Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts

120 credits

The Department of Criminal Justice at Plymouth State University aims to serve students interested in careers in law enforcement, court administration, corrections, juvenile services, as well as graduate or law school. The Department also serves criminal justice agencies in the North Country and Lakes Region of New Hampshire by providing service and research support.

Students in Criminal Justice are exposed to a well-rounded liberal arts education that is interdisciplinary in nature. Therefore, students develop skills in a variety of areas including, but not limited to, problem solving techniques, communication skills, computing skills, and foreign language proficiency, along with an appreciation for ethical and professional behavior in the field. Upon completion of the program, students will have developed an independent sense of self, with a tolerance toward others and the ability to work in diverse cultures.

Students may transfer up to 50 percent of the required credits in the Criminal Justice BA degree program from an associate degree program. Students graduating with a BA in Criminal Justice must complete at least 50 percent of their credit hours through course work offered by Plymouth State University. For all students, at least 50 percent of the total course work for the major must be at the 3000/4000 level. The Department of Criminal Justice does not award course credit for life experience or training.

Degree Requirements


CJ 1010 The Criminal Justice System 3
CJ 2040 Criminal Adjudication 3
CJ 2070 Corrections 3
CJ 3050 The Law Enforcement Environment 3
CJ 3090 Criminology 3
CJ 3150 Society, Ethics, and the Law (DICO) (INCO) 3
CJ 4400 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
CJ 4800 Criminal Justice Seminar (WRCO) 3
CS 1170 Computing Technology in Criminal Justice (TECO) 3
SO 2220 Foundations of Sociology (DICO) 3
Part A - complete two major electives from the following: 6-7
AN 3600 Bones, Bodies, and Disease
CJ 3010 Forensic Science
CJ 3030 Forensic Science Laboratory
CJ 3040 Race, Class, Crime, and Justice
IS 4360 Cultural Diversity and American Society (DICO) (INCO)
PO 3630 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
PO 3680 Public Policy Analysis (WRCO)
PS 3030 Social Psychology
PS 3700 Psychology and Law
PS 4320 Abnormal Psychology
SO 3030 Social Psychology
SO 3070 The Sociology of the Family
SO 3100 Urban Sociology
SO 3180 Sociology of Deviance (DICO)
SO 3370 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
SO 3380 Drugs and Society (INCO)
SO 3450 Social Stratification
SW 3130 Child Welfare and Family Services (DICO)
SW 3150 Child Maltreatment
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection - complete one of the following: 3
CJ 2350 Statistics for Criminal Justice (QRCO)
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO)
MA 2350 Statistics for Criminal Justice (QRCO)
General Education
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Foreign language (GACO) 8
Electives 37-34

The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-8 credits: one year of one language (6-8 credits); or one 3000/4000 level world language course (3 credits); or being a native speaker of a language other than English (zero credit). American Sign Language I and II fulfill this requirement; however, American Sign Language does not satisfy the Global Awareness Connection.

Several of the Major Electives have prerequisites; see their course description for details.

*All course information is from the 2014-2015 Catalog.