School of Social Sciences

Criminology and Criminal Justice (Bachelor of Science)

The Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice is designed to study the origins, nature, and causes of norm-violating behavior as well as societal reactions to this behavior. The study of criminal justice begins with a study of the entire criminal justice system and its interrelation with society. Advanced study inquires into the political, organizational, social, and behavioral aspects of various components of the criminal justice system. Research courses give students the tools to analyze criminal justice and the skills important for career development. Legal courses provide an awareness of the values of due process and the limits of government power in a democratic society.

Criminology and Criminal Justice is multidisciplinary, drawing on broad fields of knowledge, including law, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences. Indiana University Southeast offers a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Social Sciences. A major in criminology and criminal justice provides an excellent liberal arts background for a wide variety of career fields. Career opportunities in criminal justice include police agencies, prosecutors, defense attorneys, courts, and correctional agencies. Other specialized roles in criminal justice include juvenile probation officers, volunteer administrators, criminologists, forensic scientists, forensic psychologists, medical examiners, and policy analysts. Many criminology and criminal justice majors choose to continue their education in law school or graduate school.

Degree/Certificate Requirements Defined

See "General Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees at IU Southeast".

Additional B.S. Requirements (14 to 20 hours):

In addition to General Education requirements complete a course from each of the following 4 categories.

  1. MATH-K 300 or ECON-E 270
  2. Any course in CSCI or INFO, 200 level or above
  3. Additional Science with a lab
  4. Ethical Questions or Diversity course

 Major Specific Requirements

  • ENG-W 290 Writing in the Arts & Sciences
  • MATH-M 118 or higher Finite Mathematics - or higher

    Choose one of the following:

  • COMM-S 121 Public Speaking
  • PHIL-P 113 Introduction to Debate, Argument, and Persuasion

    Students must take all of the following courses:

  • CJUS-P 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJUS-P 199 Careers in Criminal Justice*
  • CJUS-P 200 Theories of Crime and Deviance
  • CJUS-P 295 Criminal Justice Data, Methods, and Resources
  • CJUS-P 470 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

  Students must take three of the following courses:

  • CJUS-P 301 Police in Contemporary Society
  • CJUS-P 302 Courts and Criminal Justice
  • CJUS-P 303 Corrections and Criminal Justice
  • CJUS-P 335 Substantive Criminal Law
  • CJUS-P 375 American Juvenile Justice System

  Criminal Justice/System Course (3 credit hours):

  • CJUS-P 301 Police in Contemporary Society
  • CJUS-P 302 Courts and Criminal Justice
  • CJUS-P 303 Corrections and Criminal Justice
  • CJUS-P 304 Probation and Parole
  • CJUS-P 375 American Juvenile Justice System

  Criminology/Theory Course (3 credit hours):

  • CJUS-P 362 Sex Offenders
  • CJUS-P 407 Terrorism
  • CJUS-P 426 Juvenile Delinquency
  • CJUS-P 444 Victimization
  • CJUS-P 457 Seminar on White Collar Crime

  Applied/Administration Course (3 credit hours):

  • CJUS-P 313 Conflict Management
  • CJUS-P 320 Foundations of Criminal Investigation
  • CJUS-P 325 Principles of Forensic Investigation
  • CJUS-P 330 Criminal Justice Ethics
  • CJUS-P 372 Evidence
  • CJUS-P 373 Correctional Law
  • CJUS-P 374 Substantive Criminal Law
  • CJUS-P 376 Procedural Criminal Law
  • CJUS-P 411 Criminal Justice Management
  • CJUS-P 413 Police Community Relations

  Socio-legal and Cultural Justice Studies Course (3 credit hours):

  • CJUS-P 335 Race, Gender and Inequality in the Criminal Justice System
  • CJUS-P 305 Deviant Images/Deviant Projects
  • CJUS-P 306 Drugs, Society and Justice
  • CJUS-P 316 Crime in the Movies
  • CJUS-P 360 Psychology and the Law
  • CJUS-P 416 Capital Punishment
  • CJUS-P 423 Sexuality and Law
  • CJUS-P 458 Wrongful Conviction
  • CJUS-P 471 Comparative Study in Criminal Justice Studies
  • CJUS-xx 3xx/4xx Additional CJUS course at the 300/400 level (3 credit hours)
  • CJUS-xx 3xx/4xx Additional CJUS course at the 300/400 level (3 credit hours)

Students must complete two social science electives from a single discipline with at least one at the 300-level or above (6 credit hours):

  • XXXX-x xxx Single discipline area
  • XXXX-x 3xx/4xx Single discipline area

Electives - as needed to reach 120 credit hours.

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