Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science

Offered by Department of Criminal Justice

General Studies
Foundational Requirements (LOPERs 1-4)12
LOPER 4: Mathematics, Statistics, and Quantitative Reasoning
Introduction to Statistics for Social Sciences
Elementary Statistics
Broad Knowledge Requirements (LOPERs 5-8)12
LOPER 7: Social Science
General Psychology
Human Development
Dispositional Requirements (LOPERs 9-10) 16
LOPER 9: Civic Competency and Engagement
Introduction to American Politics
Wellness (LOPER 11) Optional0
BS Science-related course requirements
Program Specified Requirements3
Introduction to Sociology
Complete all required courses0
Major Option
Complete all required courses36
Minor or 2nd Major
Complete all required courses 224
Unrestricted electives
Needed to reach 120 credit hour minimum27
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 480Criminal Justice Seminar: Professional Ethics and Career Development3
CJUS 304Criminal Justice Research Methods I3
Take at least 5 hours of:5
Internship 3
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
Sex Crimes
Women and Crime
Minorities and Criminal Justice
Criminal Investigation
Special Topics
Criminal Justice Research Methods II
Readings in Criminal Justice
Supervision and Management in Criminal Justice
Drugs and the Criminal Justice System
Interviewing and Correctional Case Management
Laws of Arrest, Search and Seizure
Sex Offender Supervision and Control
Advanced Criminal and Crime Scene Investigations (CSI)
Independent Study
Total Credit Hours36

Designated courses with the appropriate content may be approved to satisfy one of the Broad Knowledge requirements plus LOPER 9 or Broad Knowledge plus LOPER 10. Courses may be approved to satisfy LOPER 9 or LOPER 10 alone. (Courses satisfying LOPER 9 or LOPER 10 alone must be 3 credit hours.) Students applying this option will need to take additional hours in other categories to meet the required GS hours.


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.