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What are Criminal Justice Major Requirements?

There appear to be a couple of approaches to a bachelors' degree in criminal justice. One is more academic in nature, with a focus on the diverse theories exploring the social dimensions of crime. The other is more vocational in nature. Here is a brief look at each. Both of these course displays are for the major requirement only. A bachelors' degree will also require completion of core academic courses from multiple academic disciplines along with a number of electives.

The criminal justice degree at Villanova focuses on the criminology perspective of the field. The required courses include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Police and Society
  • Criminal Courts
  • Penology and Corrections
  • Criminological Theory
  • Senior Seminar

In addition, one of the following statistics-oriented courses:

  • Criminal Justice Research and Statistics
  • Data Analysis for Social Scientists
  • Applied Research Methods

Finally, completion of two of the following electives:

  • The Supreme Court
  • Capital Punishment
  • White Collar Crime
  • Victimology
  • Drugs and Society
  • Special Topics
  • Sociology of Deviance
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Sociology of Law
  • Race and Ethnic Relations

As an example of one portion of an alternative approach, the University of Southern Illinois offers a list of required courses from which to select which includes these options:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration
  • Policing in America
  • Analysis in Criminal Justice
  • Prosecution and Adjudication
  • Introduction to Private Security
  • Introduction to Corrections
  • Victims of Crime
  • Juvenile Delinquency

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