Criminal Justice - B.S.

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The Criminal Justice bachelor's degree program prepares students for professional careers in the field of criminal justice. Through this course of study, students are expected to acquire the communication, logic, critical thinking and ethical reasoning skills essential for both the understanding of complex global and domestic criminal justice issues and for effective career performance and progression.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Explain the historical backgrounds, agencies, professions, purposes, functions and administration of the American criminal justice system.
  • Analyze, evaluate and apply social science research methods to complex issues within the criminal justice system.
  • Apply criminological theories and causes of crime, and appropriate methods of control and prevention of criminal behavior to situational contexts within the American criminal justice system.
  • Explain the complex responsibilities, procedures and policies of law enforcement agencies operating in the American criminal justice system.
  • Critically evaluate evidence used to support criminal justice issues and generate appropriate recommendations.
  • Explain conflicts that arise in diverse communities in relation to criminal justice administration.

The program’s judicious mix of criminal justice and arts and sciences courses is intended to develop and enhance each student’s critical thinking and effective communication skills, as well as their appreciation for diversity, citizenship, leadership and public service. In keeping with the unique curriculum and varied career opportunities available to graduates of the Criminal Justice program, students are encouraged to take advantage of available internship, study abroad and elective course opportunities that target their specific interests and goals.

Graduates of the program are prepared for a wide variety of criminal justice employment at the local, national and federal levels including careers in court administration, private investigation, airport security and social services, or as a federal agent, police officer or border patrol agent, among many others.

Criminal Justice

A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Major Courses
CJS1002Introduction to Criminal Justice4.5
CJS1070Criminal Courts4.5
CJS1090Law Enforcement4.5
CJS2150Criminal Justice Ethics4.5
CJS3075Criminal Investigation4.5
CJS3450Comparative Criminal Justice4.5
CJS3850Homeland Security4.5
CJS4030Criminal Justice Research Methods4.5
CJS4045Criminalistics with Lab4.5
CJS4080Criminal Justice Senior Seminar4.5
LAW3015Criminal Procedure4.5
LAW3025Criminal Law4.5
Major Electives
Choose two of the following:9
College of Arts & Sciences Internship (Students may choose 9 credits of internship to satisfy this requirement)
Juvenile Justice
Cyber Crimes
Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice
Advanced Topics in Criminalistics with Lab
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
PSCI2001International Relations and World Politics4.5
PSYC1001Introductory Psychology4.5
PSYC2002Abnormal Psychology4.5
REL2001Comparative Study of World Religions4.5
SOC3060Deviant Behavior4.5
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities9
American Government
One course from ART, HUM‡, LIT or PHIL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Introduction to Life Science
Exercise Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
Social Sciences9
Sociology I
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or PSYC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher.
Free Electives #
22.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university22.5
Total Credits181.0

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‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.