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Emphasis - Homeland Security

B.S.C.J in Criminal Justice


The course of study leading to the B.S.C.J. degree offers students the opportunity to study law enforcement, corrections, or homeland security/emergency management and the administration of justice.

Minimum Total Credit Hours: 124

Goals/Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate students in a learning environment conducive to excellence in meeting the complex challenges present in justice- related services. Our faculty's goal is to expand the knowledge base and to integrate cutting-edge information into the learning experiences of students. In addition, the Department of Legal Studies' mission is to extend service to our constituents to enhance learning, program development, and justice-related service in Mississippi, the region, and the nation.

General Education Requirements

The general education requirements for the B.S.C.J. degree include Engl 101 (3), Liba 102 or Engl 102 (3), 200-level literature (6), humanities (3), fine arts (3), history (6), sociology or political science (3), social science (3), Math 115 and a more advanced mathematics course (6), natural science with lab (6-8). Also, a student must take general electives to bring the total hours to 124.

Students must complete a minor.

Course Requirements

The B.S.C.J. degree requires the following 45 credit hours of criminal justice courses: CJ 100, 220, 300, 490, and 499; 15 hours of criminal justice electives; and 15 hours of emphasis courses to be chosen from Corrections (CJ 120, 240, 270, 320, and 422), Homeland Security (CJ 115, 285, 376, 400, and 435), or Law Enforcement (CJ 110, 210, 230, 310, and 410).

Other Academic Requirements

For majors in this field, a minimum grade of 2.5 must be maintained on all criminal justice course work.

Emphasis - Homeland Security

Degree Requirements

The academic regulations for this degree program, as entered in the University of Mississippi Catalog, are in effect for the current or selected academic year and semester. The University of Mississippi reserves the right to 1) change or withdraw courses; 2) change rules for registration, instruction, and graduation; and 3) change other regulations affecting the student body at any time.

B.S.C.J in Criminal Justice

General Education

Requirement Hours Description
First Year Writing I 3 Complete Hon 101, Writ 100 or Writ 101 with a passing grade.
First Year Writing II 3 Complete one of the following courses with a passing grade: Liba 102, Writ 102 or Hon 102.
3 hrs fine arts 3 Complete 3 hours in the area of fine or performing arts. Choose from art history, music, dance, and theatre arts. Studio and workshop courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. Acceptable freshman or sophommore-level courses are: AH 101, AH 102, AH 201, AH 202; Music 101, Music 102, Music 103, Music 104, Music 105; Dance 200; and Theatre 201.

General Education II

Requirement Hours Description
6 hrs history 6 Complete 6 hours of History coursework with a passing grade.
3 hrs humanities 3 Successfully complete 3 credit hours in humanities chosen from the following areas: African American Studies, classical civilization, gender studies, philosophy, modern or ancient languages, religion, or southern studies.
3 hrs social science 3 Successfully complete 3 credit hours in social science course work chosen from anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology.
3 hrs sociology/political science 3 Successfully complete 3 credit hours in sociology or political science.
6 hrs literature 200+ 6 Complete 6 credit hours of literature at the 200 level or higher.
6 hrs math 115+ 6 Successfully complete 6 credit hours of Math (Math 115, Math 121, or more advanced). Neither Math 245 not Math 246 can be used to fulfill the math requirement.
6-8 hrs science 6 Complete 6-8 hours of natural science courses with labs from the following areas: biology, chemistry, geology, physics, or astronomy.
2 science labs 8 Successfully complete at least two science laboratory courses. Courses may be chosen from the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology and Geological Engineering, or Physics and Astronomy.

Major Requirements

Requirement Hours Description
CJ 100 3 Complete CJ 100 with a passing grade.
CJ 220 3 Complete CJ 220 with a passing grade.
CJ 300 3 Complete CJ 300 with a passing grade.
CJ 490 3 Complete CJ 490 with a passing grade.
CJ 499 3 Complete CJ 499 with a passing grade.
Enroll in a BSCJ emphasis Enroll in an emphasis area within the BS in Criminal Justice program.
Overall Major GPA Please contact your academic advisor for grade point requirements.

Emphasis - Homeland Security

Requirement Hours Description
CJ 115 3 Complete CJ 115 with a passing grade.
CJ 285 3 Complete CJ 285 with a passing grade.
CJ 376 3 Complete CJ 376 with a passing grade.
CJ 400 3 Complete CJ 400 with a passing grade.
CJ 435 3 Complete CJ 435 with a passing grade.
15 hrs criminal justice elective 15 Successfully complete 15 credit hours of criminal justice (CJ) electives. Courses may not be chosen from any criminal justice course that is being used for the Homeland Security emphasis or part of the 5 required CJ courses (100, 220, 300, 490, and 499).
The policies and regulations contained in this online University of Mississippi Catalog are in effect for the current or selected semester. The catalog is not a contract, but rather a guide for the convenience of students. The University of Mississippi reserves the right to 1) change or withdraw courses; 2) change the fees, rules, and schedules for admission, registration, instruction, and graduation; and 3) change other regulations affecting the student body at any time. Implicit in each student’s enrollment with the university is an agreement to comply with university rules and regulations, which the university may modify to exercise properly its educational responsibility.