Jul 22, 2018
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The School of Public Affairs’ Bachelor of Arts program in criminal justice is an interdisciplinary program that combines specific course work in criminology and criminal justice with a liberal arts focus. The criminal justice degree offers training for specific occupations within criminology and criminal justice agencies and provides students with the critical thinking, writing and presentation skills necessary for career advancement and graduate study. The course work explores the complex nature of crime causation, criminal justice organizations and the implications of public policies that allow graduates to adapt to the evolving nature of the field.
As with all undergraduate degrees, students are required to complete the requirements of the CU Denver core curriculum, providing an education that draws heavily on social and natural sciences as well as liberal arts. The program will not only provide a direct line to employment in the growing field of criminology and criminal justice, but will also facilitate the movement of outstanding students into SPA’s MCJ and PhD graduate programs. Students will be well prepared to pursue additional advanced degrees in fields where critical thinking and analytical skills are required.
- This is an on-campus and online program.
Declaring This Major
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To earn a degree, students must satisfy all requirements in each of the areas below, in addition to their individual major requirements.
- Students must receive a minimum C- grade in each undergraduate course applied to satisfy major or minor degree requirements and must maintain a 2.0 GPA overall in major or minor courses.
Take all of the following required courses:
- CRJU 1000 - Criminology and Criminal Justice: An Overview
- CRJU 2041 - Crime Theory and Causes
- CRJU 3100 - Criminal Justice Research Methods
- CRJU 3150 - Statistics for Criminal Justice
- CRJU 4042 - Corrections
- CRJU 4043 - Law Enforcement
- CRJU 4044 - Courts and Judicial Process
- SOCY 1001 - Introduction to Sociology *
*This class also fulfills a Social Science requirement of the CU Denver Undergraduate Curriculum
Take fifteen semester hours of electives, nine of which must be Criminal Justice courses offered by the School of Public Affairs, and six of which may be taken from other departments.
School of Public Affairs electives:
- Any 3000 or 4000 level CRJU course not already required for the major may count as a SPA elective
- CRJU 4939 - Internship *
*The internship course, CRJU 4939, is required as one of the electives for the major unless officially waived by the BACJ Program Director. See SPA Graduation Requirements for more information.
Other electives: **
- COMM 4040 - Communication, Prisons, and Social Justice
- COMM 4265 - Gender and Communication
- ECON 3300 - Economics of Crime and Punishment
- PSCI 3034 - Race, Gender, Law and Public Policy
- PSCI 4124 - Denver Politics
- PSCI 4185 - Corruption in the U.S. and Abroad
- PSCI 4427 - Law, Politics and Justice
- PSCI 4477 - Constitutional Law I
- PSCI 4487 - Constitutional Law II
- PSCI 4545 - Immigration Politics
- PSCI 4837 - Contemporary Issues in Civil Liberties
- PSYC 3205 - Human Development I: Child Psychology
- PSYC 3215 - Human Development II: Adolescence and Adulthood
- PSYC 3265 - Drugs, Brain and Behavior
- PSYC 3305 - Abnormal Psychology
- PSYC 3612 - Domestic Abuse
- SOCY 2462 - Introduction to Social Psychology
- SOCY 3020 - Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
- SOCY 3040 - Drugs, Alcohol & Society
- SOCY 3700 - Sociology of the Family
- SOCY 4340 - Juvenile Delinquency
- SOCY 4440 - Social Inequality
- SOCY 4460 - Hate Groups and Group Violence
- SOCY 4770 - Advanced Topics in Sociology
- See advisor for recent additions to the list
**Students must comply with departmental prerequisites.