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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 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.

Current SEMO undergraduate students can apply to the Accelerated Graduate Program and earn graduate credit while still an undergraduate student.

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 pre/co-requisite)
CJ115 - Introduction to Criminal Courts   (CJ100 co-requisite)
CJ125 - Introduction To Corrections    (CJ100 pre/co-requisite)
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)
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)
CJ471 - Independent Study (1 hour)* (Instructor Approval)
CJ472 - Independent Study (2 hours)* (Instructor Approval)
CJ473 - Independent Study (up to 3 hours)* (Instructor Approval)
CJ491 - Internship in Criminal Justice (3 or 6 hours)** (Junior Standing; 15 hrs CJ coursework; 2.75 GPA)
CJ505 - Social Inequality***
CJ510 - Comparative Criminal Justice Systems***
CJ519 - Restorative Justice***
CJ520 - Law & Social Control***
CJ525 - Crime and Criminal Justice Policy***
CJ530 - Crime, Media, & Pop Culture***
CJ540 - Ehtics in Criminal Justice***
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)

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.

Students who can show successful completion of POST certification equivalent to the 600 hour minimum training required for police officer certification from any law enforcement academy in the State of Missouri, and have earned 12 credits from Southeast Missouri State University, may earn credit for LE199/299/399/499 for 24 credits towards their Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

* 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.

*** Only available to students accepted to the accelerated graduate program.




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Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology
One University Plaza, MS 7950
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701