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  Nov 19, 2017
 
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice


Requirements for a Major in Criminal Justice


To complete the requirements for graduation with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or legal studies, students must fulfill the general education requirements. While most courses taken at accredited colleges and universities are transferable for full credit, only four courses will be considered toward criminal justice major programs. Students should take at least two-thirds of the credits constituting their major from Grand Valley State University.

Cognate Degree Requirements:


Requirements for B.A. Degree

  • The B.A. degree requires third-semester proficiency in a foreign language.

Requirements for B.S. Degree:

Electives:


In addition, majors must select 12 credit hours of electives from criminal justice courses (not including the B.S. Degree Cognate CJ 300 and CJ 400 or Police Academy Courses (CJ 415, 416, 417, 418, and 419.) That is, they may choose from:

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Criminal Justice (B.A.)


Year 1:


  • WRT 150 (Basic Skills) Credits: 4
  • CJ 101 (Gen Ed/SS & CJ Core) Credits: 3
  • Gen Ed course (ART, P&L, SS, or MTH) Credits: 3
  • Foreign Language 101 (Cognate) Credits: 4  (To ensure proper placement, contact the Modern Languages department for testing)
  • MTH 110 (Basic Skills) Credits: 4
  • Gen Ed course (ART, P&L, SS, or MTH) Credits: 3
  • Gen Ed course (ART, P&L, HST, SS, or MTH) Credits: 3
  • Foreign Language 102 (Cognate)  Credits: 4

Year 2:


  • Gen Ed Science course (with lab) Credits: 4-5
  • CJ 201 (CJ Core) Credits: 3
  • Gen Ed course (ART, P&L, SS, or MTH) Credits: 3
  • Foreign Language 201 (Cognate) Credits: 4
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 1
  • Gen Ed Science course (non-lab) Credits: 3
  • Gen Ed course (ART, P&L, SS, or MTH) Credits: 3
  • CJ 312, CJ 330, or CJ 350 (CJ Core) Credits: 3
  • CJ 312, CJ 330, or CJ 350 (CJ Core) Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3

Year 3:


  • CJ 312, CJ 330, or CJ 350 (CJ Core) Credits: 3
  • CJ 305 (CJ Core) Credits: 3
  • CJ 340 (CJ Core) Credits: 3
  • World Perspective course (Gen Ed) Credits: 3
  • Gen Ed Theme course Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 1
  • CJ 312 (CJ Core) Credits: 3
  • CJ Major Elective Credits: 3
  • Gen Ed Theme Course Credits: 3
  • CJ 482 (CJ Core) Credits: 3
  • Gen Ed US Diversity course Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 1

Year 4:


  • CJ Major Elective Credits: 3
  • CJ Major Elective Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course  Credits: 3
  • CJ 495 (Capstone - CJ Core) Credits: 3
  • CJ Major Elective Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Criminal Justice (B.S.)


Year 1:


  • WRT 150 (Basic Skills) Credits: 4
  • CJ 101 (Gen Ed/SS & CJ Core) Credits: 3
  • Gen Ed Science course (with lab) Credits: 4
  • Gen Ed course (ART, P&L, SS, or HST) Credits: 3
  • MTH 110 (Basic Skills) Credits: 4
  • Gen Ed course (ART, P&L, SS, or HST) Credits: 3
  • Gen Ed Science course (non-lab) Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3

Year 2:


  • CJ 201 (CJ Core) Credits: 3
  • STA 215 (Gen Ed/MTH SCI & CJ Cognate) Credits: 3
  • Gen Ed World Perspective course (Gen Ed) Credits: 3
  • General Ed course (Art, P&L, SS or HST) Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3
  • CJ Core (CJ 312, CJ 330, or CJ 350)  Credits: 3
  • CJ Core (CJ 312, CJ 330, or CJ 350)  Credits: 3
  • Gen Ed US Diversity course Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3

Year 3:


  • CJ 300 (CJ Cognate) Credits: 3
  • CJ 305 (CJ Core) Credits: 3
  • CJ 340 (CJ Core) Credits: 3
  • Gen Ed Theme course Credits: 3
  • Gen Ed Theme course Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3
  • CJ Core (CJ 312, CJ 330, or CJ 350) Credits: 3
  • CJ 400 (CJ Cognate & SWS) - CJ 300 pre-req Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3

Year 4:


  • CJ Major Elective Credits: 3
  • CJ Major Elective Credits: 3
  • CJ 482 (CJ Core) Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3
  • CJ 495 (Capstone - Major) Credits: 3
  • CJ Major Elective Credits: 3
  • CJ Major Elective Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3
  • Minor or General Elective course Credits: 3

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