Criminal Justice Major, B.A.

Students cannot double major in criminal justice and forensic investigation, but can major in one and minor in the other.

Course Title Credits
General Requirements
General Education39-56
Non-Departmental Core Courses 13
Elementary Statistics
Required Courses 1, 215
CRIMLJUS 1130Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRIMLJUS 2130Foundations of Policing3
CRIMLJUS 2230Foundations of Corrections3
CRIMLJUS 4030Criminal Law3
CRIMLJUS 4930Criminal Justice Seminar3
Theory 13
Select one of the following courses:
Crime and Delinquency
Research Methods 13-9
Select one of the following options to complete the research methods requirement for the major:
Research Methods in Criminal Justice
Social Research
Completion of all three of the following courses:
Introduction to Experimental Psychology
Behavioral Research I (or PSYCHLGY 3960)
Behavioral Research II (or PSYCHLGY 3970)
Electives 115
Select 15 credits from the list below:
U S Courts and the Criminal Justice System
Private Security Operations
Issues in Criminal Justice
Ethnicity, Race and Crime
White Collar Crime
Foundations of Interviewing
Police Ethics
Criminal Investigation
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
Police Administration
Correctional Institutions
Juvenile Justice
Women, Gender, and Justice
Crime Prevention
Law of Corrections
Police-Community Relations
Deviance, Crime, and Social Control
Community-Based Corrections
Criminal Procedure and Evidence
Issues in Criminal Justice Planning and Management
Directed Individual Studies
Social Welfare Policy
Social Work Practice with Communities, Organizations and Social Institutions
Current Topics In Criminal Justice
Honors in Criminal Justice Research
Victimology and Restorative Justice
Substance Abuse I: Theory and Assessment
Substance Abuse II: Intervention and Special Populations
Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation
Forensic Criminology
Research Methods in Forensic Investigation
Courtroom Testimony and Evidence
The Washington Center - The LEAD Colloquium
The Washington Center - Evening Topics Course
The Washington Center - CJ Internship
Total Credits93-116

Criminal Justice Emphases

Students may select one of the following two emphases within the criminal justice major (but are not required to do so). Students who do select an emphasis will take the following specified course combinations as their elective credits.

Law Enforcement Emphasis

Course Title Credits
Select at least 15 credits of the following:15
CRIMLJUS 2930Foundations of Interviewing3
CRIMLJUS 3040Police Ethics3
CRIMLJUS 3130Criminal Investigation3
CRIMLJUS 3330Police Administration3
CRIMLJUS 4130Police-Community Relations3
CRIMLJUS 4330Criminal Procedure and Evidence3
CRIMLJUS 4630Current Topics In Criminal Justice1-3
Total Credits34-36

Corrections Emphasis

Course Title Credits
Select at least 15 credits of the following:15
CRIMLJUS 2930Foundations of Interviewing3
CRIMLJUS 3530Correctional Institutions3
CRIMLJUS 3630Juvenile Justice3
CRIMLJUS 3930Law of Corrections3
CRIMLJUS 4230Community-Based Corrections3
CRIMLJUS 4630Current Topics In Criminal Justice1-3
CRIMLJUS 4830Victimology and Restorative Justice3

Internship Eligibility

To be eligible for an internship, the student must have earned at least 60 credits plus 12 upper division criminal justice/forensic investigation credits and have a G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher.

The Washington Center

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) offers semester-long internship experiences for students in Washington, D.C. for students. Criminal justice and forensic investigation students accepted to the TWC program would enroll in the below 15 credits of TWC-related courses during the semester they will be in Washington, D.C.; these courses will count toward the electives needed to satisfy the major. Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation majors are welcome to apply and should contact the Criminal Justice Department Chair for more information on the application process. Please visit for more information.

Course Title Credits
UWPSTUDY 4110The Washington Center - The LEAD Colloquium3
UWPSTUDY 4120The Washington Center - Evening Topics Course3
UWPSTUDY 4880The Washington Center - CJ Internship9