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: 120
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
See the General Education Core Curriculum for the School of Applied Sciences.
An additional 3 hours is required in the following related subjects: 3 hours of history.
The B.S.C.J. degree requires 39 credit hours of criminal justice courses. The following 15 hours of course work are required of all criminal justice majors:
- CJ 100: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 hours)
- CJ 210: Criminal Law
- CJ 300: Ethics in Legal Studies (3 hours)
- CJ 490: Criminal Justice Internship (3 hours)
- CJ 499: Colloquium in Criminal Justice (3 hours)
The remaining 24 hours of major course work are taken under the student's chosen area of emphasis: Corrections, Homeland Security or Law Enforcement.
Other Academic Requirements
For majors in this field, a minimum grade of 2.5 must be maintained on all criminal justice coursework.
All CJ majors must complete a minor or second major selected by the student and approved by the student's academic adviser.