College or School: 
College of Liberal Arts
Degree: 
Bachelor of Arts
Program Type: 
Bachelor
Level: 
Undergraduate
Department: 
Criminal Justice
Campus: 
Dayton
Four Year Graduation Plan: 
Three Year Degree Plan: 
Program Description: 

Criminal Justice (CRJ) is an interdisciplinary program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The program is designed to develop knowledge of the criminal justice system, theories of criminal behavior, institutions formed to ensure public safety and enforce the law, and the law. Student core competencies will be developed and required in areas of (1) analytical and ethical decision making; (2) the use of technology; (3) methods of collecting and using data; and (4) communicating to diverse people and through diverse media. 

Students admitted into the CRJ program must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 and have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours including ENG 1010 and 1020 with a grade of "C" or higher, plus three other General Education courses from Areas II, III, or IV. Majors are required to complete five criminal justice core requirements, including an internship; seven courses across four criminal justice foundation areas (including Behavior, Institutions and Practices, Law, and Diversity and Ethics), and three criminal justice electives.

Program Requirements: 

 

  Hours
I. Wright State Core 38
Element 1: Communication 6
Element 2: Mathematics 3
Element 3: Global Traditions 6
Element 4: Arts and Humanities 3
Element 5: Social Sciences 6
Element 6: Natural Sciences 8
Additional Core Courses 6
   
II. Departmental Requirements 45
PLS 4420 OR SOC 3710 OR URS 4280 3
PLS 4840 OR SOC 3000 OR URS 4950 3
SOC 3700 or SOC 4700 3
PLS 3420 OR PLS 3430 OR PLS 4360 3
SOC 3410 OR URS 4990 3
Foundation Areas   

Area 1. Behavior (Choose 6 hours)

PLS 4350, PSY 2000 Psychology of incarceration (this section only), PSY 3110, SOC 3210, SOC 3220, SOC 3700, SOC 4700, SOC 4710

6

Area 2. CJ Institutions & Practices (Choose 6 hours)

PLS 3210/URS 3210, PLS 3220, PLS 3410 PLS 3440, PLS 3450/URS 3450, PLS 4420, PLS 4450, PSY 2000 Forensics (this section only), SOC 3710, SOC 3720, SOC 3730, SOC 3740, URS 4280, URS4420

6

Area 3. Law (Choose 3 hours)

PHL 4140, PLS 3400, PLS 3420, PLS 3430, PLS 4170, PLS 4360, PLS 4370, PLS 4400, SOC 3730

3

Area 4. Ethics & Diversity (Choose 6 hours)

PHL 3110, PHL 3120, PHL 3780, PLS 4180, PLS 3750, PLS 4040, PLS 4180, PLS 4480, PLS 4490, PLS 4520, PLS 4740, PSY 2100, PSY 2110, PSY 2510, SOC 3600, SOC 3610, SOC 3620, SOC 4600, SOC 4610, SOC 4630, URS 3300,

6

Advanced Criminal Justice Electives (Choose 9 hours from any additional courses from Areas 1-4 above and)

CNL 4610, GEO 4430, GEO 4440, PLS 4010, PLS 4040 PLS 4040, PLS 4070, PLS 4090, PLS 4160, PLS 4170, PLS 4210, PLS 4260, PSL 4310, PLS 4380, PLS 4390, PLS 4410, PLS 4440 (repeatable), PLS 4710, PLS 4720, PLS 4870, PLS 3460/URS 3460, PLS4460/URS 4230, PLS/URS 4270, PSY 2910, PSY 3510, SOC 3230 (1 hour), SOC 3240 (2 hours), SOC 4310, SOC 3320, SOC 4090 (repeatable, criminal justice-related titles only), SOC 4620, SOC 4830, URS 4300, URS 4340, URS 4430

9
   
III. Related Requirements  
   
IV. College Requirements 18

Foreign Language

Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language:

Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese,

Russian, Italian, Japanese, American Sign Language or other.

12
Methods of Inquiry  

Quantitative Methods

One Course from:

SOC 3400, URS 4980

3

Qualitative Methods

One Course from:

PHL 2150, PHL 2230, PHL 3230, PHL 4710, PHL 4720

3
   
V. Electives 23
   
Total 124

 

Faculty: 

Director Tracey Steele