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.
|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 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 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)|
|IS 1111||The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry||3|
|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|
|Foreign Language (GACO)||6|
*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.