Explore the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice provides students with a strong foundation for success in practitioner settings and advanced graduate studies.
College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Criminal Justice Guided Pathway here.
Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Requirements
|CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice||3||This course offers a comprehensive survey of the administration and organization of criminal justice from arrest through final adjudication. The course begins with an overview of the criminal justice system followed by in-depth discussions on crime, victimization and criminal justice policy. Students are introduced to the evolution of the various components of the criminal justice system (police, prosecution, courts and corrections), the effects of each component and the role of discretion in each.|
|CRJ210 Law & Society||3||An introduction to the American judicial system and the main themes and events of American constitutional law since 1787. It introduces terms and concepts of law and legal history, focusing on three recurring themes in American public life - liberty, equality and property. Readings consist mostly of original court cases, especially from the U.S. Supreme Court, but with a focus on the historical connections between those cases and broader social, political and cultural trends.|
|CRJ250 Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Class||3||Provides students with an opportunity to analyze the roles of race, ethnicity, gender and class in crime and criminal justice systems. Covers historical and theoretical frameworks for understanding the relationship between socio-demographic factors and criminal justice.|
|CRJ270 Victimology||3||Study of risk factors in crime victimization, the impact of crimes upon victims and the role of the victim in the event and within the criminal justice system.|
|CRJ280 Juvenile Justice||3||Considers the problems surrounding the legal definition and handling of juveniles who encounter the criminal justice system as offenders, clients and victims. Attention is devoted to the study of the special legal categories and procedures established for juveniles, the challenges facing professionals providing juvenile services and the most significant directions of legal and social change affecting youth in our society.|
|CRJ281 Policing in America||3||Examines the history, evolution and organization of the police in the United States and their role in society, the structure and culture of police organizations, function and activities of the police, and police deviance and accountability.|
|CRJ282 Corrections||3||Examines the concept of punishment and its form, function(s) and enforcement throughout history, with an emphasis on current sentencing policies and procedures and their impact on the corrections system. Explores the operation, structure, clientele and issues confronting the institutions, agencies and programs encompassing the corrections system including jails, prisons, and probation and parole.|
|CRJ283 Criminal Justice Admin.||3||Provides students with an overview of issues related to criminal justice organization and management within public administrative systems. These include the manner in which criminal justice agencies deal with crime and criminological issues, as well as how such agencies are organized and managed to find ways to deal with the crime problem in the context of economic, social and political factors. Students become familiar with the operations of criminal justice organization and management and how individuals navigate and work with criminal justice agencies to address crime-related issues.|
|CRJ285 Criminal Procedure||3||A comprehensive study of the investigative and adjudicatory stages of the criminal process, through trial, including an analysis of constitutional and statutory provisions, and judicial decisions (particularly those of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Vermont Supreme Court) governing the various procedural steps in the administration of criminal justice in federal and state courts.|
|CRJ310 Criminology||3||With a primary focus on the role of crime and criminals in society, this course explores the nature and dynamics of crime, criminals, victims, society, law and public policy. Through critical analysis, students identify how and why widely varying theories about crime are adopted at particular times in history and in certain circumstances, assesses policy implications in light of social justice principles; and informs students' understanding of the justifications offered for subsequent institutional responses to crime.|
|CRJ312 Criminal Law||3||Discusses the rules, principles and doctrines of criminal liability in the United States. The historical development, limits and functions of the substantive criminal law. Addresses moral, philosophical, constitutional and public policy considerations in the use of criminal sanctions to regulate conduct.|
|CRJ320 Internship I in CRJ||3||Field experience in a local, state or federal criminal justice or private security agency. Includes orientation, observation, conferences and work experience. Students will complete a minimum of 120 clock hours in the field during the semester. Prerequisites: CRJ101, 210, 230, 240, 285, 310 and 350; minimum 2.5 GPA in major. Restricted to majors.|
|CRJ340 Corporate & White Collar Crime||3||Introduces students to various topics and issues in the areas of corporate and white-collar crime. Examines a variety of special topics such as definitional issues, the nature and extent of white-collar crimes, detection, measurement, crime types, case studies, the etiology of offending and adjudication and sentencing.|
|CRJ430 Current Issues in Criminal Justice||3||Detailed exploration of various issues in crime, criminal behavior, policing, corrections, juvenile delinquency and/or international criminal justice.|
|CRJ440 Criminal Justice Seminar (Capstone course)||3||Capstone course consisting of development and production of senior-level research paper grounded in relevant criminal justice theory and practice. Emphasis on integration of knowledge acquired in previous courses. Prerequisite: all required CJ core courses must be completed.|
|HUS317 Foundations of Alcohol and Substance Abuse||3||This course explores issues of substance abuse and chemical dependency with a discussion of the relationships between mood-altering substances and behavior, including tobacco and caffeine. The course will discuss other aspects of addiction such as gambling, family dysfunctions and behavioral and personality disorders, and other co-occurring mental health disorders which can be causative and resultant factors associated with addiction. Phases of addiction and recovery and current treatment approaches for children and adults will be explored (such as 12 step, peer support, medical, psychosocial, relapse prevention and intervention models), with opportunities for practice and field work provided. Information related to the spectrum of institutional and community-based services will be reviewed along with information related to promoting health maintenance and prevention of diseases (such as HIV/AIDS, STDs, Tuberculosis (TB) and other infectious diseases.|
Criminal Justice Elective Courses**
|Criminal Justice Elective Courses||6||CRJ263; CRJ314; CRJ315; CRJ420; Approved CRJ and PSA Courses|
General Education Core
|ENG103 College Composition I: Engaged Citizens||3||The course examines what it means to be an engaged citizen in 21-centry America. By exploring foundation documents such as the Declaration of Independence and early Greek democracies, along with modern interpretations of participatory citizenship, this class asks students to question what makes a person an engaged citizen. Students will write frequently in the course, culminating in a research paper. Students will also give multiple in-class presentations and work collaboratively.|
|ENG104 College Composition II: Engaged Citizens||3||This course uses poetry, drama and short fiction to explore what it means to be an engaged 21st century citizen. Students will read a variety of texts from early Greek drama to modern multicultural short stories as they examine what it means to participate in citizenship. Students will write frequently, culminating in a research paper. Students will also present and work collaboratively on projects.|
|ACT111 First Year Experience – Part I||1||Through a variety of activities, students will be introduced to college resources and opportunities in the College community. Class activities will be directed toward helping students take responsibility for their own learning, career exploration and becoming engaged in college activities and activities of civic engagement. Course topics will include goal setting, academic advisement, study skills, note taking, time management and research. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Course cannot be repeated. Freshmen course.|
|ACT112 First Year Experience – Part 2||1||Through a variety of activities and learning opportunities, students will explore career options and major choices, as well as participate in research writing and in-class presentations. Topics include focused career inventories, interviews with local non- profits and guided research projects, leading to a research paper and presentation. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Freshman course.|
|SCI105 Life Science I||3||SCI105 Life Science I
This is a liberal arts, interdisciplinary life science course covering basic concepts that includes the scientific method, the organization and complexity of living organisms, cells, energy transfer, the diversity of living organisms and animal physiology. This course is suitable for all majors except health science and radiography majors and counts toward the natural science component of the College General Education Core Curriculum.
|PSY102 Introduction to Psychology||3||This course provides an overview of the major areas of psychological study including biology and behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, abnormal psychology, and therapy. Historical and current theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior will be reviewed and the student will be introduced to scientific methods of inquiry in psychology. This is a basic course intended for both Psychology majors and others interested in the field of Psychology.|
|PHI301 Ethics for the Professional||3||An examination of the most general goals, ideals, rules, and principles governing the individual and professional within the conceptual framework of responsibility to the client, the profession, and society. Students will be introduced to the subject matter of ethics and a variety of ethical theories. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the professional, professional/client relationships, and issues such as confidentiality, informed consent, and deception. The course will utilize case studies from a broad variety of professions.|
|MAT202 Statistics||3||Applies statistical procedure to different areas of life. Course examines descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, binomial and normal distributions, regression and correlation.|
|CRJ350 Forensic Science||3||Provides students with knowledge and skills in the application of scientific principles and technological applications to further the purpose of justice in the study and resolution of criminal, civil and regulatory issues. $50 lab fee. Prerequisite: SCI105 or SCI106 for CRJ majors only.|
(MAT101 or BUS102)
|3||MAT101 Survey of Mathematics
A broad overview of significant mathematical concepts. The course provides a concentrated introduction to selected topics. Concepts that will be covered include set operations, number systems, consumer mathematics as well as basic algebra, geometry, probability and statistics.
Or BUS102 Business Math
Teaches practical applications and skills which will be useful in a business career and in functioning as a concerned consumer. Subjects of study include: bank reconciliation, payroll, use of percents, simple interest, annuities, present value, future value, taxes, mark up and mark down, and financial statement analysis. Satisfies General Education math requirement.
|Fine Arts Elective||3||The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice requires students to take three Fine Arts credits.|
|REL206 Faith Traditions||3||This course provides students with the foundational concepts and beliefs of the major faith traditions with an emphasis on how these beliefs can be accommodated in the workplace and classroom. Students will read primary belief texts, write papers on ways these beliefs are embodied and perform in-class presentations.|
|History Elective||3||The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice requires students to take one of the following:
HIS101 World Civilization I
HIS102 World Civilization II
HIS103 US History I
HIS104 US History II
|English Elective||3||The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice requires students to take one of the following:
ENG210 British Literature
ENG211 American Literature
ENG212 World Literature
|INT201 Conflict, Cooperation and Community||3||This course provides students with frameworks to engage in healthy conflict resolution, as well as the tools to promote interpersonal cooperation. Students will engage in cross- cultural community building, research various strategies for the promotion of cooperation and present findings to their peers. Additionally, the course will require students to demonstrate what they have learned in class in a variety of out-of-classroom experiences.|
|ACT402 Unity Seminar||2||This seminar course asks students to look back on their time at the College and reflect on how courses and co-curricular activities informed their growth as people and students. Students will construct a portfolio demonstrating the core values of the college and present their findings to their peers.|
|General Electives||23||No CRJ courses may be used to satisfy this requirement.|
A minimum of 33 credits must be taken at College of St. Joseph (regardless of the number of credits transferred), 18 of which must be upper level courses (3/400); 12 of these must be in the criminal justice major with at least 9 credits at the upper level.
At the time of matriculation, students may request to transfer credits completed at a regionally accredited college or university if they earned a grade of “C-” or better in the course(s).
Note: In-service students should discuss these requirements with their Criminal Justice adviser. Transfer students from criminal justice programs in other schools are urged to review their transcript evaluation with their adviser or the Registrar’s Office. They must satisfy the general education and academic major requirements, regardless of the number of criminal justice credits transferred.