2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Sep 18, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Criminal Justice, Crime Victim Services Concentration, B.S.


B.S., Criminal Justice


PROGRAM OUTCOMES:
  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 Crime Victim Services (48 credits)


Students earning the B.S. degree in criminal justice with a concentration in crime victim services are being prepared for entry into a wide variety of positions in law enforcement, criminal justice, the courts, corrections, and victim services programs, as well as professional settings involving work with victims of crime, their families, and the community at large. 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 - Victim Services / 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 involved in working with victims of crime, their families, and the community at large. The students will be equipped to serve in leadership roles with a wide variety of law enforcement, criminal justice, courts, corrections, and victim services programs.

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.
 

 

Direct Entry B.S. Criminal Justice - Victim Services / M.P.A. Public Administration


This degree program creates a pathway between an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with a graduate degree in Public Administration. Students will have the opportunity to attain a Master’s Degree within 5 years of starting their undergraduate degree. Students who are accepted into this program will learn the skills necessary to effectively operate public and nonprofit organizations, which are critical for assuming leadership roles in public and nonprofit organizations. Students will complete coursework in the areas of public management, budgeting, and policy as part of their core and will have the opportunity to choose among several concentrations for their electives, including public safety, fire and emergency medical services, nonprofit management, and municipal management.  

This combined degree program is available to qualified criminal justice upper-level students from any concentration. Two graduate-level courses (PADM 6601 and PADM 6602) that are taken during the senior year replace two undergraduate courses in the BS program in Criminal Justice and count toward the MPA degree. During the fifth year, students complete their MPA degree by taking ten more PADM graduate-level courses.

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 (upon completion of 90 credits toward the BS degree), 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 for the student to apply to both programs.