Requirements – CRJ

A BS degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology is designed to offer students a choice to declare an emphasis area in either criminal justice or criminology.

A total of 37 credit hours are required for a criminal Justice and criminology degree. All students must have a cumulative 2.0 average to earn a BS degree. Every student must also complete Kentucky Wesleyan College’s degree requirements of 120 total credit hours, which will include the required General Education Requirements and 42 credit hours of upper-division course work.

All Criminal Justice and Criminology majors must complete the following components to meet the requirements for a BS Degree:
Criminal Justice and Criminology Core13 credit hours
Law Core6 credit hours
Emphasis Core9 credit hours
Major Elective Core9 credit hours
Service Learning Requirement – integrated in above courses
Total 37 credit hours
All majors must take the required Criminal Justice and Criminology Core (13 credits):
CJC 1300Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJC 3366Criminology
CJC 3370Corrections
CJC 3199 orCriminal Justice, Criminology and Law Career Planning Seminar
IDS 4101Career Planning and Development
CJC 4399Senior Seminar
Law Core:
All majors must take two of the three following courses (6 credit hours):
CJC 3360Criminal Law
CJC 3301Criminal Procedure
CJC 4360Justice Seminar: Civil Rights and Liberties

Emphasis Core:

Each Criminal Justice and Criminology major must choose one of the following areas of interest and complete the required emphasis core (9 credit hours):

Criminal Justice Emphasis Core:
LGST 1301 or Introduction to Law
CJC 2301Criminal Investigation
and both
CJC 3300Critical Issues in Policing
CJC 3310Judicial Process
Criminology Emphasis Core:
CJC 2302Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences
CJC 3380Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CJC 4370Theoretical Criminology
Major Elective Core:
All majors must select from the following a minimum of 9 credits:
LGST 1301Introduction to Law
CJC 2301Criminal Investigation
CJC 2302Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences
CJC 2310Global Perspective on Crime and Justice
CJC 3130, 3230, 3330Practicum in Criminal Justice
CJC 3300Critical Issues on Policing
CJC 3301Criminal Procedure
CJC 3308Minority Relations
CJC 3310Judicial Process
CJC 3320Drugs Crime and Justice
CJC 3360Criminal Law
CJC 3362Deviant Behavior
CJC 3364Juvenile Delinquency
CJC 3365Juvenile Justice
CJC 3380Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CJC 4130, 4230, 4330Independent Study
CJC 4340White-Collar Crime
CJC 4350Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
CJC 4360Justice Seminar: Civil Rights and Liberties
CJC 4366Victimology
CJC 4370Theoretical Criminology
CJC 4380Advanced Research Methods
Service Learning Core:
The following courses are designated as service learning. Successful completion of 2 of the following 4 courses is required.
CJC 3130Practicum
CJC 3300Critical Issues in Policing
CJC 3364 Juvenile Delinquency
CJC 3365Juvenile Justice
CJC 3370Corrections

Foreign Language Core:

A language requirement for a BS in Criminal Justice and Criminology is not required but strongly encouraged. Every student who plans to work in the criminal justice field at the Federal, State, or local level should consider a minimum of 6 hours of Spanish. The more Spanish a student successfully completes in college the more career choices they will have after college.

Strongly Recommended Electives

Kentucky Wesleyan College is a liberal arts college. Your academic experience at KWC is designed to give you a well rounded educational experience. To this end, all Criminal Justice and Criminology majors are strongly advised to take electives from the following list. Your future depends on this. Some of these courses also fulfill your college general education credits.

Psychology:
PSY 1301Introduction to Psychology
PSY 3301Personality Theories
PSY 3303Social Psychology
PSY 3306 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 3309Counseling Psychology
Sociology:
SOC 1300Principles of Sociology
SOC 2300Social Problems
SOC 3308Minority Relations
Cross-listed as CJC 3308
SOC 3362Deviant Behavior
Cross-listed as CJC 3362
SOC 3364Criminology
Cross-listed as CJC 3366
Political Science
POLS 1301American National Government
POLS 2302State and Local Government
POLS 3352Constitutional Law I
POLS 3353Constitutional Law II