Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice online degree program is designed for students pursuing careers in law enforcement, corrections, and juvenile and adult courts. The criminal justice major will receive instruction in administration, criminal behavior, and a variety of correctional and criminal issues.

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University Standard Core Courses (18-21 hours)

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First Year Experience

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College of Business students may take BSAD 1100 for equivalent.

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Helps students reach their educational objectives. Interactive instructional methods promote the development of critical thinking skills and positive educational values. Students 1) complete a personal assessment to enha...

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PEAW 1300 First Year Colloquium

3 credit hours

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Communication – Written

Choose 3 - 6 hours

(Select 1 set)
RHET 1311 AND RHET 1312
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RHET 1320 Honors Composition

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1311 - Prerequisite: A minimum ACT English score of 19, a minimum SAT I verbal score of 450, or RHET 0310, or RHET 0321. Practice in writing, with an emphasis on personal, expressive writing, as well as transactional wri...

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RHET 1311 Composition I

3 credit hours

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1312 - Prerequisite: RHET 1311 with a C or greater or equivalent. Those students required by state law to enroll in READ 0310 must successfully complete that course before enrolling in RHET 1312. Practice in writing, wit...

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RHET 1312 Composition II

3 credit hours

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For students with superior achievement in English. Fulfills first year composition core curriculum requirement. Admission by invitation. Three credit hours.

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RHET 1320 Honors Composition

3 credit hours

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Fine Arts

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of art, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the visual arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is required. ...

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ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art

3 credit hours

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of music, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the musical arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is require...

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MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music

3 credit hours

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A First Experience This course is designed for individuals considering majoring in theatre or dance. It serves as an introduction to the discipline, the profession, career options, and theatre as a “way of knowing.”

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THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre and Dance

3 credit hours

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Basic elements of movies, the process of movie making, and the approaches to movie aesthetics and criticism. Assignments may include viewing motion pictures at local theatres. Three credit hours.

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MCOM 2306 Introduction to Motion Pictures

3 credit hours

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Humanities

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Prerequisite: completion of the first year writing requirement. Study of selected texts reflecting various Western and non-Western literary heritages and traditions.

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ENGL 2337 World Literature

3 credit hours

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This course will examine myths from around the world, exploring how archetypal themes and motifs reflect shared moral, philosophic, and aesthetic concerns. An emphasis will be placed on how these myths are transmitted ac...

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ENGL 2339 Mythology

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Study of selected texts reflecting a variety of ethical systems from Western and non-Western literary heritages and ethical traditions. Assigned works represent several national ethical literatur...

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PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society

3 credit hours

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Social Sciences

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PSYC 2300 is recommended for College of Business students.

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Prerequisite: RHET 1311 recommended. Examines the concept of culture, cultural processes, and anthropological theories. Topics include subsistence strategies, politics, religion, gender, ethnicity, economics, marriage, s...

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ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology

3 credit hours

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Basic understanding of legal and ethical foundations of criminal justice and the major components of the criminal justice system. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number CRJU 1023)

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CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credit hours

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The wants of individuals and societies are unlimited, while the resources for satisfying these wants are limited. Consequently, choices have to be made. Economics is the science of choice. Survey of Economics introduces ...

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ECON 2301 Survey of Economics

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: MATH 1302. The theory of the individual firm in the economy, cost and price determination, income distribution, and welfare economics. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number ECON 2203)

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ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics

3 credit hours

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The nature, distribution, and development of various cultural systems as they interact with each other and with their environment. A study is made of spatial patterns in the elements of culture, including population, rel...

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GEOG 2312 Introduction to Cultural Geography

3 credit hours

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. A cross-cultural, interdisciplinary analysis of gender. Includes examination of gender identity, social roles, and cultural symbolism in politics, economics, family, health, socializa...

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GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies

3 credit hours

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Introduction to social science concepts as applied to political analysis. Analysis of individuals, groups, and society, particularly the study of social, economic, and political structures and behavior.

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POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Focuses on development of the individual in the context of physical and social environments. Topics include the scientific method and its application to the study of the individual, the relations...

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PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience

3 credit hours

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Recommended: RHET 1311. Introduction to sociological concepts. Analysis of society, particularly the study of human organization. An overview of the theories and methods utilized in the discipline is provided and will be...

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SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology

3 credit hours

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History of Civilization

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations from their beginnings to approximately AD 1600: the development of integrated political, social, economic, religious, intellectu...

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HIST 1311 History of Civilization I

3 credit hours

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Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations since approximately AD 1600: examination of the persistence of traditional civilizations and the changes in the world order due ...

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HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

3 credit hours

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U.S. History or Government

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Description, analysis, and explanation of the major political, social, economic and diplomatic events through “Reconstruction.” Special attention is devoted to the cross-cultural development of three civilizations, N...

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HIST 2311 US History to 1877

3 credit hours

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Description, analysis, and explanation of the political, social, economic and diplomatic events to the present time. Special attention is devoted to the forces of Modernity and the impact of cultural pluralism on traditi...

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HIST 2312 US History since 1877

3 credit hours

College Core Courses (14 hours)

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Science

Choose 8 hours

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A hands-on examination of the study of past and present human and nonhuman primates as biological organisms. Topics include human genetics, variation and osteology, nonhuman primate taxonomy and behavior, forensic anthro...

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ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology

3 credit hours

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1301 - Study of the process of science by which knowledge about our place in the cosmos is obtained. Examples of possible observations and the inferences drawn from them. 1101 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ASTR 1301 or ...

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ASTR 1301/1101 Introduction to Astronomy and Lab

4 credit hours

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Evolutionary, ecological, and environmental interrelationships among organisms. Basic biological principles and modern technology form the basis for inquiry and debate.

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BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology

3 credit hours

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The process of science, including observation, evaluation, and predictions, will be applied to the understanding of biological principles. Illustration of the methods of science in the study of major biological concepts,...

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BIOL 1401 Science of Biology

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: BIOL 1400 or 1401, or 1411 and 1412, AND CHEM 1400 or 1402, or their equivalents. The morphology, physiology, and classification of microorganisms; the relationship of microorganisms to biotechnology, medi...

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BIOL 2401 Microbiology

3 credit hours

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1302 - An introduction to the science of geology, the geological view of the human environment, how geologists learn about Planet Earth, and how society and geology interact. 1102 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1302...

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ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology and Lab

4 credit hours

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1303 - An introduction to the science of geology, how geologists have learned about the Earth using geologic time as a theme. 1103 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1303. A laboratory course designed to accompany ERSC ...

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ERSC 1303/1103 Historical Geology and Lab

4 credit hours

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1304 - This is an introductory course environmental geology course that examines interactions between human beings and our changing planet, the affects of natural/geologic hazards on humans, and anthropogenic (human-caus...

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ERSC 1304/1104 Earth and the Environment and Lab

4 credit hours

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Mathematics

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Prerequisite: A grade of C or greater in Math 0301 – Intermediate Algebra, a grade of AA, BA or CA in Math 0321 Pre-Core Mathematics, an equivalent transfer course, or an ACT Mathematics score of 21, or SAT Mathematics...

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MATH 1302 College Algebra

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302, an equivalent transfer course, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test Corequisite with consent of instructor: MATH 1302.

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MATH 1303 Trigonometry

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302 or an equivalent transfer course or an ACT Mathematics score of 24. Not intended for mathematical science majors or minors.

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MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I

3 credit hours

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MATH 1321 Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302, an equivalent transfer course, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test. Differential and integral calculus with applications to economics and management sci...

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MATH 1342 Business Calculus

3 credit hours

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The course includes concepts in​ ​algebra and trigonometry that are directly applicable to success​ ​in calculus such as functions, equations, trigonometric identities​ ​systems of equations and conic sectio...

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MATH 1401 Pre-calculus

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: grades of C or greater in MATH 1302 and 1303, equivalent transfer courses, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test. Limits and limit theorems, continuity, derivatives and the chain rule, implic...

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MATH 1451 Calculus I

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: MATH 1302 or 1315 or 1321 or equivalent. Introduction to the fundamental ideas of statistics, including descriptive statistics, normal distributions, sampling experiments, tests of hypotheses, and elementar...

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STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods

3 credit hours

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Humanities/Social Sciences/Communication-Speech

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Speech Communication majors must select SPCH 1300

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This course helps students effectively deliver an oral presentation to an adult audience; listen to and critique objectively the oral presentations of others; effectively participate in one-to-one communication experienc...

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SPCH 1300 Speech Communication

3 credit hours

Required Courses (15 hours)

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Required Courses

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Basic understanding of legal and ethical foundations of criminal justice and the major components of the criminal justice system. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number CRJU 1023)

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CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credit hours

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Explores the operation of the correctional system within the context of society and within the criminal justice system, the integration of criminology, the courts and corrections, the relationship the correctional system...

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CRJU 3303 Corrections Survey

3 credit hours

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This course will examine the relationship between the police and the community from several different perspectives. We will start with an introduction to the history, practices and issues related to the law enforcement f...

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CRJU 3304 Police and Society

3 credit hours

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Enables students to identify and understand the major schools of thought in criminology and to integrate them into a comprehensive application to the real world. Three credit hours.

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CRJU 4300 Crime and Behavior

3 credit hours

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Instruction in reading and comprehension of reports and research within the criminal justice field, identifying the application of various research techniques and statistical methods, and producing a draft research propo...

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CRJU 4304 Research Methods

3 credit hours

Elective Courses (15 hours)

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Electives

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Prerequisite: CRJU 2300. A study of special problems, issues, or trends relating to the criminal justice system. May be repeated with a change of subject and with permission of the department chairperson. One, two, or th...

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CRJU 3105, 3205, 3305 Seminar in Criminal Justice

1 credit hours

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Prerequisite: CRJU 2300. An analysis of the legal problems associated with the investigation of crime; the acquisition, preservation, presentation of evidence; principles of proof in criminal proceedings. Three credit ho...

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CRJU 3301 Criminal Evidence

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: CRJU 2300. A study of the leading constitutional cases in the area of criminal justice with particular emphasis on cases dealing with search and seizure, the privilege against self-incrimination, assistance...

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CRJU 3302 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement

3 credit hours

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Basic understanding of the part police play within society and within the criminal justice system. Explores the relationship the police have to society, their interaction with the other components within the criminal jus...

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CRJU 3306 Police Administration & Management

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: CRJU 2300. An analysis of criminal acts, elements of specific crimes, and defenses permitted in the United States legal system. Three credit hours.

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CRJU 3307 Criminal Law

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: IFAS 2300 or consent of instructor. Designed to acquaint students with law enforcement’s response to crimes committed using computers, networks, and the internet. Three credit hours.

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CRJU 3309 Cybercrime

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: CRJU 2300. An exploration of the differing experiences of racial/ethnic groups as they come into contact with crime and the criminal justice system. Three credit hours.

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CRJU 3310 Race/Ethnicity and Criminal Justice

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: CRJU 2300. An examination of the historical, cross-cultural, and current state of gang involvement. Three credit hours.

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CRJU 3311 Gangs

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: CRJU 2300. A review of the distribution and causes of crime from the point of view of the victim, as well as detailing the interface between victims and the legal and social service communities. Three credi...

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CRJU 3312 Victimology

3 credit hours

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A general overview of the field of forensic science, the application of “science,” and the scientific method to the law. Topics such as criminalistics, including firearms and toolmarks, trace evidence, fingerprints, ...

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CRJU 3313 Crime & Science: Intro to Forensic Science

3 credit hours

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This course is an introduction to data analysis in criminology and criminal justice. The primary goal of the course is to introduce students to the statistics and the problems that are commonly encountered in crime resea...

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CRJU 3314 Statistics in Criminal Justice

3 credit hours

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This course will take an in-depth look at sex offenders and sex crimes. Students will explore possible causes of sex crimes, treatment options for sex offenders, victimization issues and types of sex offenders. Current r...

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CRJU 3315 Sex Crimes

3 credit hours

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Juvenile delinquent behavior, problems, theory, cause, control and prevention. Cross listed with SOCI 3337. Three credit hours.

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CRJU 3337 Juvenile Delinquency

3 credit hours

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This course will provide the student with a comprehensive examination of criminological theory. The course surveys the major schools of thought related to crime causation and particular theories about crime and delinquen...

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CRJU 3338 Criminological Theory

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Experience in law enforcement agencies, juvenile courts, probation and parole departments, other correctional institutions, delinquency control programs, and public or voluntary agenc...

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CRJU 3348 Internship I

3 credit hours

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A continuation of CRJU 3348. Three credit hours.

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CRJU 3349 Internship II

3 credit hours

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An exploration of the contributions of psychology to the practice of law, law enforcement, and other related areas, illustrated in terms of testimony and court procedures, psychopathology, correctional services, the deve...

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CRJU 3396 Psychology & the Criminal Process

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: 15 hours of CRJU courses, senior standing with 3.00 GPA, consent of instructor. Advanced study and research. One, two, or three credit hours.

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CRJU 4120, 4220, 4320 Independent Study

1 credit hours

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Subjects vary. Sixteen hours of workshop time will equal one credit hour. One or two credit hours.

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CRJU 4199, 4299 Criminal Justice Workshop

1 credit hours

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Prerequisites: CRJU 2300. A survey of state, local, and federal judicial systems and their interrelationships. Examines judicial structures, functions, and decision-making procedures. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Cat...

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CRJU 4301 Judicial System and Process

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: CRJU 2300. An examination of the origins and history of law in society, including the evolving roles of judges, juries, defense attorneys, and prosecutors. Examines the evolution of civil and criminal law,...

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CRJU 4302 Law and Society

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: CRJU 2300. A survey of the current literature on crime and law enforcement, with emphasis on special research reports and periodical and journal articles in criminal justice, law sociology, and related fiel...

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CRJU 4303 Readings in Criminal Justice

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: CRJU 2300. An exploration of the philosophical basis, process, legal rights of juveniles, and roles of the major participants in the juvenile justice system. Three credit hours.

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CRJU 4305 Juvenile Law and Process

3 credit hours

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A study of frequently abused drugs, with emphasis on the personal, social, and legal consequences of drug abuse and on the treatment of drug addiction. Three credit hours.

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CRJU 4307 Drug Abuse

3 credit hours

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This course provides an overview of the fundamental concept of crime prevention, beginning with a review of crime statistics and crime causation theories and their relevance in the prevention of crime. The course will re...

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CRJU 4309 Crime Prevention

3 credit hours

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This course provides an overview of terrorism as a political weapon, definitions of terrorism, an examination of the causes of terrorism, precepts of domestic and international terrorism, and the religious foundations of...

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CRJU 4310 Terrorism

3 credit hours

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This course is an examination of the principles and issues of organizational security management. The course will examine the historical development of public and private security and its form and practice in modern soci...

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CRJU 4311 Security Management

3 credit hours

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This course is an examination of the administrative aspects of information security management and is designed to develop knowledge and skills for protection of information and information systems within organizations. S...

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CRJU 4313 Information Security

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: CRJU 2300. A review of theoretical and applied issues in the practice of correctional psychology. Focus on relevant empirical studies and their application in a correctional context. Three credit hours.

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CRJU 4332 Corrections Psychology

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Experience in law enforcement agencies, juvenile courts, probation and parole departments, other correctional institutions, delinquency control programs, and public or voluntary agenc...

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CRJU 4333 Cooperative Education

3 credit hours

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Civil liberties, analysis of leading constitutional decisions focusing on human freedom and fundamental rights. Emphasis on religious liberty, freedom of expression, racial equality, privacy, criminal procedures and the ...

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CRJU 4351 Constitutional Law II

3 credit hours

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Prerequisite: CRJU 2300. An analysis of the law enforcement, judicial, and correctional systems of other nations, with emphasis on comparison with the United States system of criminal justice. Dual-listed in the UALR Gra...

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CRJU 4380 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

3 credit hours

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted to the program with a 2.25 GPA, completion of Composition I and Composition II, and a minimum of 12 hours at UALR. Students also may be provisionally admitted to the major and advised within the department before fully meeting requirements for admission to the program.

Graduation Requirements

This degree program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, including demonstration of intermediate-level second language proficiency. All course work leading to the Associate of Science degree in law enforcement may be credited toward this total.
All required courses are available in standard semester-length and accelerated formats. Requirements for the program may be completed in 4 years with 8 semesters of effort through the standard program or sooner if the student chooses accelerated courses.

See the Undergraduate Catalog for more details. 

Program Advisor

Karen Wisdom | 501.683.7508 | kmwisdom@ualr.edu
Coordinator of Advising/Recruitment & Retention
Department of Criminal Justice

Accreditation

UA Little Rock is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

UA Little Rock also offers an accelerated Master of Science in Criminal Justice online degree program for graduate students. >>Learn more

Disabilities

UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003 or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website, ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $280