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Criminal Justice is the study of the causes, consequences and control of crime. Like other new and developing fields, criminal justice is difficult to define, as it draws from a number of different disciplines, including psychology, public administration, philosophy, political science, sociology and law. 

The program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice is designed to acquaint pre-service and in-service students with the principles and practices of criminal justice in America. Although the department's curriculum allows for the development of depth in one of the subject's substantive subsystems (i.e., law enforcement, courts or corrections), the overriding objective is to familiarize students with activities in all the above areas. 

The department is both academic and professional in that it is an interdisciplinary attempt to relate intellectual issues and practitioner perspectives to the challenge of crime in a free society. In this regard, the department provides preparation for employment with a related agency and/or further study (e.g., law school).

Criminal Justice Five Year Strategic Plan 2023-2028

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Admission Requirements For Transfer Students

For Fall 2019

  • To be considered for priority admission to the Criminal Justice Program, applicants must have a GPA of 2.8 or above and have completed Criminal Justice 100 (or equivalent course) completed with a grade of C or better by the end of the Spring term.
  • Applicants that do not have met this requirement will be placed on a waitlist and will be considered for admission based on space availability.
  • It is recommended that prospective students utilize the course articulation information on the ASSIST website to determine how your course matches the requirement.

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