Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Professors: Douglas Challenger
Associate Professors: Jefferson Allen, Jean Dawson, Allan Rachlin
Assistant Professor: Johnna Pike 

A Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in Criminal Justice for online and traditional students.

An Associate of Arts degree is offered in Criminal Justice for online students.

A minor is offered in Criminal Justice.

The mission of the Criminal Justice program is to produce graduates who have demonstrated competency in administration of justice, corrections, criminological theory, law adjudications, law enforcement, research and analytic methods, and the appropriate skills needed to utilize and apply this understanding. Our Criminal Justice faculty are committed to providing students with a quality liberal arts education and with the knowledge necessary to enter the areas of policing, courts, and corrections. The curriculum provides a theoretical foundation of the discipline, combined with an understanding of social science methodologies as they apply to criminal justice. Major attention is given to the career roles, social interaction and social forces that contribute to social order, conflict and social change.

The goals of the Franklin Pierce Criminal Justice program are for students to develop a sociological understanding of crime and the workings of the criminal justice system; learn to critically analyze the operation of criminal justice in the United States; and become literate and trained in contemporary social scientific methods of data collection and analysis. Students will strengthen their speaking, writing, and presentation skills. Students will be encouraged to rethink current criminal justice policies and be actively engaged in positive reform of the system (Praxis) when they enter into their professional careers. 


Major Requirements

In addition to all graduation requirements, the following courses must be completed successfully to fulfill the major requirements:

CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 
CJ201 Police Work
CJ210 Courts and Criminal Procedure 
CJ221 Corrections
CJ345 Criminology
CJ470 Senior Criminal Justice Seminar 
SO101 Introduction to Sociology 
SO205 Race and Ethnicity in Society
SO318 Social Science Research Methods 
SO321 Social Science Computer Skills

Four of the following Criminal Justice electives:
CJ203 Juvenile Justice
CJ301 Criminal Investigation and Evidence
CJ310 Community Corrections
CJ330 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 
CJ340 Gender, Race, and Crime
CJ400 Rehabilitation of the Offender 
CJ410 Criminal Law
CJ420 White Collar Crime
CJ430 Victimology
CJ495 Internship in Criminal Justice
CJ499 Independent Study in Criminal Justice 
SO350 Law and Society
**Alternate elective courses in Anthropology, Political Science or Psychology may be substituted by permission of the department.

Minor Requirements (21 credits) 
 CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 
 CJ201 Police Work
CJ210 Courts and Criminal Procedures


CJ221 Corrections
SO101 Introduction to Sociology 
CJ ____ Elective course at the 300-or 400-level
CJ ____ Elective course at the 300-or 400-level

Recommended Curriculum Guide – Criminal Justice

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

CJ101

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CJ201 or CJ221

Police Work or Corrections

3

SO101

Introduction to Sociology

3

SO205

Race and Ethnicity in Society

3

GLE101

First Year Inquiry Seminar

3

_______

GLE Math or GLE Elective

3

GLE110

First-Year Composition

3

_______

GLE Elective

3

_______

GLE Math or GLE Elective

3

_______

GLE Elective

3

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

15


Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

CJ201 or CJ221

Police Work or Corrections

3

CJ___

Criminal Justice Elective

3

CJ210

Courts and Criminal Procedure

3

SO321

Social Science Computer Skills

1

______

GLE Lab Science I

4

GLE230

Second-Year Composition

4

______

GLE Elective

3

______

GLE Lab Science II

3

______

GLE Elective

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

 Total

16

 

 Total

14

Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

SO318

Social Science Research Methods

3

CJ345

Criminology

3

______

GLE Elective

3

CJ___

Criminal Justice Elective

3

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

Total

15

 

 Total

15

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

CJ___

Criminal Justice Elective

3

CJ470

Senior Criminal Justice Seminar

3

CJ___

Criminal Justice Elective

3

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

15

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

120

*One or more additional electives may be needed to fulfill general education requirements. See General and Liberal Education (GLE).

Accelerated 3 Year Criminal Justice Curriculum

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

CJ101

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CJ201 or CJ221

Police Work or Corrections

3

GLE101

First Year Inquiry Seminar

3

GLE120

First Year Composition II

3

GLE110

First-Year Composition

3

______

General Education Math or General Education Elective

3

_______

General Education Math or General Education Elective

3

______

GLE Elective

3

SO101

Introduction to Sociology

3

SO205

Race and Ethnic Relations

3

 

 

 

SO321

Social Science Computer Skills

1

 

 Total

15

 

 Total

16

Summer Term 1

Credits

Summer Term 2

Credits

______

GLE Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

 Total

3

 

 Total

3

Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

CJ201 or CJ221

Police Work or Corrections

3

SO318

Social Science Research Methods

3

CJ210

Courts and Criminal Procedure

3

______

CJ Elective

3

______

General Education Lab Science I

4

______

General Education Lab Science II

4

______

GLE Elective

3

______

GLE Elective

3

______

GLE Elective

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

 Total

16

 

 Total

16

Summer Term 1

Credits

Summer Term 2

Credits

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective**

3

 

 

 

 

 Total

6

 

 Total

3

Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

CJ345

Criminology

3

CJ470

Senior Criminal Justice Seminar

3

______

CJ Elective

3

CJ___

Criminal Justice Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

Total 

15

 

Total 

15

Summer Term 1

Credits

Summer Term 2

Credits

______

CJ Internship (1-15 credits)

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

 

 

______

Elective

3

 

 Total 

6

 

Total  

9

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

120

*Summer course can be substituted with Internship, training academy courses or CLA credits.

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice (CJ)                                                                 
In addition to all graduation requirements, the following requirements must be completed successfully to complete the degree:

General and Liberal Education Core Requirements 
GLE103 Career Image, Planning, and Management 
GLE110 First-Year Composition
GLE230 Second-Year Composition    
______ Mathematics Core Elective 
______ Natural Science Core Elective I
______ Natural Science Core Elective II
One course from two of the following areas:
One 100-200-level Social Science 
One 100-200-level Humanities
One 100-200-level Art and Design

Major Requirements
CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 
CJ201 Police Work
CJ203 Juvenile Justice
PA209 Ethical Reasoning
SO101 Introduction to Sociology 
SO205 Race and Ethnicity in Society
SO318 Social Science Research Methods

General Electives 
13 – 19 credits depending on course selection

 

Program Courses