William P. Bloss, Chair, 247 Rivers Building
The Department of Criminal Justice offers the bachelor of science in criminal justice, minor in criminal justice, minor in forensic science and master of science in criminal justice. Program admission is competitive and admission to the university and/or achieving a minimum 2.0 GPA does not guarantee admission to criminal justice courses or the BS or minor degree programs.
To declare the criminal justice major, students must complete JUST 1000 with a grade of C (2.0) or higher and have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher. Transfer students can declare the criminal justice major upon entry to the university if JUST 1000 has been completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher. Criminal justice majors and criminal justice minors must complete all JUST courses with a grade of C (2.0) or higher and are expected to maintain an overall 2.0 GPA throughout the program.
In addition to the above requirements, to be admitted to the minor in forensic science, students need to have a minimum overall 2.5 GPA. They are also expected to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 throughout the program.
The major in criminal justice is designed to prepare students for entrance into professional positions in the field of criminal justice, graduate studies, or law school. The program requires a mandatory field internship to be undertaken during the final semester of the program. Students with sufficient criminal justice work experience may request from the departmental chair an exemption from the internship. Field placement settings include probation and parole agencies, juvenile facilities, public and private law offices, federal and state prisons, and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Students must submit an application one semester prior to completing requirements for the degree; they must have an overall 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for consideration.