B.S. in Criminal Justice

criminal justiceBachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice

4-Year Degree Plan (Sample)

Academic Advising

College policy on advising requires that students meet with their academic advisors at least once each year, and in some departments, prior to each semester’s enrollment. Advising holds are reset following advising appointments. Students with a declared major are advised in their academic units. To determine who your advisor is and how to contact them, see Onestart.

Degree Requirements (120 cr.) 

Students receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice must complete 120 total credit hours including:

  • The IU South Bend campuswide general-education curriculum (33-39 cr.)
  • World Language (3-12cr.) Successful completion of a second-year, second-semester language class, designated as 204, or formal training, as evidenced by secondary or university diplomas, in a language other than English. The Department of World Language Studies (W.L.S.) offers a placement examination to determine into which semester a student should enroll and/or to qualify students for credit by examination.
  • Major concentration and elective requirements.
  • Minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300- or 400-level.

Courses required for the major must be completed with a grade of C– or higher. A minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required. All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Major Requirements (36 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Note | A grade of C– or higher in each course is required)

  • CJUS-P 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJUS-P 200 Theories of Crime and Deviance
  • CJUS-P 290 The Nature of Inquiry
  • CJUS-P 301 Police in Contemporary Society
  • CJUS-P 302 Courts and Criminal Justice
  • CJUS-P 303 Corrections and Criminal Justice
  • CJUS-P 330 Criminal Justice Ethics
  • CJUS-P 370 Criminal Law
  • CJUS-P 410  Analysis of Crime and Public Policy
  • Three additional criminal justice courses

Additional Requirements (18 cr.)
  • CJUS-K 300 Techniques of Data Analysis
  • ECON-E 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • ENG-W 231 Professional Writing Skills
  • Three courses from sociology or psychology, with at least one 300-level class or above

Experiential Recommendation

It is recommended that students engage in a practical experience related to public affairs, e.g., internship, work experience, or some other activity approved by an academic advisor.

Electives (15 cr.)

Sufficient number to total a minimum of 120 credit hours.

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