Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice 

The Criminal Justice major currently requires a total of 45 hours consisting of 30 hours of core courses and 15 hours in Academic/University track.  Anyone majoring in Criminal Justice must also complete all other courses required by the university as well as a minor area of study consisting of at least 15 hours.  Some of minors commonly taken by Criminal Justice Majors are:  Criminology, Sociology, Accounting, Cybersecurity, Social Work, Psychology, Political Science, Computer Science, Foreign Language, and Anthropology.*

*Please refer to the university bulletin for a complete description of all courses in Criminal Justice and minor areas of study.

Core Courses - 30 Hours

All courses are three credit hours unless otherwise specified. Prerequisites are listed in parentheses

CJ100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice 
CJ110 - Introduction to Law Enforcement   (CJ100 co-requisite)
CJ115 - Introduction to Criminal Courts   (CJ100 co-requisite)
CJ125 - Introduction To Corrections    (CJ100)
CJ320 - Criminal Law   (CJ220 prior to Spring 2017) (Junior Standing)
CJ370 - Juvenile Justice   (CJ100; CJ125)
CJ425 - Planning and Research   (CJ100; EN140; Junior Standing)
CJ499 - Issues in Justice Administration/Capstone   (EN140; CJ425; Junior Standing)
*Note: Enroll in CL004 at the same time
SO305 - Intersections of Crime   (CJ100 or SO102)
SO360 - Theories of Crime    (CJ100 or SO102; Junior Standing)

Choose One Track

Academic/University Track (15 Hours) - Minor Required

Choose 15 Hours From:

CJ303 - Correctional Institutions   (CJ230 prior Spring 2017) (CJ100; CJ125)
CJ310 - Advanced Police Administration   (CJ100; CJ110)
CJ330 - Criminal Investigations   (CJ100; CJ110)
CJ335 - Police Operations  (9 hours CJ courses, including CJ100 and CJ330)
CJ350 - Criminalistics   (CJ100; CJ110: Phys. Systems)
CJ355 - Constitutional Rights of Inmates   (CJ100; CJ125)
CJ365 - Community-Based Corrections   (CJ100; CJ125)
CJ375 - Victimology   (CJ100; CJ110)
CJ400 - Crisis Management   (CJ100; CJ110)
CJ422 - Criminal Procedures   (Junior standing)
CJ430 - Policing in an Information Age   (CJ100; CJ110)
CJ435 - Senior Seminar   (CJ100)
CJ440 - Offender Rehabilitation   (CJ100)
CJ473 - Independent Study (up to 3 hours)* (Instructor Approval)
CJ491 - Internship in Criminal Justice (up to 6 hours)* (Junior Standing; 15 hrs CJ coursework; 2.75 GPA)
CJ510 - Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
CJ520 - Law & Social Control
CJ525 - Crime and Criminal Justice Policy
CJ834 - Field Experience in Corrections
SO242 - Statistics for Scientists
SO300 - Organized and White-Collar Crime   (CJ320; Junior Standing)
SO444 - Deviant Social Behavior   (SO102; Junior Standing)
SR444 - Treatment Strategies: Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Junior Standing)

***Law Enforcement Track - 24 Hours - No Minor Required

LE199 - Basic LEA I (6)
LE299 - Basic LEA II (6)
LE399 - Basic LEA III (6)
LE499 - Basic LEA IV (6)

Applicable only for students admitted to SEMO Law Enforcement Academy. A minor is not required.


* No more than 3 credits of Independent Study (CJ471, 472, 473) may be counted towards the degree.

** No more than 6 credits of Internship (491) may be counted towards the degree.

*** Students who can show successful completion of POST certification in any law enforcement academies in the State of Missouri will earn credit for LE 199/299/399/499 for 24 credits towards their Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.




Department of Criminal Justice
One University Plaza, MS 7950
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701