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Criminal Justice

Coordinator, Charles B. Adams

The Criminal Justice Major is focused on providing educational opportunities at the bachelor level for a diverse student population of Maryland citizens and the global community. We are committed to course offerings that enhance opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional development for students matriculating at the university. The program will provide students with access and research opportunities related to law, social justice, community advocacy, forensic science and more; it will also provide the community with servant leadership, and who are socially, politically and globally conscious practitioners and problem solvers.

Students who major in Criminal Justice have the option of pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree or the Bachelor of Art degree (language required). This major provides students with 36 semester hours of a "core" that emphasizes training in theory and research methodology. Students then focus their studies in forensic science, community based- corrections, and social justice (24 hours). The concentrations provide students with 24 hours, including a practicum or field experience course. All students are required to enroll in CRJU 414 Seminar in Criminal Justice during their senior year.

Majors are required to earn at least a "C" grade in all Criminal Justice courses in their major program. After completing ENGL 101 and ENGL 102, Composition and Literature I and II, students must take and successfully pass the Bowie State University's English Proficiency Examination. Transfer students who completed their English composition requirements must take the English Proficiency Examination during their first semester of enrollment at the University. To receive a BA/BS in criminal justice, the student must successfully complete 120 semester hours.

Exceptions to or substitutions for the following major requirements are considered only through a formal process of departmental recommendations.

BACHELOR OF ARTS/SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

REQUIRED FOR MAJOR - Criminal Justice CORE COURSES (36 hours)

*CRJU 201

Introduction to Criminal Justice

 

*CRJU 202

American Judicial System

 

*CRJU 203

American Corrections

 

*CRJU 327

Theories

 

CRJU 316

Advanced Criminal Procedure and Evidence

 

*CRJU 328

Race, Class and Gender and Criminal Justice

 

SOCI 400

Practicum in Criminal Justice (Senior year)

3

CRJU 403

Criminalistics I

 

SOCI 309

Elementary Statistics in Sociology

 

SOCI 412

Methods of Sociological Research

 

SOCI 413

Data Analysis

 

CRJU 418

Seminar in Criminal Justice

 


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE/ ARTS CRIMINAL JUSTICE

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires 12 hours in a foreign language

In order to earn a degree, a student must complete 120 hours. Of these, 40-41 are

General Education Requirements and 6 are Institutional Requirements as follows:

INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENT (6 semester hours)

FRSE 101 Freshman Seminar (not required for transfer students with 12 or more semester hours)

Transfer students not taking Freshman Seminar MUST SUBSTITUTE THREE (3) OTHER SEMESTER HOURS TO BE INCLUDED IN THEIR TOTAL OF 120 HOURS.

HEED 102 Contemporary Health or

IDIS 210 Contemporary Health Issues of Women 3

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (40-41 semester hours)

English Composition (6 semester hours) - Two courses in English composition 

ENGL 101 Expository Writing

3

ENGL 102 Argument and Research

3

After completing ENGL 101 and ENGL 102, Expository Writing and Argument and Research, students must take and successfully pass the Bowie State University English Proficiency Examination. Transfer students who completed their English Composition requirements must take the English Proficiency Examination during their first semester of enrollment at the University.

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) - One course in each of two disciplines

DISCIPLINE COURSES: Philosophy, Communications, Theatre, Art, Music, and Modern Languages

Arts/Humanities         

3

Arts/Humanities

3

Social Science (6 Credits)

*Criminal Justice Majors must take Sociology 101

Must include 3 semester hours of African American History and 3 semester hours Introduction to Sociology

Discipline Courses:

HIST 114 African-American History to 1865 or

 

HIST 115 African-American History since 1865

3

SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology

3

Natural Science (7-8 semester hours) - Two science courses, at least one of which shall be a laboratory course

DISCIPLINE COURSES: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Science. Students may not take two courses from the same area, and a Biology course must have an associated lab.

____ ___ Science

4

____ ___ Science

or 4

Mathematics (3 semester hours) - One course in mathematics

Math 116  Intro. Math Ideas or

3

Math 118  Finite Math or

3

Math 125  College Algebra

3

Technology (3 semester hours) - One course in technology

Discipline Courses: Business Information Systems or Computer Science

COSC 110  Computer Literacy and Applications

3

Free General Education Electives (9 semester hours) - Departmental advisement, chosen from any category within the General Education Course List. One of the general elective must be ECON 211 Macroeconomics

Courses numbered "100" or less in Communication Skills and in Mathematics are developmental courses and as such are not included in the 120 credit hour graduation requirement, and thus constitute additional semester hours beyond 120 hour requirement.

SAMPLE PROGRAM

FRESHMAN YEAR

Sem. Hrs.

First Semester

 

SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology            

3

ENGL 101 Expository Writing

3

FRSE 101 Freshman Seminar

3

____ ___ Math Gen Ed

3

____ ___ Arts & Humanities Gen Ed

3

 

15

Second Semester

 

CRJU 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice  

3

____ ___ Technology Gen Ed

3

ENGL 102 Expository Writing

3

____ ___ Natural Science Gen Ed

4

____ ___ Gen Ed Free Elective

3

 

16

SOPHOMORE YEAR

 

First Semester

 

____ ___ Natural Science Gen Ed

3

HEED 102 Contemporary Health or

 

IDIS 210 Contemporary Health Issues of Women

3

HIST 114 African-American History to 1865 or

 

HIST 115 African-American History since 1865

3

CRJU 202 American Judicial Systems

3

____ ___ Gen Ed Free Elective or

 

____ ___ Foreign Language  

3

 

15

Second Semester

 

CRJU 203 American Corrections

3

____ ___ Gen Ed Free Elective

3

CRJU 327 Theories

3

____ ___ Foreign Language or

 

____ ___ General Ed Elective           

3

SOCI 412 Methods of Sociological Research

3

 

15

JUNIOR YEAR

 

First Semester

 

CRJU 316 Advanced Criminal Procedures

3

SOCI 309 Elementary Statistics

3

CRJU 403 Criminalistics I

3

CRJU 328 Race, Gender and Class and Criminal Justice      

3

____ ___ Criminal Justice Electives  

3

 

15

Second Semester

 

____ ___ Criminal Justice Electives  

3

____ ___Criminal Justice Electives

3

____ ___ General Elective

3

____ ___ Criminal Justice Electives

3

____ ___ Criminal Justice Electives  

3

 

15

SENIOR YEAR

 

First Semester

3

____ ___ Criminal Justice Electives  

3

____ ___  General Elective    

3

SOCI 413 Data Analysis in Sociology

3

____ ___ General Elective

3

____ ___ General Elective

3

 

15

Second Semester

 

CRJU 418 Seminar in Criminal Justice

3

SOCI/CRJU 400 Practicum in Criminal Justice

3

____ ___ General Elective

3

____ ___ General Elective

2

____ ___ General Elective

14