Undergraduate Degree Requirements

The School of Criminal Justice is concerned with the study of all aspects of crime and societal reactions to crime.

In response to student demand and the University's continued commitment to develop new and exciting curricula, the School of Criminal Justice offers an undergraduate major. The school is known throughout the world for its outstanding graduate program, and its undergraduate major provides a sound basic education in justice theory.

This program offers education with a high level of abstraction clearly focused on preparation for graduate work. Because criminal justice is interdisciplinary by nature, students will be urged to take preparatory courses in basic writing, history, English and math.


The school also offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy.

All undergraduate courses offered by the School of Criminal Justice are considered liberal arts and science courses for purposes of degree requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degrees. Such courses listed in this section are preceded by the school's letter R.

Degree Requirements for the Major in Criminal Justice

General Program B.A.

The major in criminal justice requires a minimum of 36 credits distributed as follows:

  • RCRJ 201 – Introduction to Criminal Justice;
  • RCRJ 202 – Introduction to Law and Criminal Justice;
  • RCRJ 203 (or ASOC 203) – Criminology;
  • 3 credits of statistics, either RCRJ 281, ASOC 221, APSY 210, or AMAT 108;
  • 3 credits in research methods, either RCRJ 282, ASOC 220, or APSY 211;
  • One 400-level, writing-intensive senior Capstone Seminar, either RCRJ 4**Z, RCRJ 4**W, or RCRJ 4**V;
  •  16 – 18 additional credits from any 300- or 400-level criminal justice courses and/or ASOC 283

*Students are advised that only one of RCRJ 203 or ASOC 203 may be taken for credit.