2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 30, 2022  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Crime and Justice Studies, BA

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Program Description:

Crime and Justice Studies (CJS) 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.

Admissions Requirements:

Students admitted into the CJS program must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of *2.0 and have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours including ENG 1010 with a grade of “C” or higher, plus two other General Education courses . Majors are required to complete five criminal justice core requirements, including an internship; seven courses across four criminal justice foundation areas (Behavior, Institutions and Practices, Law, and Ethics and Diversity), and three CJS electives.


Learning Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to explain the specific structures, operations, and roles of key participants within the US criminal justice system, including, but not limited to police, courts, corrections, and law.

Graduates will demonstrate effective writing skills conveying their overall knowledge of the components, policies, and research methods within field of criminal justice.  

Graduates will develop/hone career skills through experiential learning, which will enable them to transition into a career in criminal justice or related field.


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Program Requirements:

I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours

Element 1 - Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2 - Mathematics: 3 Hours

Element 3 - Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4 - Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5 - Social Sciences: 6 Hours

Element 6 - Natural Sciences: 8 Hours

Additional Core Courses: 6 Hours

Foundation Areas

Area 1. Behavior: 6 Hours

(Choose 6 hours)

Advanced Criminal Justice Electives: 9 Hours

(Choose 9 hours from any additional courses from Areas 1-4 above and)

III. Related Requirements

IV. College Requirements: 18-22 Hours

Foreign Language: 12-16 Hours

Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language: Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry

V. Electives: 15-19 Hours

Total: 120 Hours

Graduation Planning Strategy

The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

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