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  Dec 17, 2017
 
2016-2017 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.

B.A. or B.S. 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:

Grand Valley Police Academy


The GVSU Basic Police Academy is an annual 16-week intensive program that meets the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) training requirements and prepares students for the Michigan Law Enforcement Licensing Examination.  Upon completion of the program, participants will have all of the qualifications necessary to be a licensed law enforcement officer in the State of Michigan. Students enrolled in the GVSU police academy must take the following courses (a total of 15 credits):

Core Courses:

Courses recommended for prospective Police Academy applicants:

Grand Valley Military Police Basic Training Program


The GVSU Military Police Veteran’s Academy is an annual eight-week intensive program designed to transition eligible candidates to a civilian law enforcement career. The program meets the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) training requirements and prepares students for the Michigan Law Enforcement Licensing Examination. To be eligible for consideration, a candidate must have performed as a military police officer (in any branch of the US Military) for a minimum of 2080 hours in a specified law enforcement MOS; have satisfactorily completed military police training at a federal service school; possess an honorable discharge or be currently serving; and not be separated from employment in a specified law enforcement MOS for more than five years. Upon completion of the program, participants will have all of the qualifications necessary to be a licensed law enforcement officer in the State of Michigan. Students enrolled in the GVSU military police basic police training program must take the following courses (a total of 6 credits):

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


Year 1:


  • WRT 150 (basic skills) Credits: 4
  • CJ 101 (general education/SS and CJ core) Credits: 3
  • General education 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
  • General education course (ART, P&L, SS, or MTH) Credits: 3
  • General education course (ART, P&L, HST, SS, or MTH) Credits: 3
  • Foreign Language 102 (cognate)  Credits: 4

Year 2:


  • General education science course (with lab) Credits: 4 to 5
  • CJ 201 (CJ core) Credits: 3
  • General education course (ART, P&L, SS, or MTH) Credits: 3
  • Foreign Language 201 (cognate) Credits: 4
  • Minor or general elective course Credits: 1
  • General education science course (non-lab) Credits: 3
  • General education course (ART, P&L, SS, or MTH) Credits: 3
  • CJ 312, CJ 330, CJ 340 or CJ 350 (CJ core) Credits: 3
  • CJ 312, CJ 330, CJ 340 or CJ 350 (CJ core) Credits: 3
  • Minor or general elective course Credits: 3

Year 3:


  • CJ 312, CJ 330, CJ 340 or CJ 350 (CJ core) Credits: 3
  • CJ 305 (CJ core) Credits: 3
  • World Perspectives course (general education) Credits: 3
  • General education Issues course Credits: 3
  • Minor or general elective course Credits: 3
  • Minor or general elective course Credits: 1
  • CJ major elective Credits: 3
  • General education Issues course Credits: 3
  • CJ 482 (CJ core) Credits: 3
  • General education U.S. 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 (general education/SS and CJ core) Credits: 3
  • General education science course (with lab) Credits: 4
  • General education course (ART, P&L, SS, or HST) Credits: 3
  • MTH 110 (basic skills) Credits: 4
  • General education course (ART, P&L, SS, or HST) Credits: 3
  • General education science course (non-lab) Credits: 3
  • Minor or general elective course Credits: 3

Year 2:


  • CJ 201 (CJ core) Credits: 3
  • STA 215 (general education/MTH SCI and CJ cognate) Credits: 3
  • General education World Perspectives course (general education) Credits: 3
  • General education 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
  • General education U.S. 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
  • General education Issues course Credits: 3
  • General education Issues 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 and SWS) - CJ 300 prerequisite 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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