Lab

4.5 credits*

CRJ

165

Overview of the Criminal Justice System

4 credits

CRJ

255

Forensic Science and Criminalistics

4 credits*

CRJ

256

Criminal Investigations

3 credits*

POL

309

Criminal Law and the Constitution

3 credits*


Select two of the following courses:

MTH

135

Introduction to Probability and Statistics

3 credits

ECN

279

Elements of Statistics

3 credits*

OR

 

 

PSY

278

Elements of Statistics

PHY

145L

Applied College Physics I

5 credits

OR

 

 

PHY

131/151L

General Physics I and Lab

PHY

146L

Applied College Physics II

5 credits*

OR

 

 

PHY

132/152L

General Physics II and Lab

PSY

100

Principles of Psychological Science

3 credits

PSY

302

Abnormal Psychology

4 credits*

SOC

100D

Principles of Sociology

4 credits

POL/CRJ

207

Introduction to Law

3 credits

SOC/CRJ

313

Criminology

3 credits*

BIO

203L

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4 credits

BIO

211

Genetics

4 credits*

BIO

330

Gross Anatomy

4 credits*

BIO

334

Invertebrate Natural History

4 credits*

BIO

336

Molecular Biology

4 credits*

BIO

405

(when offered as) Facial Anatomy and Reconstruction

3 credits*

CHM

221

Quantitative Analysis

3 credits*

CHM

311/311L

Biochemistry and Lab

4 credits*

CHM

321/321L

Instrumental Analysis and Lab

4 credits*

CSC

131

Computer Application Software

2 credits

ART

222F

Introduction to Photography

2 credits

BUS

378

Principles of Fraud Examination

3 credits

GEO

111L

The Dynamic Earth

4 credits

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