Criminal Justice Requirements

These requirements are for students concentrating in corrections, law and justice or law enforcement. If you are concentrating in forensic science, click here for requirements.

Criminal Justice Major
Bachelor Degree (B.S. or B.A.)

 

Advisement: As a criminal justice student, you are encouraged to meet with a faculty advisor at least annually for course and program advisement.

If you are concentrating in law and justice, corrections, or law enforcement, your advisor will be based on your last name. If you are concentrating in forensic science, your advisor will be Dr. Brent Horn. He can be reached at brenthorn@weber.edu or 801-626-8843.

Click here for a list of advisors, or see the directory posted both inside and outside the Criminal Justice Office (SS218).

Minor: A minor or a double major is required. In lieu of a minor, an 18-hour emphasis may be selected in consultation with the department chair and only in those instances where a specific minor is not offered on a WSU campus.

 

Grade Requirements: A grade of “C” or better in all courses is required for this major, in addition to an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.

 

Course Requirements for B.S. or B.A. Degree

 

Students obtaining a major in criminal justice are required to complete 45 credit hours in courses with a CJ prefix. Of these, 18 credit hours must be upper-division courses numbering 3000 or above.

 

Core Courses Required (21 credit hours)

 

  • CJ SS 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
  • CJ 1330 Criminal Law (3)
  • CJ 3270 Theories of Crime and Delinquency (3)
  • CJ 4200 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CJ SI 3600* Criminal Justice Statistics (3)
  • CJ SI 4980** Research Methods (3)
  • CJ 4990*** Senior Seminar (3)

*Students may also take SOC, PSY, or GERT 3600 to meet the statistics requirement, but the credits will not apply toward the 45 credits required for the CJ major. As such, the student will be required to take an additional CJ elective.

** Statistics prerequisite

*** Must be senior standing (have a minimum of 90 credits)

 

Emphases

 

Select one emphasis listed below and complete 15 credit hours, or select a general emphasis of 15 credit hours from any combination. Courses taken in one emphasis may not be used to fill the requirement in another emphasis or as a part of CJ electives. Students interested in the forensic science emphasis should click here to view alternate requirements. They should also contact Dr. Brent Horn at brenthorn@weber.edu or 801-626-8843.

 

Law Enforcement (15 credit hours)

 

  • CJ 1340 Criminal Investigation (3)
  • CJ 1350 Intro to Forensic Science (3)
  • CJ 3020 CJ Management (3)
  • CJ DV 3040 Community Policing (3)
  • CJ 4100 Laws of Arrest, Search, & Seizure (3)
  • CJ 4160 Const Rights & Responsibilities (3)
  • CJ 4300 History of Law Enforcement (3)
  • CJ 2860/4860Field Experience (3-6)

 

Corrections (15 credit hours)

 

  • CJ 1300 Intro to Corrections (3)
  • CJ 2330 Juvenile Justice (3)
  • CJ 3020 CJ Management (3)
  • CJ 3060 Corrections in the Community (3)
  • CJ 3140 Corrections Law (3)
  • CJ 3350 The American Jail (3)
  • CJ DV 3360 Prisons- Contemporary Issues & Dilemmas (3)
  • CJ 2860/4860 Field Experience (3-6)

 

Law and Justice (15 credit hours)

 

  • CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence (3)
  • CJ 2360 Juvenile Law (3)
  • CJ 3080 Criminal Courts (3)
  • CJ 3140 Corrections Law (3)
  • CJ 4000 Critical Legal Studies (3)
  • CJ 4100 Laws Arrest, Search, Seiz (3)
  • CJ 4160 Const Rights/Responsibilities (3)
  • CJ 2860/4860 Field Experience (3-6)

 

General Emphasis (15 credit hours)

 

Students selecting this option will be required to propose a combination of 15 credit hours selected from any of the above emphases and discuss their proposal with the department chair.

 

Elective Courses

 

In addition to the 21 hours of core courses and the 15 hours in each area of emphasis, students are required to complete an additional 9 hours of criminal justice courses (with CJ prefixes) to be selected from the following (note: courses may not be counted twice):

 

CJ 1300 Intro to Corrections (3) CJ 3140 Corrections Law (3)
CJ 1340 Criminal Investigation (3) CJ 3300 Victimology (3)
CJ 1350 Intro to Forensic Science (3) CJ 3350 American Jail (3)
CJ 2110 Intro to Security (3) CJ DV 3360 Prison- Cont. Issues and Dilemmas (3)
CJ 2330 Juvenile Justice (3) CJ 3400 Drugs and Crime (3)
CJ 2340 Scientific Crime Scene Invest. (3) CJ 4000 Critical Legal Studies (3)
CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence (3) CJ 4060 Special Problems (3)
CJ 2360 Juvenile Law & Procedure (3) CJ 4100 Laws of Arrest Search & Seizure (3)
CJ 2810/4810 Experimental Courses (1-4) CJ 4110 Physical Methods Forensic Science (4)
CJ 2860/4860 Field Experience (3-6) CJ 4115 Friction Ridge Analysis (4)
CJ 2920/4920 Short Courses Workshops (1-4) CJ 4120 Advanced Methods Forensic Science (4)
CJ 3020 Criminal Justice Management (3) CJ 4160 Constitutional Rights and Resp. (3)
CJ DV 3040 Community Policing (3) CJ 4300 History Of Policing (3)
CJ 3060 Corrections in the Community (3) CJ 4700 Comparative CJ Systems (3)
CJ 3080 Criminal Courts (3) CJ 4830* Directed Readings, Special Projects (3)
CJ 3110 Issues in Security & Loss Prevention (3) CJ 4900 Current Issues in CJ (3)
CJ 3130 Investigation of Computer Crime (3) CJ 4950 Field Trips/Travel Study (1-6)

 

*Requires department chair approval

For a printable (PDF) version of the course requirements for criminal justice majors concentrating in law and justice, law enforcment or corrections, click here.