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Justice and Criminal Studies

Criminal justice scientifically examines the causes, personal and societal consequences, and effective preventative or rehabilitative responses to socially dysfunctional behavior, including crime, drug abuse, violence, prejudice, and human exploitation. The Justice and Criminal Studies Program at CNR enables students to become knowledgeable and compassionate criminal justice professionals. Graduates of this interdisciplinary program will be equipped to become criminal justice leaders with a deep understanding of the social, ethical, and political issues surrounding our system of justice, a solid grounding in the field’s knowledge and skills, and a creative and critical approach developed through a liberal arts education.

The Justice and Criminal Studies major draws upon a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to engage in broad questions of social and criminal justice.  Possible career tracks include:

  • Criminal law
  • Adult and juvenile corrections
  • Probation, parole, and supportive programs for ex-offenders
  • Substance abuse evaluation, referral and treatment
  • Mental health
  • Child welfare and protection services
  • Working with at-risk youth
  • Federal and State law enforcement
  • Security

Program Goals

Justice and Criminal Studies majors will:

  • Gain a solid grounding in the theoretical and empirical knowledge, values, and skills necessary for work as criminal justice professionals or as a foundation for further study;
  • Understand the complexity and inter-relatedness of issues of social and criminal justice, including inequalities and differential impacts of race/ethnicity, social class, and gender;
  • Understand the causes, personal and societal consequences, and effective preventative or rehabilitative responses to socially dysfunctional behavior such as crime, drug abuse, violence, prejudice and human exploitation;
  • Understand the history, current status, and contemporary problems of the US criminal justice system;
  • Appreciate the basic human dignity of persons deemed criminal or delinquent;
  • Appreciate the range of social scientific approaches to studying and understanding social problems and be able to think creatively and critically about them.

MAJOR IN JUSTICE AND CRIMINAL STUDIES (B.A.) REQUIREMENTS – 36-37 credits (27 Credits in Core + 9-10 credits in Electives)

 

The Justice and Criminal Studies Major requires 36-37 credit hours, including 27 credits in Core courses and 9-10 credits in elective courses.  Majors may choose from the list of general elective courses or may choose to focus their studies by completing a pre-selected Track in Social and Criminal Justice or in Youth and Justice. Justice and Criminal Studies majors may also wish to complete a Certificate in Forensic Studies at CNR in addition to their JCS degree.

 

Core Requirements (27 credits):

  • JCS 100 - Intro. to Justice and Criminal Studies  3 credits
  • SOC 250 - Criminology   3 credits
  • PHL/REL 230  -  Criminal Justice Ethics 3 credits
  • POS 280 - Law and the Courts  3 credits
  • SOW 220 - Social Science Research Methods  3 credits
  • PSY 361 - Abnormal Psychology  3 credits
  • SOC 404 - Police and Society  3 credits
  • JCS 497 - Justice and Criminal Studies Capstone   3 credits

Diversity Requirement: Choose One from 3 credits

  • SOC 210 - Racial & Ethnic Minorities
  • SOC/WMS 270 - Growing Up Female
  • SOW 319 - Human Behavior and Social Environment II: Diversity

Elective Courses: 9-10 credits

  • SOW 228 - Issues in Substance Abuse 3 credits
  • POS 350  - Constitutional Law  3 credits
  • FOS 101 & FOS 101L- Intro to Forensic Studies 4 credits
  • INS 409 - Viewpoints: Justice   3 credits
  • HIS 272 - Struggle for Civil Rights in America    3 credits
  • SOC 260 - Juvenile Delinquency  3 credits
  • PSY 242 - Adolescent Psychology  3 credits
  • INS 419 - Rise and Fall of the American Teenager 3 credits
  • SOW 227 -  Issues in Child Welfare    3 credits
  • JCS 495 - Internship in Criminal Justice  1-3 credits
 

Social and Criminal Justice Track: 9 credits

  • SOW 319 Human Behavior and Social Environment: Diversity
  • HIS 272 Struggle for Civil Rights in America
  • CHOOSE ONE: ; INS 409- Viewpoints: Justice or REL 246 Religious Dimensions of Peace & Justice

Youth and Justice Track: 9 credits

  • SOC 260 - Juvenile Delinquency
  • PSY 242 - Adolescent Psychology
  • CHOOSE ONE: INS 419 Rise and Fall of the American Teenager or SOW 227  Issues in Child Welfare

 

Forensic Studies Certificate:

Justice and Criminal Studies majors may also choose to complete the Forensic Studies Certificate.

Requirements for the Forensic Studies Certificate - 16 Credits

  • FOS 101 - Fundamentals of Forensic Science 4 cr.
  • FOS 101L - Fundamentals of Forensic Science Lab 0 cr.
  • POS 280 - Law and the Courts 3 cr.
  • PSY 361 - Abnormal Psychology 3 cr.
  • SOC 250 - Criminology 3 cr.
  • FOS 300 - Capstone Seminar in Forensic Studies 3 cr.

 

MINOR IN JUSTICE AND CRIMINAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS (18 credits):

  • JCS 1?? - Intro. to Justice and Criminal Studies 3 credit
  • SOC 250- Criminology 3 credit
  • PHL/REL 2?? Criminal Justice Ethics 3 credits
  • POS 280 - Law and the Courts 3 credits
  • PSY 361 - Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
  • SOC 404 - Police and Society 3 credit