Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science

Offered by Department of Criminal Justice

General Studies
Foundational Core (Written, Math, Oral, Democracy)
Foundational Core courses12
Introduction to Statistics for Social Sciences
Elementary Statistics
Select one course numbered 1883
ENG 101Introduction of Academic Writing3
If ENG 101 is not taken as a prerequisite for ENG 102 then additional hours may be required to meet the 27 credit hour minimum in the Distribution Area of General Studies.
Social Sciences9
Introduction to American Politics
Introduction to Sociology
General Psychology
Human Development
Natural Sciences7
Analytical and Quantitative Thought0
Select one course numbered 3883
BS Science-related course requirements
Complete all required courses0
Major Option
Complete all required courses36
Minor or 2nd Major
Complete all required courses 124
Unrestricted electives
Needed to reach 120 credit hour minimum14
Total Credit Hours120

A grade of "C" or above is required for all courses in this major.

At least 15 credit hours (5 courses) of upper division credit in criminal justice must be taken from UNK.

Criminal Justice Requirements
CJUS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJUS 103Orientation to Criminal Justice1
CJUS 215Correctional Services and Systems3
CJUS 230The Police Service3
CJUS 326Theories of Crime and Criminal Law3
CJUS 340Criminal Evidence, Procedure and the Courts3
CJUS 480Senior Seminar: Professional Ethics and Career Development3
CJUS 250Criminal Justice Research Methods I3
or SOWK 440 Fundamentals of Research in Social Welfare
CJUS 475Internship 25-9
Criminal Justice Electives
Select 9 credit hours of the following:9
The Juvenile Justice System
Community Based Corrections
Victimology: Victims of Crime
Technology in Criminal Justice
Criminal Law
Organized Crime
Crime Prevention and Security
Family Law
Sex Crimes
Women and Crime
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
Minorities and Criminal Justice
Criminal Investigation
Special Topics
Criminal Justice Research Methods II
Readings in Criminal Justice
Correctional Casework
Supervision and Management in Criminal Justice
Drugs and the Criminal Justice System
Correctional Law and Administration
Interviewing and Correctional Case Management
Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure
Sex Offender Supervision and Control
Terrorism and Crisis Negotiations
Advanced Criminal and Crime Scene Investigations (CSI)
Independent Study
Total Credit Hours36-40

A minor or second major is required for a complete degree program. The number of required electives needed to reach 120 total credit hours overall will depend upon the specific program chosen.

The following Minors are suggested: Spanish, Business Administration, Computer Science, Information Technology, Social Work, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, or Sociology.


Permission of Department Chair required. Students normally take their internship during the summer following their junior year, although the course is offered at other times. Students with field experience in criminal justice or going to graduate school may substitute CJUS 405 Criminal Justice Research Methods II in place of the Internship.