Social and Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts in Social and Criminal Justice

The Social and Criminal Justice major is a unique interdisciplinary program that offers an emphasis in criminal justice through which a perspective for building a more just society is considered.

Program Outcomes
Graduates from the Social and Criminal Justice program will be able to:

  • Examine law enforcement issues; 
  • Apply knowledge to socio-economic(cultural) diversity to criminal justice; 
  • Investigate the operation of the criminal justice system; 
  • Examine the relationship of social justice to the criminal justice system; and 
  • Apply information from sociology law, psychology, ethics, and related fields to the study of criminal justice.

Program Requirements

  • Total Minimum Credits Required: 120 credits
  • General Education Requirements: 49 credits
  • Major Requirements: 36 credits (30 upper division)
  • Electives: 35 credits

Major Course Requirements (36 credits):

Choose three courses (9 credits) in Social Justice from the following:
PHI 107/307 Philosophy of Human Conduct (3 credits)
PHI 210/310 Franciscanism Yesterday & Today (3 credits)
SOC 120 Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility (3 credits)
SOC 305 Crime & Society (3 credits)
SOC 330 Social Justice & Society (3 credits)
SOC 331 Social Justice & Ethics (3 credits)

Four courses (12 credits) in Criminal Justice:
CRJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)
CRJ 301 Juvenile Justice (3 credits)
CRJ 303 Corrections (3 credits)
CRJ 420 Criminal Justice Practicum (3 credits) OR
CRJ 422 CRJ Capstone (3 credits)

Choose five courses (15 credits) in upper-level Major Courses from the following:
CRJ 305 Crime Prevention (3 credits)
CRJ 306 Criminal Law & Procedure (3 credits)
CRJ 308 Psychology of Criminal Behavior (3 credits)
CRJ 311 Forensics (3 credits)
CRJ 320 Families & Domestic Violence (3 credits)
HIS/POL 303 The American Constitution (3 credits)
LIB 323 Revolution & Terrorism in the Modern World (3 credits)
PSY 301 Social Psychology (3 credits)
PSY 303 Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
SOC 203 Social Problems (3 credits)
SOC 305 Crime & Society (3 credits)
SOC 308 Racial & Ethnic Groups (3 credits)

You also have the opportunity to complete a specialization, which will enhance your Bachelor of Arts in Social & Criminal Justice. The following specializations are available for this major:

  • Corrections Management
  • Forensics
  • Homeland Security
  • Political Science and Government
  • Security Management

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Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation

Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation


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