Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Options

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

CJ100 - Intro to Criminal Justice (3)
CJ110 - Intro To Law Enforcement (3) (CJ100 co-requisite)
CJ115 - Intro to Criminal Courts (3) (CJ100 co-requisite)
CJ125 - Intro To Corrections (3) (CJ100)
CJ320 - Criminal Law (3) (CJ220 prior to Spring 2017) (Junior Standing)
CJ370 - Juvenile Justice (3) (CJ100; CJ125)
CJ425 - Planning and Research (3) (CJ100; EN140; Junior Standing)
CJ499 - Issues in Justice Administration/Capstone (3) (EN140; CJ425; Junior Standing)
*Note: Enroll in CL004 at the same time
SO305 - Race, Gender, Class and Crime (3) (CJ100 or SO102)
SO360 Theories of Crime (3) (CJ100 or SO102; Junior Standing)

Choose One Track

Track 1: Academic/University Track (15 Hours) - Minor Required

Choose 15 Hours From:

CJ303 - Correctional Institutions (3) (CJ230 prior Spring 2017) (CJ100; CJ125)
CJ310 - Advanced Police Administration (3) (CJ100; CJ110)
CJ330 - Criminal Investigations (3) (CJ100; CJ110)
CJ335 - Police Operations (3) (9 hours CJ courses, including CJ100 and CJ330)
CJ350 - Criminalistics (3) (CJ100; CJ110: Phys. Systems)
CJ355 - Constitutional Rights of Inmates (3) (CJ100; CJ125)
CJ365 - Community-Based Corrections (3) (CJ100; CJ125)
CJ375 - Victimology (3) (CJ100; CJ110)
CJ400 - Crisis Management (3) (CJ100; CJ110)
CJ422 - Criminal Procedures (3) (Junior standing)
CJ430 - Policing in an Information Age (3) (CJ100; CJ110)
CJ435 - Senior Seminar (3) (CJ100)
CJ440 - Offender Rehabilitation (3) (CJ100)
CS473 - Independent Study (up to 3 hours)* (Instructor Approval)
CS491 - 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 (3)
SO300 - Organized and White-Collar Crime (3) (CJ320; Junior Standing)
SO444 - Deviant Social Behavior (3) (SO102; Junior Standing)
SR444 - Treatment Strategies: Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Junior Standing)

***Track 2: Law Enforcement Option - 24 Hours

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