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.

Major Core Requirements
CJC 100Introduction to Criminal Justice
IDS 202Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences
IDS 203Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CJC 310Critical Issues in Policing
CJC 340Courts and Procedure
CJC 345Juvenile Delinquency
CJC 350Criminology
CJC 370Corrections*
CJC 499Senior Seminar
Criminal Justice Electives
6 Semester Credit Hours
CJC 210Criminal Investigation
CJC 230Global Perspective on Crime and Justice
CJC 301Practicum in Criminal Justice
CJC 344Minority Relations
CJS 347Drugs, Crime and Justice
CJC 360Criminal Law
CJC 390Deviant Behavior
CJC 401Independent Study
CJC 420Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
CJC 450Terrorism and Counterterrorism
CJC 460Victimology
CJC 470Advanced Criminology
CJC 480Advanced Research Methods
Social Science Electives: a minimum of 6 hours from any of the following: PSY, SOC, POLS. See below for examples
of potential/suggested courses.
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology
PSY 301Personality Theories
PSY 303Social Psychology
PSY 307Learning Theories
PSY 321Forensic Psychology (cross-listed as CJC 325)
SOC 100Principles of Sociology
SOC 200Social Problems
SOC 308Minority Relations (cross-listed as CJC 344)
SOC 362Deviant Behavior (cross-listed as CJC 390)
POLS 101American National Government
POLS 202State and Local Government
POLS 362Public Administration
Communications: must complete the following course.
CART 141Basic Public Speaking

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 six (6) hours of Spanish.  The more Spanish a student successfully completes in college the more career choices they will have after college.