Criminal Justice Major


Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

 

 

The Criminal Justice major provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective that balances both theoretical knowledge and practical application. The major prepares students for the criminal justice/human service professions and provides a solid foundation for graduate and continuing studies. Faculty grounded in the balance of theory and practice deliver a curriculum intended to develop a sense of global awareness and a commitment to social justice and responsibility while promoting respect for the dignity of all persons involved in the criminal justice system.

 

The integration of knowledge and practice culminates with the internship or service learning component (capstone seminar). Through the internship, students apply learning outside the classroom, helping them to build professional competence and confidence. Interns and program alumnae have found placements and employment in areas including include federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, federal and local probation, juvenile and criminal court, private security, victim/witness assistance, correctional agencies, youth programs, and investigative agencies.


Students take nine core criminal justice and cognate courses in the first and second years. In the third and fourth years, students, in consultation with their academic advisor, develop a plan of study which furthers the student's intellectual interests and professional goals through the choice of six elective courses. A minimum of four upper division electives must be taken in criminal justice. The remaining two may be from criminal justice or related fields such as sociology, anthropology, psychology, social work, legal studies, public policy, and political science. The Capstone Seminar in the Senior year allows for application of knowledge to the professional setting.


 

Learning Outcomes for the Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program

View the Core Courses for the Criminal Justice Major

 

  • American Justice Systems
  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminology
  • Policing in America
  • Corrections
  • Introduction to Sociology (requirement under revision)
  • Researching the Social World
  • Intro to Statistics
  • Capstone Seminar in Criminal Justice
     


View Elective Coursework for the Criminal Justice Major

 

 

Elective Coursework includes:

  • Crime Scene Forensics                                     
  • Response to Terrorism                                    
  • Evolving Concepts of Justice                              
  • History of Crime                                                
  • Drugs and Society                                            
  • Cybercrime           
  • Victimology                                                 
  • Criminal Procedure                                            
  • Information Security                                   
  • Social Issues in CJ                                            
  • Race and Crime
  • Criminal Profiling
  • White Collar Crime
  • Organized Crime
  • Federal Responses to Crime
  • Physical Security
  • Disaster Victims
  • Forensic Photography
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Comparative CJ Systems
  • Gender, Crime and Justice
  • Human Diversity
  • Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology                                  

 


Minors and Minor/Certificate Programs  


Criminal Justice as a Minor
 

Students in any major may minor in Criminal Justice. In addition to three upper-level criminal justice electives, required courses include:

Criminal Law

Constitutional Law
Criminology
 

Minor in Forensic Studies
 

The growth of forensic sciences in the last decade has lead to a diversity of specialties that provide expertise to the criminal justice system.  A minor in forensic studies can provide students with an introduction and preparation in several specialties within the field and thereby educate them in these disciplines. This minor will better prepare criminal justice undergraduates for the highly specialized work force or to pursue further graduate studies.

Minor Requirements
Six courses, 18 credits
CRJ 311 Criminalistics
CRJ 340 Cybercrime
CRJ 480/BIO 341 Forensic Anthropology (4 credits)
CRJ 407 Forensic Psychology
Two elective Courses in Forensic studies courses from the following or as approved:
CRJ 205 Crime Scene Forensics
CRJ 312 Criminalistics II
CRJ 341 Cybercrime II: Internet Vulnerabilities and Criminal Investigation
CRJ 342 Computer Forensics I: Data Storage and Recovery
CRJ 343 Computer Forensics II: Linux/Macintosh and Lab-based Acquisitions
CRJ 362 Victimology
CRJ 440 Criminal Profiling I
CRJ 441 Criminal Profiling II
CRJ 482 Advanced Bioarchaeology
 
 

Minor/Certificate in Victimology
 

The recognition of victims' issues has taken on great importance in this day and age. Victims of all types require advocates and service providers that can assist them in understanding their rights and guiding them through the various processes and resources available to them. In response, Anna Maria College has developed an interdisciplinary minor/certificate program in Victimology and Victim Studies. The curriculum draws on coursework in Criminal Justice, Human Development, Nursing, Psychology and Social Work. The interdisciplinary nature of the program seeks to explore and analyze the history and evolution of victimology; the causes and consequences of trauma and crime on victims and survivors including who is impacted and the systems response; and the developing field of victim advocacy including the history and nature of the victims' rights movement, basic victims' rights, communication and service provision, cultural and spiritual skills, and ethical issues.

Minor/Certificate Requirements

Students enrolled in a bachelor's degree program in any field or concentration may earn a minor in Victimology and Victim Studies though the completion of four required courses and two electives. Students who currently, or who seek to work in law enforcement, the courts, corrections and professional settings involving work with victims of crime, families of crime victims, victims of disaster and the community at large may pursue a certificate program in Victimology and Victim Studies through the completion of four required courses and four electives

CRJ 362 Victimology

CRJ 370 Legal Issues in Victims' Services*
PSY 342 Counseling for Victims and Families*
SWK 242 Introduction to Social Welfare
*Can alternate CRJ 380 Victim Advocacy for either CRJ 370 or PSY 342
Two upper division electives in the area of victim studies as approved.

Note: With both the Minor and the Certificate, no more than two courses may double count towards the student's area of concentration.
 

Minor/Certificate in Private Security
 

The security program is inter-disciplinary and draws upon courses from Criminal Justice, Business, Paralegal Studies, and Fire Science. This minor is designed to offer more options for career decisions of students. Security is a rapidly growing field and the private security field is out-numbering the public sector security field. The program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the historical foundation and emergence of private security; the principles of risk analysis and risk management and their implications for planning; the application of crisis management and emergency planning in order to safeguard personnel and a company's assets; and the impact of issues related to crime prevention, both from criminological and criminal justice perspective at both the individual and community level.

Minor/Certificate Requirements

CRJ275 Introduction to Security
CRJ370 Physical Security and Asset Protection
CRJ372 Principles of Security Investigation
CRJ340 Cybercrime I: Legal Issues and Investigative Procedures2 Upper Division Electives in the area of Private Security as approved.

Note: With both the Minor and the Certificate, no more than two courses may double count towards the student's area of concentration.
 

Minor/Certificate in Computer Forensics and Investigation
 

This minor/certificate is designed to provide students with the basic understanding of the hardware and software applications that are utilized in computer forensics; the procedures for investigating computer crimes; the methodology of forensic data collection, evidence preservation and documentation; and the potential of the Internet as a tool for gathering data for computer and non-computer crimes.

Minor/Certificate Requirements

CRJ 340 Cybercrime I: Legal Issues and Investigative Procedures
CRJ 341 Cybercrime II: Internet Vulnerabilities and Criminal Investigation
CRJ 342 Computer Forensics I: Data Storage and Recovery
CRJ 343 Computer Forensics II: Linux/Macintosh and Lab-based Acquisitions
Two electives in the areas of computer forensics and law. 
Students may pursue a certificate in Computer Forensics and Investigation. In addition to the four required courses, students need to complete four electives in the areas of computer forensics and law.
 

Note: With both the Minor and the Certificate, no more than two courses may double count towards the student's area of concentration.

 
 

 

For More Information

Please contact Patricia Gavin, Associate Professor & Criminal Justice Program Director  at 
(508) 849-3377 or pgavin@annamaria.edu.