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2012-2013 Catalog

School of Arts and Sciences

Criminal Justice (B.S.)



  1. Satisfy Core Curriculum Requirements for students entering college in Fall 1999 or after.  See “General Requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree.”

  2. Satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Science.
    Natural sciences with lab (for a total of 11 semester hours of natural sciences).

  3. Plan Requirements (26 upper division semester hours)
    CRIJ 1301 (required for students with less than 60 hours)
    ENGL 3430 Professional Writing CRIJ 3310 Foundations of Criminal Justice
    CRIJ 3314 Criminal Justice Administration CRIJ 3316 Ethics of Social Control
    CRIJ 3318 Criminology CRIJ 3324 Research Methods in Criminal Justice I
    CRIJ 4320 Senior Seminar CRIJ 4424 Research Methods in Criminal Justice II

    Notes:
    1. No more than one grade below “C” in these 26 s.h. will be accepted toward graduation.

    2. CRIJ 3310 and CRIJ 3318 are gateway courses and must be taken within the first two semesters of upper level coursework.

    3. All requirements for CRIJ 4320 Senior Seminar, including the CJ Senior Exam, must be passed with a letter grade of “C” or better for a student to be certified for graduation.  CRIJ 4320 must be taken at the University of Houston-Victoria.

  4. Plan Electives (15 upper division semester hours)
    1. Students transferring under the 2+2 agreement with articulated lower division coursework take 15 s.h. of upper division courses in Criminal Justice or Nonprofit Leadership.

    2. Students without 18-21 s.h. of lower division Criminal Justice courses take CRIJ 3321, CRIJ 4313, CRIJ 4321, and 6 s.h. of upper division Criminal Justice courses.

  5. Support Courses (6 upper division semester hours)
    1. 3 s.h. from PSYC 4311, PSYC 4312

    2. 3 s.h. from ANTH 3311, COMM 4314, HUMA 4323,  HUMA 4324

  6. Free Electives.  To satisfy 120 s.h. degree requirement and 54 s.h. upper division requirement.

These requirements are summarized in the following table:

Criminal Justice Plan

I. CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS
(42 total core hours required).
LD LD/UD UD TOTAL
    English Composition 6     6
    College Math or higher 3     3
    Natural Sciences 6     6
    Humanities 3     3
    Visual/Performing Arts 3     3
    U.S. History 6     6
    Political Science 6     6
    Social/Behavioral Science 3     3
    Speech 3     3
    Computer Literacy 3     3

II. PLAN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

LD

LD/UD

UD

TOTAL
    A. General
        ENGL 3430 Professional Writing     4 4
        Additional Natural Science with Labs 5     5
        CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice** 3     3
        CRIJ 3310 Foundations of Criminal Justice     3 3
        CRIJ 3314 Criminal Justice Administration     3 3
        CRIJ 3316 Ethics of Social Control     3 3
        CRIJ 3318 Criminology     3 3
        CRIJ 3324 Research Methods in Criminal Justice I     3 3
        CRIJ 4320 Senior Seminar     3 3
        CRIJ 4424 Research Methods in Criminal Justice II     4 4
    B. Plan Electives (15 s.h. of Upper Division CRIJ courses)     15 15
    C. Support Courses  (6 upper division semester hours)     6 6
III. FREE ELECTIVES (to fulfill hours’ requirements)
* TOTAL       120

*Total must be minimum of 120 s.h. with minimum of 54 s.h. at upper division level.
**CRIJ required for students with less than 60 hours.