Criminal Justice - B.S.

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:

  • Apply the historical contexts and knowledge of the American criminal justice system to current issues within the field.
  • Critically evaluate evidence using investigative theories and practices.
  • Research and analyze criminal justice issues to generate appropriate recommendations and/or actions.
  • Assess and resolve conflict situations using policies and procedures employed by criminal justice professionals.
  • Apply ethical strategies to address criminal justice agency/operations within diverse communities and/or global contexts.

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 Justice3
CJS1090Law Enforcement3
CJS3075Criminal Investigation3
CJS3850Homeland Security3
CJS4045Criminalistics with Lab3
CJS4080Criminal Justice Senior Seminar3
LAW3015Criminal Procedure3
LAW3025Criminal Law3
Major Electives
Choose three of the following:9
Criminal Courts
Juvenile Justice
Criminal Justice Ethics
Community Policing
Comparative Criminal Justice
Cyber Crimes
Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice
Advanced Topics in Criminalistics with Lab
Applied/Experiential Learning
ASCI4799College of Arts & Sciences Internship Ir12
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
PSCI2001International Relations and World Politics3
PSYC1001Introductory Psychology3
PSYC2002Abnormal Psychology3
REL2001Comparative Study of World Religions3
RSCH2050Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills3
SOC3060Deviant Behavior3
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses9
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities6
American Government
One course from ART, HUM‡, LIT, PHIL or REL
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
Statistics I
Choose one of the following:
Introduction to Life Science
Introduction to Exercise Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology
Social Sciences6
Sociology I
One course from ANTH°°, ECON, LEAD, PSCI or PSYC
A&S Electives6
Two courses with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
9 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university9
Total Credits121.0

IrWith department or college chair approval, Experiential Learning credits can be applied to a number of options in lieu of the required internship. Options include, but are not limited to, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses, or courses in a minor as relevant. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling experiential learning credits.    

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami.
¶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.

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 are assessed in 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 four JWU campuses, JWU Global — Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, 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. Where will you go?