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Criminal Justice, BA

Offered in: CHICAGO | ONLINE

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice prepares students to become criminal justice professionals.

Courses in the Criminal Justice major cover contemporary issues facing decision makers in the American criminal justice system. Students learn how a society maintains social control while protecting individual rights, and how the Constitution applies to everyday life. Students discuss what causes criminal behavior and what makes effective crime policy. They learn how justice systems deter, control, and punish crime, and they understand the role of police, prosecutors, courts, defense attorneys, juries, and prisons in criminal justice outcomes.

The Criminal Justice major is divided into three components: a lower division 18-hour core that covers fundamentals and is consistent with Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) guidelines; an upper division 18-hour core; and six hours of elective requirements. The major includes a capstone senior seminar course designed to identify and analyze real-life issues facing criminal justice agencies, as well as techniques for developing and proposing solutions to constituents.

Requirements

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 Illinois Articulation Initiative (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
Summary
  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

Electives

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 383 Technology in Criminal Justice .....3
  CJL 384 Profiling .....3
  CJL 389 Topics in Criminal Justice .....3
Summary
  Total required elective credit hours: .....6

Other requirements

Functional area
  Related courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary area selected in consultation with an advisor .....18
General electives
  Additional courses must be selected from any area to complete the 120 hour degree requirement. .....

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice

  ACP 101 First-Year Seminar (required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 semester hours) .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3

English Composition (minimum grade of C- required)

  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3

Humanities

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding 101 and 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

Mathematics

  MATH 110 Math 110 or above (Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements -- see advisor). .....3

Non-Western requirement

  Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements) .....3

RU mission-related course (minimum grade of C- required)

  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3

Science

  One biological science and one physical science required; at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors) TOTAL: at least 7 science hours. .....7-8

Social Sciences

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 semester hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 semester hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 semester hours (of the 60 semester hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 semester hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)