Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Professors: Douglas Challenger
Associate Professors: Jean Dawson, Allan Rachlin
Assistant Professor: Johnna Pike, Leonard Crossman

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

Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice Major Requirements

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

CJ201 Police Work
CJ210 Courts and Criminal Procedure
CJ221 Corrections
CJ345 Criminology
CJ470 Senior Criminal Justice Seminar
SO101 Introduction to Sociology
SO205 Racial Inequality
SO225 Social Science Computer Skills
SO318 Social Science Research Methods

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 Justice
CJ304 Specialty Courts
CJ306 Family Law and the Justice System
CJ400 Rehabilitation of the Offender
CJ410 Criminal Law
CJ412 Sex Crimes
CJ420 White Collar Crime
CJ430 Victimology
CJ495 Internship in Criminal Justice
CJ499 Independent Study in Criminal Justice
HS206 Protest in America
PO321 Constitutional Law/ Moot Court
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 Crime and Justice in America -OR- CJ203 Juvenile 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

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 Crime and Justice in America
CJ201 Police Work
CJ203 Juvenile Justice
CJ210 Courts and Criminal Procedure
CJ221 Corrections
SO101 Introduction to Sociology
SO205 Racial Inequality
SO225 Social Science Computer Skills
SO318 Social Science Research Methods

General Electives
102 – 106 credits depending on course selection

 

Recommended Curriculum Guide – Criminal Justice

First 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

GLE230

Second Year Composition

3

 

General Education Lab Science I

4

 

General Education Lab Science II

4

 

General Education Elective

3

 

General Education Elective

3

 

General Education Elective

3

 

General Education Elective

3

 

Total Credits:

16

 

Total Credits:

16

 

Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

CJ210

Courts and Criminal Procedure

3

SO318 or CJ___

Social Science Research Methods or Criminal Justice Elective

3

SO225

Social Science Computer Skills

1

CJ___

Criminal Justice Elective

3

______

General Education Lab Science I

4

GLE230

Second Year Composition

3

______

General Education Elective

3

______

General Education Lab Science II

4

______

General Education Elective

3

______

General Education Elective

3

 

Total Credits:

14

 

Total Credits:

16

 

Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

SO318 or CJ___

Social Science Research Methods or Criminal Justice Elective

3

CJ345

Criminology

3

______

General Education Elective

3

CJ___

Criminal Justice Elective

3

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

Total Credits:

15

 

Total Credits:

15

 

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

CJ___

Criminal Justice Elective

3

CJ470

Senior Criminal Justice Seminar

3

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

Total Credits:

15

 

Total Credits:

15

 

Recommended Curriculum Guide – Criminal Justice: 3 Year Plan


First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

CJ201 or CJ221

Police Work or Corrections

3

CJ201 or CJ221

Police Work or Corrections

3

GLE101

First Year Inquiry Seminar

3

_______

General Education Math  

3

GLE110

First Year Composition I

3

_______

General Education Elective

3

_______

General Education Math or General Education Elective

3

_______

General Education Elective

3

SO101

Introduction to Sociology

3

SO205

Racial Inequality

3

 

 

 

SO225

Social Science Computer Skills

1

 

Total Credits:

15

 

Total Credits:

16

 

Summer I

Credits

Summer II

Credits

______

General Education Elective

3

______

General Education Elective

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

GLE230

Second Year Composition

3

______

General Education Lab Science I

4

______

General Education Lab Science II

4

______

General Education Elective

3

______

General Education Elective

3

______

General Education Elective

3

______

General Education Elective

3

 

Total Credits:

16

 

Total Credits:

16

 

Summer I

Credits

Summer II

Credits

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective**

3

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

3

 

Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

CJ345

Criminology

3

CJ470

Senior Criminal Justice Seminar

3

CJ____

CJ Elective

3

CJ___

Criminal Justice Elective

3

CJ____

CJ Elective

3

______

Elective*

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

Total Credits:

15

 

Total Credits:

15

 

Summer I

Credits

Summer II

Credits

______

CJ Internship (1-15 credits)

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

 

 

______

Elective

3

 

Total Credits:

6

 

Total Credits:

9

 

*One or more additional electives may be needed to fulfill general education requirements. See General and Liberal Education (GLE) on p. 35.

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