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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 36 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)
  • CRJ/SOC/WMG 2530 Race and Racisms (4 credits)
  • POL 2910 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (4 credits)
  • CRJ/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/SOC 3025 Social Problems in the City (4 credits)
  • CRJ/SOC 3030 Social Impacts of Mass Incarceration (4 credits)
  • CRJ/SOC 3035 Wrongful Convictions (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 and the Separation of Powers (4 credits)

Electives – choose ONE:

  • CRJ 2100 Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision (4 credits)
  • CRJ/SOC 2270 Juvenile Delinquency (4 credits)
  • CRJ 2700 Criminal Law (4 credits)
  • CRJ 200T/400T Topics (4 credits)
  • CRJ 3010 Police and Society (4 credits)
  • CRJ 3020 American Courts (4 credits)
  • CRJ/SOC 3025 Social Problems in the City* (4 credits)
  • CRJ/SOC 3030 Social Impacts of Mass Incarceration* (4 credits)
  • CRJ/SOC 3035 Wrongful Convictions* (4 credits)
  • CRJ 3200 Restorative Justice (4 credits)
  • CRJ 3300 Mock Trial (4 credits)
  • CRJ 3500 Field Placement (see advisor)
  • CRJ 3550 Internship (see advisor)
  • EDU 4340 Urban and Cultural Leadership (4 credits)
  • POL 1910 Law and Society** (4 credits)
  • POL 2400 American Government: National, State, and Local** (4 credits)
  • POL 2900 Constitutional Law and the Separation of Powers** (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 3110 Deviance (4 credits)
  • SWK 1300 Introduction to Social Justice and Social Welfare (4 credits)
  • SWK/WMG 2210 Family Violence (4 credits)
  • SWK 2400 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (4 credits)
  • SWK 2600 Ethics and Leadership in a Multicultural Society (4 credits)
  • WMG 1100 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (4 credits)

* These courses may only count toward the elective requirement for students in the pre-law track.
** These courses may NOT count toward the elective requirement for students in the pre-law track.

Criminal Justice Minor

The criminal justice minor consists of 20 credits.

Required:

  • CRJ 1000 Criminal Justice System (4 credits)
  • CRJ/SOC/WMG 2530 Race and Racisms (4 credits)

Electives – choose three:

  • CRJ 2100 Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision (4 credits)
  • CRJ 2260 Criminology (4 credits)
  • CRJ/SOC 2270 Juvenile Delinquency (4 credits)
  • CRJ 2700 Criminal Law (4 credits)
  • CRJ 200T/400T Topics in Criminal Justice (1-4 credits)
  • CRJ 3010 Police and Society (4 credits)
  • CRJ 3020 American Courts (4 credits)
  • CRJ/SOC 3025 Social Problems in the City (4 credits)
  • CRJ/SOC 3120 Crimes of the Powerful (4 credits)
  • CRJ 3200 Restorative Justice (4 credits)
  • CRJ 3300 Mock Trial (4 credits)
  • CRJ 3500 Field Placement (see advisor)
  • CRJ 3550 Internship (see advisor)
  • EDU 4340 Urban and Cultural Leadership (4 credits)
  • POL 2400 American Government: National, State, Local (4 credits)
  • POL 2900 Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers (4 credits)
  • POL 2910 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (4 credits)
  • POL 200T/400T Topics in Political Science (4 credits)
  • POL 3350 Human Rights (4 credits)
  • POL 3900 Comparative Law (4 credits)
  • POL 3930 Environmental Law (4 credits)
  • SOC 3110 Deviance (4 credits)
  • SWK 1300 Introduction to Social Justice and Social Welfare (4 credits)
  • SWK/WMG 2210 Family Violence (4 credits)
  • SWK 2400 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (4 credits)
  • SWK 2600 Ethics and Leadership in a Multicultural Society (4 credits)
  • WMG 1100 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (4 credits)

NOTE: Social work majors may only count one of the listed SWK courses toward a criminal justice minor.

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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