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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Program Overview:

Wichita State University, a forerunner in criminal justice education, was the fourth institution in the United States to offer college course work in police science. Since its beginning in 1934 as a police program, it has broadened its scope to include the total criminal justice system. Criminal Justice students may participate in cooperative education and internship programs which provide related employment opportunities with local and federal criminal justice agencies.

The Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) provides networking opportunities to members by bringing speakers to campus and scheduling tours of various agencies. Students interested in Criminal Justice might consider combining the degree with study in investigative reporting/journalism. Other related programs include medical technology, the laboratory sciences or, for working in corrections, psychology and sociology. 

Students who have completed course work after August 1, 1989, from the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, the Wichita Police Department Training Academy or the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, may receive academic credit for the Detention Deputy Training course or the Law Enforcement Basic Training course.

To request more information on the Criminal Justice certificate programs, or how to apply to receive academic credit for the Law Enforcement Academy Training, contact the undergraduate program coordinator, Dr. Michael Palmiotto, E-Mail: michael.palmiotto@wichita.edu; Telephone: 978-6524.

For more information on what you can do with a degree in Criminal Justice, click here.

Program Requirements:

At the undergraduate level, the Criminal Justice Program offers the Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. This degree program is designed to provide preservice and inservice students with a broad educational background in all aspects of the criminal justice field. The Bachelor of Science degree program is described below:

MAJOR: The major in criminal justice consists of at least 36 hours (but not more than 50 hours will count toward the BS degree) ENGL 210 and ETHS 360 are additional requirements. Students must also satisfy Fairmount College requirements (including the foreign language requirement) and the University requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. Students must complete 21 hours of core courses and 15 hours of electives (there is a maximum of 6 hours total allowed in 481 and/or 483) . Students may take 14 additional credit hours (general electives) beyond the 36 hours required for the major (for a total of 50 hours).

MINOR: The minor in criminal justice consists of at least 18 hours of criminal justice courses and must include CJ 191 and two of the following: CJ 391, 392, 394, and 593.

CJ 191 IS THE PREREQUISITE FOR ALL CRIMINAL JUSTICE COURSES. COURSES NUMBERED 600 AND ABOVE REQUIRE A MINIMUM OF EITHER 15 HOURS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE COURSES, OR JUNIOR, SENIOR, OR GRADUATE STANDING.

CORE COURSES (21 HOURS):

CJ 598 must be taken in the last two semesters of study. All other core courses must be completed BEFORE enrolling in CJ 598. English 210 and ETHS 360 are additional requirements.

CJ 191 - Introduction to Criminal Justice CJ 407 - Introduction to Research Methods
CJ 391 - Corrections CJ 593 - Crime Causation & CJ Policy
CJ 392 - Law Enforcement CJ 598 - Contemporary Issues in CJ
CJ 394 - Courts & Judicial Systems
 





 

ELECTIVE COURSES (15 HOURS):

 

CJ 310 - Community-Based Corrections CJ 515 - Sex Crimes
CJ 315 - Criminal Law CJ 516 - Profiling
CJ 320 - Criminal Procedure CJ 517 - Homicide Investigations
CJ 341 - Criminalistics CJ 518 - CJ & Crime in Film
CJ 343 - Special Investigations CJ 541 - Med. & Lgl. Aspects of Death Invest.
CJ 351 - The Victim in CJ CJ 551 - Wkshp. in CJ (1-3)
CJ 353 - Org. & White Collar Crime CJ 600 - Forensic Anthropology
CJ 381 - Special Topics CJ 610 - Correctional Counseling
CJ 393 - Serial Killers CJ 641 - Forensic Psychiatry
CJ 401 - Mgmt. of the CJ Agency CJ 643 - Forensic Science
CJ 420 - Criminal Evidence CJ 651 - Dispute Resolution
CJ 451 - International CJ CJ 652 - Juvenile Justice
CJ 453 - Crime Prevention CJ 692 - Community Policing
CJ 481 - Cooperative Ed. (1-4) N.B. CJ 783 - Advance Special Topics
CJ 483 - Directed Study (1-3) N.B. CJ 797 - Pgrm. Eval. & Plcy. Anal.
CJ 501 - Integ. in Public Svc.

 















 

 

 

N.B. THERE IS A MAXIMUM OF 6 HOURS TOTAL ALLOWED IN EITHER CJ 481, OR CJ 483.

ETHS 360 & ENGL 210 are additional requirements for the CJ Major.
 

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