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Fort Hays State University
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Rarick Hall 233
Phone: 785-628-5668
justicesecretary@fhsu.edu
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Bachelor of Arts/Science in Criminal Justice

You've decided your field of study, now it's time to decide which type of degree to choose. There are two types of bachelor's in Criminal Justice available- the BA in Criminal Justice and BS in Criminal Justice. The main difference being the Bachelor of Arts degree requires 10 credit hours of language (such as Spanish I & II), while the Bachelor of Science does not. The choice is yours!

All majors take the same 24 hour core curriculum in Criminal Justice, but then, working with your academic advisor, you can tailor the remaining 21 hours of your degree program around your specific interests and career objectives.

Program of Study Summary

  • General Education: 55 Credit Hours
  • Foreign Language (Bachelor of Arts):10 Credit Hours
  • Core Curriculum: 24 Credit Hours
  • Major Electives: 21 Credit Hours
  • Free Electives (Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science): 10/20 credit hours

Total: 120 Credit Hours

45 Hour Major

Core (24 credit hours)

  • CRJ 100 Careers In Criminal Justice (1 Credit Hour)
  • CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 200 Criminology (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 215 Technical & Report Writing in Criminal Justice (2 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 245 Criminal Justice Ethics ( 3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 250 Administration of Justice Systems (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 310 Comparative Justice Systems (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 399 Criminal Justice Research (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 499 Capstone Seminar In Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours)

Major Electives (21 Hours - Must have at least 1 course from each of the subdivisions)

Policing

  • CRJ 220 Introduction to Law Enforcement (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 225 Cybercrime & Behavior (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 315 Private Security (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 325 Law Enforcement in the Community (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 355 Criminal Investigations (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 370 Terrorism (3 Credit Hours)

Offenders & Victims

  • CRJ 241 Introductions to Corrections (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 265 Juvenile Justice Systems (3 Credit Hours
  • CRJ 305 Corporate Crime and Deviance (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 331 Criminal Law and Procedure (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 335 Civil Liability (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 365 Woman and Crime (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 385 Victimology and Victim Services (3 Credit Hours)

Criminology

  • CRJ 275 Crime and Society (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 330 Cultural Criminology (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 340 Gender, Race & Inequality in Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 350 Drugs and Society (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 375 Serial Predators (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 390 Sex Crimes (3 Credit Hours)

Recommended Cognates

Italics indicate that you can use these courses for your General Education requirements.

  • PSY 100 General Psychology (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 101 American Government (3 Credit Hours)
  • IDS 360 Social Justice (3 Credit Hours)
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