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Criminal Justice Degree Requirements


Requirements for the liberal arts major in Criminal Justice (B.A.)

Criminal justice majors may select one of six specializations to focus their coursework around their research and career interests:
  • Law Enforcement
  • Courts
  • Corrections/Treatment
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Homeland Security (includes additional course requirements)
  • Information Security and Assurance (includes additional course requirements)


The first four specializations -- law enforcement, courts, corrections/treatment, and juvenile justice --  require 48 credit hours, the standard for the major. The last two specializations -- homeland security and information security and assurance -- are more intensive specializations requiring approximately 60 credits each (see below).

Click here to see the complete list of criminal justice courses, including prerequisite information. See complete major information in the Criminal Justice Handbook for Students.


Law enforcement, courts, corrections/treatment, and juvenile justice specializations:


1. Required Courses:
CRJ 100  Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 200  Criminological Theory
SOC 202  Research Methods
SOC 203  Social Statistics with Computer Applications

2. Core Courses (select 2):
CRJ 323  Delinquency & Juvenile Justice
CRJ 324  Corrections & Rehabilitative Institutions
CRJ 327  Police & Society
CRJ 329  Criminal Law & the Courts

(NOTE: The core course that corresponds with each specialization is required, but students may select their second core course).

3. Criminal Justice Electives (select 2):
CRJ 300 Alcohol, Drugs & Society
CRJ 320 Criminology & Public Policy
CRJ 330 Women, Crime & Justice
CRJ 332 Race/Ethnicity, Crime & Justice
CRJ 340 White-Collar Crime
CRJ 341 Cybercrime
CRJ 342 The Surveillance Society
CRJ 346 Profiling and Threat Assessment
CRJ 348 Terrorism and Homeland Security
CRJ 360 Criminal Careers & Career Criminals
CRJ 365 Critical Incident Analysis
CRJ 395 Special Topics: Criminal Justice Elective

4. Interdisciplinary Electives (select 2):
AN/SOC 320 Law & Society
AN/SOC 331 Race & Ethnic Relations
HST 301 History of American Cities
HST 304 History of American Industrial Economy & Cities
HST 318 History of Civil Rights Movement
HST 356 Modern Middle East
HST 357 Arab-Israeli Conflict
HST/WGS 361 History of American Families
HST 392 Working Detroit
PHL 311 Philosophy of International Relations
PHL 319 Philosophy of Law
PHL 320 Global Justice
PHL 321 Political Philosophy
MIS 480 Information Privacy
PS 241 Law and Politics
PS 314 International Politics: Theory and Practice
PS 340 Constitutional Law
PS 341 Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
PS 342 The Judicial Process
PS 360 International Terrorism
PS 413 International Law
PSY 321 Child Development
PSY 322 Adolescence & Youth
PSY 341 Intro to Psychopathology
PSY 343 Psychopathology of Childhood
SOC/WGS 207 Human Sexuality
SOC 222 Sociology of Mental Illness
SOC 301 Social Stratification
SOC/SW 315 Social Welfare Policy
SOC 326 Family & Community Processes
SOC/WGS 336 Sociology of Gender
SOC 345 Urban Sociology
SOC 346 Communities
SW 364 Substance Abuse Theory & Practice I
SW 365 Substance Abuse Theory & Practice II

5. Internship:
CRJ 430  Internship in Criminal Justice

6. Capstone:
CRJ 490  Capstone: Criminal Justice Policy Analysis

TOTAL: 48

Requirements for the homeland security specialization:

1. Required Courses:
CRJ 100  Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 200  Criminological Theory
SOC 202  Research Methods
SOC 203  Social Statistics with Computer Applications

2. Core Courses:
CRJ 327  Police & Society
CRJ 329  Criminal Law & the Courts


3. Criminal Justice Electives (select 4):
CRJ 300 Alcohol, Drugs, & Society
CRJ 341 Cybercrime and Information Assurance
CRJ 342 Surveillance Society
CRJ 346 Profiling and Threat Assessment
CRJ 348 Terrorism and Homeland Security
CRJ 365 Critical Incident Analysis

4. Interdisciplinary Electives (select 3):
AN/SOC 331 Race & Ethnic Relations
HST 352 Nationalism in Modern Europe
HST 356 Modern Middle East
HST 357 Arab-Israeli Conflict
HST 359 Modern Iran and Iraq
HST 382 Religion, Politics, & American Culture
MIS 480 Information Privacy (3 credits)
PHL 311 Philosophy of International Relations
PHL 320 Global Justice
PS 314 International Politics: Theory and Practice
PS 332 Politics of the Middle East & North Africa
PS 334 Political Systems of Asia
PS 340 Constitutional Law
PS 341 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
PS 360 International Terrorism: Causes, Consequences & Responses
PS 413 International Law

5. Internship:
CRJ 430  Internship in Criminal Justice

6. Capstone:
CRJ 490  Capstone: Criminal Justice Policy Analysis

TOTAL: 59-60

Requirements for the information security and assurance specialization:

1. Required Courses:
CRJ 100  Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 200  Criminological Theory
SOC 202  Research Methods
SOC 203  Social Statistics with Computer Applications

2. Core Courses:
CRJ 327  Police & Society
CRJ 329  Criminal Law & the Courts

3. Required MIS Courses (3 credits each):
MIS 301 Survey of Management Information Systems
MIS 305 Information Technology Foundation
MIS 314 Data and Process Modeling
MIS 315 Systems Design
MIS 405 Networks
MIS 480 Information Systems Security Lab

4. Criminal Justice Electives (select 2):
CRJ 340 White-Collar Crime
CRJ 341 Cybercrime and Information Assurance
CRJ 342 Surveillance Society
CRJ 346 Profiling and Threat Assessment
CRJ 348 Terrorism and Homeland Security

5. Interdisciplinary Electives (select 1):
MIS 480 Information Privacy (3 credits)
PS 340 Constitutional Law
PS 341 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
PS 360 International Terrorism: Causes, Consequences & Responses
PHL 320 Global Justice

5. Internship:
CRJ 430  Internship in Criminal Justice

6. Capstone:
CRJ 490  Capstone: Criminal Justice Policy Analysis

TOTAL: 60-62