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Criminal Justice, BACJ


Students learn how a society maintains social control while protecting individual rights and how to apply the constitution to everyday life. Students discuss what causes criminal behavior, and what makes effective crime policy. They learn how to control, deter and punish crime and they understand the role of police, prosecutors, the courts, defense attorneys, juries, jails and prisons.


The major is divided into three components: a lower division 15-hour core that serves as a basis for the fundamentals of criminal justice and is consistent with IAI guidelines; an upper division 18-hour core requirement; and a six-hour criminal justice elective component. The major includes a capstone course designed to identify and analyze “real-life” issues facing criminal justice agencies, as well as techniques for developing and proposing solutions to constituents.

Grade of C- or higher required in all major courses.

Core Requirements - Lower Division (Meets IAI Guidelines)

  CJL 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice (IAI – CRJ 901) .....3
  CJL 220 Juvenile Justice (IAI – CRJ 914) .....3
  CJL 230 Introduction to Corrections (IAI – CRJ 911) .....3
  CJL 240 Introduction to Criminology (IAI – CRJ 912) .....3
  CJL 250 Criminal Law (IAI – CRJ 913) .....3
  Total required lower division credit hours: .....15

Core Requirements - Upper Division

  CJL 300 Police and Society .....3
  CJL 305 Research Methods .....3
  CJL 310 Ethics & Diversity in Criminal Justice .....3
  CJL 330 Criminal Justice & the Constitution .....3
  CJL 355 Crime in America .....3
  CJL 390 Senior Seminar .....3
  Total required upper divison credit hours: .....18


Choose two courses
  CJL 360 Community-Based Corrections .....3
  CJL 365 White-Collar Crime .....3
  CJL 381 Death Penalty in America .....3
  CJL 382 Criminal Investigation .....3
  CJL 384 Profiling .....3
  CJL 389 Topics in Criminal Justice .....3
  Total required elective credit hours: .....6

Other Requirements

  ACP 101 ACP 101 for students with less than 15 credits in transfer .....3
  PLS 201 Pro-Seminar -OR- (see PLS 302) .....6
  PLS 302 Methods of Critical Reasoning -OR- (see PLS 201) .....3
Functional Area
  Related courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary area selected in consultation with an advisor .....18
General Education
  Three courses in Humanities .....9
  Three courses in Natural Sciences .....9
  Three courses in Social Sciences .....9
General Electives
  Additional courses must be selected from any area to complete the 120 hour degree requirement. .....
  Proficiency equivalent to MATH 095 by course completion or Roosevelt placement. .....
  MATH 101 Applied Intermediate Algebra .....3
University Writing Requirement
  Roosevelt University Assessment Placement Test .....
  ENG 101 Introduction to Composition .....3
  ENG 102 Argument, Analysis, Research .....3