The Criminal Justice major requires 36 hours of course work. Several major areas of emphasis run through the substantive areas of the courses, to include understanding theory, the development of policy, critically assessing the status quo, concern for individual rights, ethical practices, and continuous improvement of the system. Specific course offerings are divided into the following areas.
Required Courses (30 hours):
SOC 115 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) OR
SOC 116 Introduction to Criminal Justice/Service Learning (3)
SOC 200 Research Methods (3)
SOC 215 Classical Theories of Crime (3)
SOC 232 Law Enforcement (3)
SOC 233 Introduction to Corrections (3)
Applied Methodology Course (Choose one)
SOC 301 Quantitative Research Methods (3) OR
SOC 302 Qualitative Research Methods (3)
SOC 390 Theories of Crime (3)
SOC 400 Criminal Justice Practicum (3)
SOC 439 Criminal Law and Procedure (3)
SOC 496 Criminal Justice Capstone (3)
Examples of Electives (6 hours from the following list):**
SOC 260 Introduction to Forensic Sciences (3)
SOC 261 Forensic Biology and LAB (4)
SOC 262 Chemical Analysis of Crime and LAB (4)
SOC 301 Quantitiative Analysis (only if not used as requirement) (3)
SOC 302 Qualitative Analysis (only if not used as requirement) (3)
SOC 330 Social Psychology (3)
SOC 333 Corporate and While Collar Crime (3)
SOC 355 Juvenile Delinquency (3)
SOC 358 Sociology of Deviant Behavior (3)
SOC 359 Law and Society (3)
SOC 380 Juvenile Justice (3)
SOC 446 Criminal Investigations (3)
SOC 462 Probation, Parole and Community Corrections (3)
SOC 498 Independent Study (3) (Requires permission of instructor & department chair)
TOTAL: 36 hours
(OTHER ELECTIVES MAY QUALIFY - Talk to your mentor for updated courses that may qualify.)
**With the approval of the student's mentor and department chair, a student may take other upper division courses in the department as electives.
A student may double count only those courses that are REQUIRED for both (2 or more) of the degree programs (including majors, minors, and certificates) that students pursue WITHIN our department (SOCIOLOGY, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, ANTHROPOLOGY AND FORENSIC CERTIFICATE.
We recommend students achieve a C- or better in all required courses for the major, minor, or certificate.
Students must maintain an average GPA of at least 2.0 in the courses taken to satisfy their major, minor, or certificate.
Students must maintain an overall GPA at SLU at or above 2.0.