The curriculum for criminal justice majors is interdisciplinary in nature and includes courses that will provide students with the research and analytical skills necessary for understanding the nature of justice and the issues that affect its implementation. Majors may pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
Resources for Criminal Justice Majors
- Catalog descriptions of undergraduate criminal justice (CRJU) courses
- Official undergraduate criminal justice (CRJU) course syllabi
- Catalog descriptions of non-criminal justice courses
- Read this carefully to understand rules about satisfying multiple requirements with one course
- College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Advising Center
- Information about career planning in criminal justice
- Information about the accelerated master's degree program
- Who's My Advisor?
Radford University Undergraduate Catalog
The following information is taken from the 2009-2010 Radford University undergraduate catalog. While the following information is provided for reference, the official statement of undergraduate policies and curricula are contained in the Radford University Undergraduate Catalog (available online). Please review the catalog (for your catalog year!) and become familiar with its provisions!
Students majoring in criminal justice must meet the following requirements:
Core Curriculum Requirements
Criminal Justice majors are required to take the following four courses and are advised to take them as part of their core curriculum requirements:
- POSC-120, Introduction to American Government (3 credit hours)
- PSYC-121, General Psychology (3 credit hours)
- SOCY-110, Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hours)
- STAT-200, Introduction to Statistics (3 credit hours)
Required Criminal Justice Courses
The following courses make up the 27-hour core requirement for the criminal justice major. All criminal justice majors must take these nine courses:
- CRJU-150, Crime, Law & Justice (3 credit hours)
- CRJU-233, Courts and Criminal Process (3 credit hours)
- CRJU-235, Police and Society (3 credit hours)
- CRJU-238, Corrections (3 credit hours)
- CRJU-345, Historical Perspectives on Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
- CRJU-365, Diversity Issues in the Criminal Justice System (3 credit hours)
- CRJU-430, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3 credit hours)
- CRJU-485, Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
- CRJU-495, Critical Perspectives in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
In addition to the courses listed above, criminal justice majors must complete the following additional requirements:
- Other Major (Criminal Justice) Courses: Three additional courses with a criminal justice (CRJU) prefix, for a total of nine hours, are required. Please note that the core requirements (listed above), Introduction to Criminal Justice (CRJU-100), Independent Study (CRJU-498), and Criminal Justice Internship (CRJU-484) do not satisfy this requirement. However, Criminal Justice Experiential Learning (CRJU-483) does satisfy this requirement. More than one Seminar (CRJU-490) will count towards the nine hours, provided that the topic of the seminar varies.
- Grades in Major Courses: In order to graduate with a major in criminal justice, a letter grade of "C" or higher must be earned in all "CRJU" prefix courses. See pp. 58-59 of the 2009-2010 undergraduate catalog for the course repeat policy.
- Related Requirements: Two courses should be selected, as follows:
ONE COURSE will be chosen from:
PSYC-343, Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
PSYC-439, Abnormal Psychology (3 credit hours)
ONE COURSE will be chosen from:
CRJU-475, Crime and Criminal Behavior (3 credit hours)
SOCY-443, Deviance (3 credit hours)
SOCY-444, Juvenile Delinquency (3 credit hours)
- General Electives: Students should consult with their academic advisors in selecting elective courses to complete the 120 credit hours required for graduation.
Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Science Requirements
Students must complete either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree in criminal justice. Requirements for each are listed below.
- Bachelor of Arts: The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of the B.A. language requirements (see page 87 of the 2009-2010 undergraduate catalog). There are two options for completing the language requirements. Option 1 is for students with little to no foreign language background. Students are placed in a first-semester course by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and may fulfill this requirement by taking the first three semesters (the first four in Spanish) of a foreign language for a total of 12 semester hours. Option 2 is for students with enough of a foreign language background to be placed beyond a first-semester course. Students may fulfill this requirement by completing two courses above the first eight hours of language instruction (above nine in Spanish) for a total of 6 to 8 semester hours. Please note the "Credit Granting Policy and Eligibility for Enrollment in Language Courses" as outlined on page 163 of the current Undergraduate Catalog. Also, be advised that courses used to meet core curriculum requirements may not also be used to satisfy the B.A. requirements.
- Bachelor of Science: The Bachelor of Science requirements for criminal justice majors consist of 6 semester hours chosen from the following list of courses. See university policy regarding the use of credit to fulfill multiple requirements. Courses with asterisks (*) can be used for only one requirement, i.e., B.S., major, minor, option, or general education:
- BLAW-203, Legal Environment of Business (3 credit hours)
- COMM-114, Public Speaking (3 credit hours) *
- COMM-314, Organizational Communication (3 credit hours)
- COMM-332, Argumentation and Advocacy (3 credit hours)
- COMM-333, Persuasion (3 credit hours)
- ECON-391, Law and Economics (3 credit hours)
- GEOG-250, Introduction to GIS
- HLTH-451, Drug Use and Drug Abuse Education (3 credit hours) *
- ITEC-100, Introduction to Information Technology (3 credit hours) *
- COMS-400, Mass Media Law and Ethics (3 credit hours)
- PHIL-112, Introduction: Ethics and Society (3 credit hours)
- PHIL-113, Introduction: Reasoning and Argument (3 credit hours)
- PHIL-310, Professional Ethics (3 credit hours)
- PHIL-390, Ethical Theory (3 credit hours)
- POSC-300, Public Administration (3 credit hours)
- POSC-438, Constitutional Law - Government Powers (3 credit hours)
- POSC-439, Constitutional Law - Civil Liberties (3 credit hours)
- PSYC-218, Adolescent Psychology (3 credit hours)
- PSYC-405, Forensic Psychology (3 credit hours) *
- SOCY-333, Social and Cultural Diversity (3 credit hours)
- SOCY-365, Society and the Individual (3 credit hours)
Criminal justice courses offered by the community colleges may substitute for various courses in the criminal justice major at Radford. A maximum of 21 hours transfer credit may be applied toward the major. A minimum of 21 hours of course work with CRJU prefixes must be taken at Radford University. Students transferring credit should also note the "Transfer Credit" policies on page 60 of the 2009-2010 undergraduate catalog and the "Completing a Degree" requirements on pages 71-72 of the 2009-2010 undergraduate catalog.
Note that 30 of the last 39 hours of credit required for the degree must be completed at Radford University.
To graduate with a major in criminal justice, students must have completed the requirements listed above. In addition, students must have completed 120 credit hours. Finally, students must have an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher and a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in all courses with a CRJU prefix (also, as described in section 3b above, criminal justice majors must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses with a CRJU prefix).
Students must submit an application for graduation, generally in the semester prior to their anticipated graduation. Further information about application for graduation is available from the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center.