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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, BA/MA

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In order to earn both the bachelor and master of arts degrees in criminal justice, students will take seven graduate foundation courses during their Senior year. These foundation courses will count toward the undergraduate degree credit hour requirements, and they will also satisfy the corresponding graduate degree requirements. Students will complete the remaining graduate degree requirements during their fifth year.  Students in the dual degree program must complete a minimum of 216 quarter credits, including 180 undergraduate credits and 36 graduate credits. Students admitted to this program must have a cumulative and a major/program grade point average of 3.50 in order to be admitted for MA studies and take graduate courses during their Senior year; otherwise they will terminate with the BA degree only. Students with Junior standing may be admitted to the dual degree program if they have a minimum cumulative and a major/program grade point average of 3.50. Students considering the dual degree program are strongly advised to meet with their Academic Advisor as early as possible in order to review all program requirements, the typical five-year program of study, and to ensure that degree requirements will be satisfied prior to taking graduate courses during the Senior year. Students should also consult the MA Student Handbook for additional detail on graduate program requirements.      


In order to earn the bachelor of arts with a major in criminal justice and master of arts in criminal justice dual degree, students must complete a minimum of 216 quarter credits with a cumulative and a major/program grade point average of 3.50, including the following:

II. College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • Modern Languages 1150, 1250, 1350, or equivalent (15)


All students with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate competency through the level of 1350 in a language other than English. This competency is ordinarily achieved by successful completion of the three-course sequence: 1150, 1250, and 1350. Because these courses are a college requirement, no course in the sequence may be taken on a pass/fail, correspondence, or audit basis. Placement into other than the beginning course of the sequence is achieved by acceptable performance on the Modern Language Competency Examination. See the Modern Languages and Cultures Department for details on the examinations. Courses used to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences modern language requirement may not be used to fulfill major requirements.

Criminal Justice, BA/MA

Senior Year Graduate-Level Courses

22 credits, including:

  • CRJS 5010 - Criminal Justice Theory (3)
  • CRJS 5020 - Advanced Criminological Theory (3)
  • CRJS 5030 - Law and Social Control (3)
  • CRJS 5040 - Organizational Theory and Analysis in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRJS 5060 - Advanced Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)
  • CRJS 5100 - Theory and Research in Police, Courts, Corrections (3)
  • CRJS 5070/5080 - Statistical Analysis with Lab (4)

See Graduate Catalog for course descriptions


  1. A maximum of 30 community college credits may apply to this program.
  2. Any of the required police, courts, and corrections courses not selected may count as specialization electives.
  3. Special topics courses may fulfill police, courts, or corrections requirements if deemed applicable and approved by the programchair.
  4. For students pursuing the dual degree program, cross-listed courses (i.e., courses that are taken by both undergraduate and graduate students) may not be double-counted toward both the BA and MA degrees. Students should plan accordingly to take such courses to fulfill either undergraduate specialization elective or graduate elective requirements.

IV. General Electives

  • Undergraduate-level general elective credit to reach 158 undergraduate credits total

V. Additional MA requirements

36 additional graduate-level credits to be completed in fifth year of the program, including:

Required Courses: (6)

  • CRJS 5050 - Criminal Justice Ethics and Decision-making (Summer course only)
  • CRJS 5900 - Criminal Justice Capstone (Summer course only)

Electives (30)

  • CRJS 5110 - Criminal Justice Legislation and Policy
  • CRJS 5120 - Qualitative Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CRJS 5130 - Critical Criminology
  • CRJS 5140 - Investigative Criminology and Offender Profiling
  • CRJS 5150 - Typologies of Crime and Criminal Behavior
  • CRJS 5160 - Theories and Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation
  • CRJS 5170 - Crime Analysis
  • CRJS 5180 - Contemporary Issues in Victimology
  • CRJS 5190 - Violence and Victimization
  • CRJS 5200 - Restorative/Community Justice
  • CRJS 5240 - Crime Mapping
  • CRJS 5530 - US Marshals Practicum
  • CRJS 5540 - DEA Practicum
  • CRJS 5550 - ATF Practicum
  • CRJS 5560 - Forensics Practicum
  • CRJS 5570 - Trial Skills Practicum
  • CRJS 5580 - FBI Practicum
  • CRJS 5700 - Restorative Justice: Behind Bars
  • CRJS 5910 - Special Topics
  • CRJS 5950 - Internship
  • CRJS 5960 - Independent Study
  • CRJS 5970 - Teaching Assistantship
  • CRJS 5980 - Research Assistantship
  • CRJS 5990 - Thesis
  • COUN 5100 - Fundamental Counseling Skills
  • COUN 5110 - Counseling Theories
  • COUN 5130 - Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling
  • PUBM 5310 - Public Budgeting
  • PUBM 5720 - Administrative Law

With no more than two courses from the following joint undergraduate/graduate courses. Students may take up to two (6 credits) to fulfill MACJ elective course requirements. However, dual degree students may not double-count these courses toward both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements,

  • CRJS 5220 - Issues in Contemporary Law Enforcement
  • CRJS 5230 - Punishment and Social Theory
  • CRJS 5260 - Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • CRJS 5500 - The Psychopath
  • CRJS 5600 - Forensic Anthropology
  • CRJS 5650 - Crime Scene and Medicolegal Death Investigation
  • CRJS 5810 - Murder, Movies and Copycat Crime

Consult the Graduate Catalog for details on different specialization tracks within the MA program, including Investigative Criminology, Research and Evaluation, and Victimization.

VI. Comprehensive Exam/Thesis

Students have the option of taking the comprehensive exam or completing a Master’s Thesis. Please see the current Graduate Catalog for detailed descriptions of the comprehensive exam and thesis option.

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