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Criminal Justice Major

Degree Requirements

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Kelly Martin
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Criminal Justice Major

The criminal justice system needs employees who care about the individuals who are entrusted to their care.

SBU’s Criminal Justice program provides a basic educational background that is designed to prepare students for careers in the various areas of criminal justice including law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, private security, chaplaincy, courts, and research. Theoretical and practical emphases are integrated into the major.

The SBU Advantage

  • Broad-based curriculum prepares students for any area in criminal justice.
  • Key focus on criminal law and enforcement, which helps for law school and Highway Patrol.
  • Strong Major Field Test scores.

Course Information

A Criminal Justice degree is a Bachelor of Science. Individuals who have received certification upon completion of the 470 hour or equivalent training programs of the police/sheriff's academies and who subsequently enroll in this program at SBU will be granted 14 hours of transfer credit.

A minor is available in Criminal Justice or Military Science. Most of the Military Science course requirements are provided at Missouri State University in Springfield, so registration also must be coordinated with the MSU Department of Military Sciences in addition to registration at SBU.

Clubs and Organizations

The Behavioral Science Club provides for the unity of those interested in all of the behavioral sciences.

Internship Opportunities

Internships are elective options and are worked out between the student and the placement site. Contact the department chair if interested.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are working for police departments, the Highway Patrol, the FBI and federal prisons and have gone on to law school.

Degree Requirements

CRJ 2313 Introduction to Criminal Justice
An analysis of the criminal justice system in the United States. An examination of crime and nature of law, aspects of criminal law and procedure, the courts and adjudication, the process of justice, and law enforcement.
CRJ 2333 Judicial Process
An overview of major structures and processes which underlie the American judicial system, focusing on history and development of prosecution, defense, judge and jury practices at both the state and federal levels.
CRJ 3313 Law Enforcement Organization and Administration
An examination of the organization and administration of police departments and the role of law enforcement in relationship to the community and established political structure.
CRJ 3373 Juvenile Delinquency
An overview of the problem of juvenile delinquency and how it relates to society as a whole. Causation, prevention, control, and treatment will be examined.
CRJ 4313 Corrections in America
A systematic examination of the penal system and insight into its daily operations. Various theories of corrections will be explored.
CRJ 4333 Criminal Law
An overview of the general laws and crimes which effect law enforcement. Elements which are required to constitute a crime will be explored.
CRJ 4373 Police Methods and Procedures
Examination of law enforcement subjects including laws of search and seizure, laws of arrest, arrest procedures, criminal investigations, courtroom demeanor, rules of evidence, and patrol techniques.
PSY 3033 Abnormal Psychology
Major psychoses, psychoneuroses, sexual adjustment and an analysis of childhood background which leads to mental breakdowns, phobias, compulsions and hysteria.
SOC 3073 Social Psychology
Social behavior of individuals and the major processes of social interaction, social influence, group structure, the individual and the system and socialization.
SOC 4033 Criminology
A study of sociological theories of crime and delinquency, of crime control including punishment and treatment, and of practices and organizations of police, courts, probation and parole departments and prisons.
Six hours of electives from the following:
POL 4563 The Supreme Court and Constitutional Development
Focuses on landmark Supreme Court decisions and judicial interpretations of the U.S. Constitution from the 1790's until the present; topics addressed include origins of the Constitution, powers of the three branches, separation of power, regulation of commerce and individual rights based on the Bill of Rights.
PSY/SOC 3243 Elementary Statistics
Measurement, averages, variability percentile rank, normal curve, correlation, chi-square and probability related to the behavior sciences.
PSY 4093 Behavior Modification
A course oriented to the rationale and theoretical basis of behavior modification and its clinical use in a clinical therapy setting.
PSY/SOC 4233 Research Design and Methods
Intensive analysis of experimental designs and methods of research including measurement issues, ethical considerations, sampling techniques, data-gathering techniques, data analysis and interpretation, presentations and reporting of results.
SOC 2003 Social Problems
Study of current social problems of American and world societies. Focus is on the description, causation and solution of these problems.
SOC 3033 Family Violence
This course examines the issues of violence in the family and the various implications in both treatment and society’s response. Applications of the law in the State of Missouri will also be addressed.
SOC 3063 Community Sociology
This course examines the development of the community and community-based problem solving. Included is a study of the changing rural, urban, and global structures, organizations, services, and demographics.
SOC 4043 Minorities
Provides an overview of majority/minority relations within the United States, including an in-depth examination of current social problems facing America's racial and ethnic minorities.
SOC 4333 Child Abuse and Neglect
A study of child abuse and neglect with consideration given to causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention. A special section is included dealing with the treatment of adult survivors of child abuse.
SOC 4373 Being Human and Addicted
A study of the effects of drugs on the human being, issues of physiology, psychology, sociology and religion will be addressed as they relate to chemical dependency. An overview of treatment methods and therapy will be included.
CRJ 3033 Serial Killers
A topical study of the factors common to serial murders, emphasizing the distinctions between myth and fact, the psychological profiles of such murderers, and the impact of such crimes on victims and society.
CRJ 295(1-3) Special Topics
A study of critical issues in criminal justice that are not covered in other course offerings. Areas of study will vary from year to year.
CRJ 495(1-3) Intensive Studies
A study of critical issues in the field of criminal justice that are not covered in other course offerings. Areas of study will vary from year to year.