Criminal Justice, BS

The mission of the Criminal Justice program is to capitalize on the diversity of the Clayton State student population and multidisciplinary training of faculty to provide students with a specialized understanding of the criminal justice system and criminal behavior. Curriculum and instruction are designed to advance knowledge, understanding, and skills relevant to the criminal justice discipline in order to prepare students for careers, advancement, or graduate studies in criminal justice, law, and other justice-related fields.

Program Requirements

No grades of D in upper division courses are allowed in the Criminal Justice major. Upper division courses are all courses other than those of Areas A through F. 1000- or 2000-level courses used in the upper division are included in this restriction.

Core Curriculum (Areas A-E)42
All Core Curriculum requirements for the B.S. Criminal Justice degree are shown under Core Curriculum in the Graduation Requirements section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F)18
CRJU 1150Intro to Criminal Justice3
SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology3
Choose any 4 courses (12 credit hours) from lower division (1000-2000 level) electives from courses with the following prefixes: AFAM, CRJU, ECON, FOSC, HIST, HMSV, HSEM, MATH, MGMT, PARA, PHIL, POLS, PSYC, SOCI, SOSC, SPAN, STAB, and WST. 12
Upper Division Major Requirements18
CRJU 3100Criminology3
CRJU 3200Law Enforcement3
CRJU 3300Corrections3
CRJU 3410Survey-Criminal Law/Procedures3
CRJU/SOCI 4501Research Methods & Policy Eval3
CRJU 4901Criminal Justice Internship I3
Upper Division Major Electives 118
Choose 6 courses (18 credit hours) from upper division (3000-4000 level) courses with a CRJU prefix.
Upper Division Major Related Electives 121
Choose 7 courses (21 credit hours) from upper division (3000-4000 level) courses.
International Language Requirement
Students majoring in criminal justice are required to demonstrate competence in Spanish through the Intermediate Level (SPAN 2001-3rd semester). 1
Students who have not completed the following courses as part of the core must fulfill the requirement as part of their Upper Division Major Related Electives. 1
Elementary Spanish I (Area F)
Elementary Spanish II (B2)
Intermediate Spanish I (C1 or C2)
Free Elective3
Choose three elective hours (excludes PHED activity courses; MSL courses; courses offered for institutional credit only; and career program courses not specifically approved in advance).3
Total Credit Hours120