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2022-2023 Shepherd University Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Shepherd University Catalog

Criminal Justice, B.A.


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Shepherd University offers a program in Criminal Justice leading to a bachelor of arts degree.

The criminal justice system comprises institutions and agencies that operate to prevent and address criminal activity within society. The Criminal Justice program offers students a liberal arts education designed to enhance understanding of human behavior, culture, society, and community.

The purpose of the criminal justice program includes the following:

  1. Students in the major examine the criminal justice system’s components, including investigations, law enforcement, the court system, and corrections.  
  2. Courses in criminology, law, policing, corrections, and sociology help students develop as individuals and responsible citizens.  
  3. Theoretical and applied learning courses build knowledge and skills applicable to a broad range of employment opportunities in the CJ field.
  4. The program will prepare students for employment in academic, governmental, non-profit, and law enforcement organizations through experiential learning, service and internship opportunities. 

Students enrolled in the major are also encouraged and prepared to pursue graduate studies. Dedicated to excellence in student learning, the department also contributes to the core curriculum and specific degree programs across campus.

In the four-year curriculum for a major in criminal justice, students must also complete the Core Curriculum program, complete a concentration and a minor field of study, meet the 12-hour B.A. Foreign Language Requirement , and include at least 42 hours of courses numbered 300 and above in their program, for a minimum of 120 credits total, to meet graduation requirements for the bachelor of arts degree. 

Curriculum for a Major in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Administration Concentration, 42 Hours:


In addition to the Core Curriculum  and the requirements for the major and minor, students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts must satisfy the B.A. Foreign Language Requirement .

Specific Core Curriculum Requirement:


Total Hours required, 42 Hours:


Major elective courses, 6 Hours:


Complete two additional 300- or 400-level criminal justice (CRIM) courses, PSCI 301 , PSCI 303 , PSCI 320 , or PSYC 365 .

Four-Year Progression


Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Administration
FALL   FIRST YEAR     SPRING   FIRST YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Core Curriculum 1 First-Year Experience (FYEX) 1   Core Curriculum 1 ENGL 102 3
Core Curriculum 1 ENGL 101 3   Core Curriculum 1 Mathematics (MA) 3
Core Curriculum 1 Lab Science (LS) 4   Core Curriculum 1 Lab Science (LS) 4
    FREN/GERM/SPAN 101 3   Core Curriculum 2 Choose SO-CK with advisor 3
SOCI 203 2 General Sociology (SO-MD) 3       FREN/GERM/SPAN 102 3
    TOTAL 14       TOTAL 16
         
FALL   SECOND YEAR     SPRING   SECOND YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Core Curriculum 1 History 3   Core Curriculum   FREN/GERM/SPAN 203 (HM-GL) 3
Core Curriculum 2 Choose AR with advisor 3   Minor   Minor 3
Core Curriculum 2 FREN/GERM/SPAN 203 (HM-GL) 3   Core Curriculum 2 Wellness (WE) 3
CRIM 200   Introduction to Criminal Justice 3   Core Curriculum 2 Chose SO-CK with advisor 3
SOCI 205   Social Problems 3   Elective   Elective 3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
         
FALL   THIRD YEAR     SPRING   THIRD YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
SOCI 322   Social Theory 3   Concentration   Law enforcement elective 3
Concentration   Law enforcement elective 3   CRIM 310   Principles of Criminal Law 3
CRIM 3xx-4xx   Upper-level criminal justice 3   CRIM 3xx-4xx   Upper-level criminal justice 3
Minor   Minor 3   Minor   Minor 3
SOCI 301   Social Science Writing (WM) 3   Minor   Minor 3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
                 
         
FALL   FOURTH YEAR     SPRING   FOURTH YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
SOCI 403   Race and Ethnic Relations 3   CRIM 450   Capstone-Field Experience (CP) 3
Concentration   Law enforcement elective 3   CRIM 402   Advanced Criminological Theory 3
Minor   Minor 3   Concentration   Law enforcement elective 3
Minor   Minor 3   Elective   Elective 3
Elective   Elective 3   Elective   Elective 2
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
                 
June 8, 2020             DEGREE TOTAL 120
         

Curriculum for a Major in Criminal Justice, Forensics Concentration, 42 Hours:


In addition to the Core Curriculum and the requirements for the major and minor, students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts must satisfy the B.A. Foreign Language Requirement.

Specific Core Curriculum Requirement:


Total Hours required, 42 Hours:


Major elective courses, 6 Hours:


Complete two additional 300- or 400-level criminal justice (CRIM) courses, PSCI 301, PSCI 303, PSCI 320, or PSYC 365.

Four-Year Progression


Criminal Justice, Forensics
FALL   FIRST YEAR     SPRING   FIRST YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Core Curriculum 1 First-Year Experience (FYEX) 1   Core Curriculum 1 ENGL 102 3
Core Curriculum 1 ENGL 101 3   Core Curriculum 1 Mathematics (MA) 3
Core Curriculum 1 Lab Science (LS) 4   Core Curriculum 1 Lab Science (LS) 4
    FREN/GERM/SPAN 101 3   Core Curriculum 2 Choose SO-CK with advisor 3
SOCI 203 2 General Sociology (SO-MD) 3       FREN/GERM/SPAN 102 3
    TOTAL 14       TOTAL 16
         
FALL   SECOND YEAR     SPRING   SECOND YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
Core Curriculum 1 History 3   Core Curriculum   FREN/GERM/SPAN 203 (HM-GL) 3
Core Curriculum 2 Choose AR with advisor 3   Minor   Minor 3
Core Curriculum 2 FREN/GERM/SPAN 203 (HM-GL) 3   Core Curriculum 2 Wellness (WE) 3
CRIM 200 2 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3   Core Curriculum 2 Chose SO-CK with advisor 3
SOCI 205   Social Problems 3   Elective   Elective 3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
         
FALL   THIRD YEAR     SPRING   THIRD YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
SOCI 322   Social Theory 3   CHEM 240   Forensic Chemistry 3
ANTH 316   Forensic Anthropology 3   CRIM 310   Principles of Criminal Law 3
CRIM 3xx-4xx   Upper-level criminal justice 3   CRIM 3xx-4xx   Upper-level criminal justice 3
Minor   Minor 3   Minor   Minor 3
SOCI 301   Social Science Writing (WM) 3   Minor   Minor 3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
                 
         
FALL   FOURTH YEAR     SPRING   FOURTH YEAR  
Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit   Sub./Course No. Tier Title Credit
SOCI 403   Race and Ethnic Relations 3   CRIM 450   Capstone-Field Experience (CP) 3
Concentration   Forensics elective 3-4   CRIM 402   Advanced Criminological Theory 3
Minor   Minor 3   Concentration   Forensics elective 3-4
Minor   Minor 3   Elective   Elective 3
Elective   Elective 2-3   Elective   Elective 2-3
    TOTAL 15       TOTAL 15
                 
June 8, 2020             DEGREE TOTAL 120
         

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