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Criminal Justice

Gain insights about the justice system or begin your career in criminal justice.

The criminal justice major provides a broad understanding of criminal justice principles and issues in the framework of contemporary society. The program equips students with the breadth of knowledge expected of a liberal arts education. Students majoring in criminal justice will be prepared to work in entry-level positions in law enforcement, courts or corrections agencies at the local, state or federal levels or to continue their studies at the graduate level.


What Our Program Offers You

What our students learn/Skills you will acquire

The Criminal Justice minor provides you with an introductory understanding of criminal justice principles and issues in the framework of contemporary society. You’ll learn how to analyze crime as well as choose from a wide selection of elective courses to round out your knowledge. Topics include drugs and crime, terrorism, homicide, organized crime and white-collar crime. Our criminal justice elective courses vary from year to year. Past topics have included “Crime, Movies and Television,” “Crime Mapping,” “ Digital Crime” and “Crime in Virginia.”

What kind of issues/problems does this major prepare you to solve?

While criminal justice has been glamorized in its portrayal by popular culture, a minor can prepare you to work entry-level positions in law enforcement, courts or corrections agencies at the local, state or federal levels.

Course Requirements

The Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice requires 39 credit hours. This is obtained by taking 9 required courses and the student’s choice of 4 elective courses. Each course provides 3 credit hours.

The required courses are:

CJ201 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CJ220 Crime and its Analysis
CJ305 Criminal Theory
CJ321 Policing and Law Enforcement
CJ322 Courts
CJ323 Corrections
CJ343 Law for the Criminal Justice Professional
CJ350 Criminological Research Methods
CJ477 Issues in Administration of Justice

The elective courses are:

CJ261 Juvenile Delinquency
CJ295 Topics in Criminal Justice
CJ335 Women and Crime
CJ360 Criminal Procedure
CJ370 Drugs and Crime
CJ371 White-Collar Crime
CJ372 Organized Crime
CJ373 Terrorism
CJ374 Homicide
CJ390 History of Criminal Law
CJ401 Internship
CJ495 Topics in Criminal Justice*
CJ499 General Independent Study

*Topics courses vary from year to year. Examples of past topics courses include “Crime, Movies and Television,” “Crime Mapping,” “Digital Crime,” and “Crime in Virginia.”


Beverly Brown Schulke

Assoc Dean, College of Arts and Sciences;Assoc Prof and Chair, Criminal Justice
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Jon Gettman

Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
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