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Criminal Justice

Major / Minor Requirements

The Criminal Justice Program offers both a major and minor in criminal justice.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

Criminal Justice Major

The criminal justice major consists of 40 credits, including a four-hour Senior Seminar. Students may choose to pursue either a criminal justice track or a pre-law track within the major. Students considering law school are encouraged to complete the pre-law track within the Criminal Justice major.

Common core (take all):

  • CRJ 1000 Criminal Justice System (4 credits)
  • CRJ 2260 Criminology (4 credits)
  • POL 1040 Introduction to Public Policy (4 credits)
  • POL 2910 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (4 credits)
  • CRJ 4990 or SOC 4990 or POL 4000 Senior Seminar (4 credits)

Criminal Justice Track:

Students who choose to complete the regular criminal justice major must take the following three courses for 12 credits:

  • CRJ 3010 Police and Society (4 credits)
  • CRJ 3020 American Courts (4 credits)
  • CRJ 3030 Corrections (4 credits)

Pre-Law Track:

Students who choose to pursue the pre-law track must take the following three courses for 12 credits:

  • POL 1910 Law and Society (4 credits)
  • POL 2400 American Government: National, State, and Local (4 credits)
  • POL 2900 Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers (4 credits)

Electives (choose two):

The remaining 8 credits for the criminal justice major, regardless of track pursued by the student, may be fulfilled by taking any two of the following courses:

  • CRJ 2100 Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision (4 credits)
  • CRJ 2700 Criminal Law (4 credits)
  • CRJ 200T/400T Topics (1-4 credits)
  • CRJ 3200 Restorative Justice (4 credits)
  • CRJ 3500 Field Placement (see advisor)
  • CRJ 3550 Internship (see advisor)
  • POL 2400 American Government: National, State, and Local (except for pre-law track) (4 credits)
  • POL 200T Legal Topics (1-4 credits)
  • POL 3350 Human Rights (4 credits)
  • POL 3530 Congress and the Presidency (4 credits)
  • POL 3900 Comparative Law (4 credits)
  • POL 3930 Environmental Law (4 credits)
  • SOC 2270 Juvenile Delinquency (4 credits)
  • SOC 2530 Race and Racisms (4 credits)
  • SOC 3020 Sociological Research I (4 credits)
  • SOC 3110 Deviance (4 credits)
  • SOC 3120 Elite Deviance (4 credits)
  • MGT 3600 Legal Environment of Business (4 credits)

Criminal Justice Minor

The criminal justice minor consists of 24 credits.


  • CRJ 1000 Criminal Justice System (4 credits)

Electives (choose five):

CRJ 2260 Criminology (4 credits)
CRJ 2700 Criminal Law (4 credits)
CRJ 3010 Police and Society (4 credits)
CRJ 200T/400T Topics in Criminal Justice (1-4 credits)
CRJ 3020 American Courts (4 credits)
CRJ 3030 Corrections (4 credits)
CRJ 3200 Restorative Justice (4 credits)
POL 1910 Law and Society (4 credits)
POL 200T/400T Topics in Political Science (if appropriate topic) (1-4 credits)
POL 2400 American Government: National, State, Local (4 credits)
POL 2910 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (4 credits)
POL 3350 Human Rights (4 credits)
POL 3900 Comparative Law (4 credits)
SOC 2270 Juvenile Delinquency (4 credits)
SOC 3500 Field Placement (see advisor)
SOC 3550 Internship (see advisor)

Current students, remember: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the program chair to ensure all requirements are met.

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