Bachelor of Arts

Criminal Justice programs at Plymouth State University aim to serve students interested in careers in law enforcement, court administration, corrections, juvenile services, as well as graduate or law school. Consistent with the general mission of Plymouth State University, the programs seeks to produce well-rounded graduates who are equipped to both continue their education and enter the work force. In addition, the department serves the surrounding community, not only by producing high quality graduates well prepared to enter their field, but also by partnering with local and regional agencies to provide academic and research support.

Students in the BA in criminology degree program are exposed to a well-rounded liberal arts education that is interdisciplinary in nature. 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 understand how the criminal justice system fits into our broader society, the functions it serves, how it relates to and interacts with other fields and systems, and how policy is shaped and formed. Students will also have developed an independent sense of self, with a tolerance toward others and the ability to work in diverse cultures.

Degree RequirementsComplementary Courses
Degree Requirements Credits
CJ 1020 Criminal Justice in Action 4
CJ 3155 Society, Ethics, and the Law (DICO) (INCO) 4
CJ 3260 Data Analysis for Criminal Justice (QRCO) (TECO) 4
CJ 3401 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 4
CJ 4805 Criminal Justice Seminar (WRCO) 4
Complete one of the following: 4
CJ 2080 Crime and Criminals
SO 2080 Crime and Criminals
Complete one of the following:  4
CJ 3270 Explaining Crime
SO 3270 Explaining Crime Part A – complete two major electives from the following: 8
CJ 2045 Criminal Procedure
CJ 2075 Corrections
CJ 2090 Criminal Law
CJ 3055 The Law Enforcement Environment
Part B – complete one major elective from the following: 3-4
AN 3605 Forensic Anthropology
CJ 3005 Criminal Investigation
CJ 3015 Cybercrime
CJ 3025 Forensic Science
CJ 3075 Race, Class, Crime, and Justice (DICO)
CJ 3085 Juvenile Delinquency
CJ 3405 Homeland Security
CJ 3515 Women and Crime (DICO) (GACO)
CJ 3600 Restorative Justice Practice with Youth
CJ 3720 Topics in Criminal Justice
IS 4360 Cultural Diversity and American Society (DICO) (INCO)
PO 3635 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
SO 3085 Juvenile Delinquency
SO 3185 Sociology of Deviance (DICO)
SO 3375 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (DICO)
SO 3385 Drugs and Society (INCO)
General Education:
EN 1400 Composition 4
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundation 8-4
CTDI Creative Thought Direction 8-4
PPDI Past and Present Direction 8-4
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Direction 8-4
SSDI Self and Society Direction 8-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SIDI, SSDI)* 8-4
WECO Wellness Connection 8-4
Foreign Language (GACO) 6
Electives 42-39
Total   120

*Directions should total 20 credits (unless the major has a waiver for a specific Direction).

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

The foreign language requirement for all BA degrees calls for 0-6 credits: one year of one language (6 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.

Students in Criminology are encouraged to consider a minor in another department that would interface with the field of Criminology. Free electives could be used to fulfill the requirements for minors such as: Anthropology/Sociology, Business Administration, Child Welfare and Family Studies, Computing, French, Information Technology, Media Studies, Peace and Social Justice Studies, Political Science, Pre-Law, Professional Communication, Psychology, Spanish or Women’s Studies.