Criminal Justice

Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science

Nature of Program

The Criminal Justice program is designed to provide a multidisciplinary understanding of crime and the criminal justice system, while increasing the student's ability to critically analyze issues associated with the field of criminal justice. The program prepares students for local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, courts, homeland security, investigation, and related careers. The program also offers an excellent background for those wishing to pursue graduate studies or law school. Among its notable features are courses in criminal law, law enforcement administration, criminal investigations, corrections, juvenile justice, research methodology, and a semester-long capstone practicum internship.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Requirements (2B, 5, and 6)10
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
ENGL 305Technical Writing3
MATH 123Finite Mathematics 1 (GEF 3)3
ECON 225Elementary Business and Economics Statistics (GEF 8)3
POLS 220State and Local Government (GEF 8)3
POLS 313American Constitutional Law3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)3
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology (GEF 8)3
SOCA 221Families and Society3
SOCA 232Criminology3
SOCA 235Race and Ethnic Relations (GEF 7)3
SOCA 302Deviant Behavior3
SOCA 311Social Research Methods3
SOCA 360Women and Men in Society3
SOCA 430World Religions3
CJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 202Principles of Criminal Law3
CJ 310Law Enforcement Administration3
CJ 320Courts and Judicial Systems3
CJ 475Seminar in Criminal Justice-Capstone3
HUMS 100Community Service1
HUMS 210Introduction to Welfare3
HUMS 320Public Administration3
HUMS 489Practicum Capstone Internship6
Restricted Electives (6 credits must be 300-400 level)24
Fraud Management: Legal/Ethical Issues
Juvenile Justice
Drugs, Crime and Society
Correctional Counseling
Community Based Corrections
Criminal Investigations
Interviewing Theory
Crime Scenes
Introduction to American Government
Terrorism and National Security
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Anthropology
Social Problems in Contemporary America
Social Stratification Social and Power in American Society
Gender and Crime
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
WVUE 1911SOCA 101 (GEF 8)3
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
CJ 1013HUMS 2103
MATH 123 (GEF 3)3SOCA 2323
GEF 2B4Elective3
GEF 53 
 17 15
Second Year
PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3HUMS 1001
CJ 2023POLS 220 (GEF 8)3
ENGL 3053SOCA 2213
Restricted Elective3ECON 225 (GEF 8)3
Elective3Restricted Elective6
 15 16
Third Year
SOCA 3023SOCA 235 (GEF 7)3
SOCA 3113CJ 3103
HUMS 3203CJ 3203
SOCA 3603SOCA 4303
Restricted Elective3Restricted Elective (300-400)3
 15 15
Fourth Year
POLS 3133HUMS 4896
CJ 4753Restricted Electives 6
GEF 63 
Restricted Elective (300-400)3 
 15 12
Total credit hours: 120

Law Enforcement Area of Emphasis

CJ 233Juvenile Justice3
CJ 324Drugs, Crime and Society3
CJ 410Criminal Investigations3
POLS 400Terrorism and National Security3
Total Hours12

Corrections Area of Emphasis

CJ 233Juvenile Justice3
CJ 240Correctional Counseling3
CJ 316Community Based Corrections3
SOCA 207Social Problems in Contemporary America3
Total Hours12

Major Learning Goals

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program has the following learning outcomes:

  • The student will be able to critically analyze decision points and outcome potentials at each stage of the criminal justice process.
  • The student will be able to apply scientific methods to criminal justice research issues.
  • The student will be able to effectively communicate in written and verbal form.
  • The student will become culturally competent and know the importance of diversity within the criminal justice system and the community.

Department of Social Sciences & Public Administration Minors

criminal justice

minor code - ut21

A 2.0 GPA is required for all courses counted toward the minor.
Required Courses
CJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 233Juvenile Justice3
Select three of the following courses:9
Fraud Management: Legal/Ethical Issues
Law Enforcement Administration
Courts and Judicial Systems
Criminal Investigations
Public Administration
American Constitutional Law
Terrorism and National Security
Deviant Behavior
Social Research Methods
Total Hours15


minor code - ut05

Must have 18 credit hours and 9 hours must be 300 or 400 level courses
Required Courses
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 301Intermediate Micro-Economic Theory3
Select three of the following:9
Elementary Business and Economics Statistics
Money and Banking
Managerial Economics
Collective Bargaining
Public Economics
Other ECON courses may be accepted with advisor approval.
Total Hours18

political science


Must have 18 credit hours and 9 hours must be 300 or 400 level courses.
Required Courses
POLS 102Introduction to American Government3
POLS 260Introduction to International Relations3
POLS 319Comparative Government3
Select three of the following courses:9
Global Political Issues
State and Local Government
American Constitutional Law
Terrorism and National Security
Public Administration
Advisor Approved POLS and HUMS Courses
Total Hours18


minor code - UT19

Must have 18 hours of sociology courses and 9 hours must be in 300 or 400 level sociology courses.
A 2.0 GPA is required for all courses counted toward the minor.
Required Courses
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology3
Sociology (SOCA) Electives15
(must include at least 9 credit hours of upper division courses)
Women in Appalachia (may be included as part of the Sociology minor)
Total Hours18



  • Dr. Janis Rezek - PhD
    Sociology with emphasis in Gender relations

Assistant professor

  • Dr. George Coroian - JD & PhD