2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 26, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Criminal Justice, Police Science Concentration, B.S.

B.S., Criminal Justice

  1. Demonstrate the knowledge of theory, methods, and empirical findings related to issues of police, correction, and courts.
  2. Analyze a substantial body of literature related to police, corrections, or courts.
  3. Communicate criminal justice concepts orally and in writing.
  4. Evaluate and moral issues in a professional/disciplinary setting.

University Core Curriculum (40 credits)

The completion of 40 credits of University Core Curriculum with the following restrictions is required:

Concentration in Police Science (48 credits)

Students earning the B.S. degree in criminal justice with a concentration in police science focus on the roles, activities, and behaviors of people with regard to maintaining law and order, providing needed services, protecting life and property, and planning and research. The students must complete the University Core Curriculum, the common courses for criminal justice majors listed above, and the following:

Direct Entry B.S. Criminal Justice - Police Science / M.S. Criminal Justice

This degree program seamlessly integrates an undergraduate and graduate degree in Criminal Justice, with an opportunity to attain the Master’s Degree within 5 years of starting the Bachelor’s degree. Students who are accepted into this program will master the skills and scientific knowledge related to the roles, activities, and behaviors of people involved in maintaining law and order, providing needed services, protecting life and property, and planning and research. The students will be equipped to serve in leadership roles with law enforcement agencies, both federal and local.

This combined degree program is available to qualified criminal justice/investigative services upper-level students as well. Two graduate-level courses (CJST 6605 instead of CJST 3311 and an approved CJST 6000-level elective instead of an undergraduate elective) can be taken during the junior or senior year. During the fifth year, students complete the MS degree by taking nine more CJST graduate-level courses (CJST 6610 is waived) and successfully passing a comprehensive exam. An alternative thesis track is available as well.

To qualify, students must apply for admission no later than two semesters prior to the anticipated fulfillment of the BS degree requirements, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 at the time of application to the 4+1 program, and submit one letter of recommendation by a criminal justice faculty member. A minimum grade of B is required in each of the two overlapping graduate courses.