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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

B.S. or B.A. Degree

The Criminal Justice Program is designed to prepare students for careers in law, law enforcement, corrections, and social science research.  Conceived with the idea that criminal justice professionals will benefit from a strong liberal arts education, the program stresses theory and policy analysis combined with professional experience.  A Ferrum College criminal justice graduate will have strong oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to think critically and solve problems while recognizing the importance of high ethical standards.

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing one of the following:

   CJU 499 Internship
   SOC 391 Directed Study in Sociology

    B.S. Degree

    Required Liberal Arts Core Courses

     MTH 103, MTH 107, or MTH 111 3
     SOC 101 General Sociology 3


      Degree Specific Requirements

       PSC 202 State and Local Government 3
       MTH 206 Introductory Statistics with Business Applications or MTH 208 Introduction to Statistics 3
       
         And Choose Two of the following:
         Approved Computer Course 3
         BUS 308 Business Communications 3
         ENG 461 Professional Writing 3
         ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I
      3

       Total Liberal Arts Core and B.S. Degree Specific Requirements    18

      B.A. Degree

      Required Liberal Arts Core Courses

         MTH 103, MTH 107, or MTH 111 3
         SOC 101 General Sociology 3

       Degree Specific Requirements

         PSC 202 State and Local Government 3
         MTH 206 Introductory Statistics with Business Applications or MTH 208 Introduction to Statistics
      3
         Six hours in Spanish (or other approved language) at the 200 level or higher 6

       Total Liberal Arts Core and B.A. Degree Specific Requirements     18


      Common Criminal Justice Required Courses (regardless of the degree):

         CJU 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
         CJU 204 American Corrections 3
         CJU 220 Criminal Law 3
         CJU 314 Courts and Judicial Process
      3
         CJU/ SOC 320 Deviance and Social Control 3
         CJU 361 Criminal Justice Administration and Leadership 3
         PSC 101 American National Government & Policies
      3
         SOC 203 Cultural Diversity 3
         SOC 470 Social Science Research or SSC 251 Introduction to Social Science Research 3
         CJU 498 Senior Seminar 3

      Total Credits for Criminal Justice Required Courses:    30

       

      Applied Criminology Emphasis: 

      The emphasis in Applied Criminology encompasses the myriad of options available to the graduate that would include positions as juvenile or adult probation officers, correctional counselors in prisons and jails, as well as parole officers, counselors in half way houses, and drug treatment centers and other therapeutic treatment centers.  This emphasis is interdisciplinary with a unique combination of courses in social work, sociology, psychology, and criminal justice.  This degree would also provide a foundation for students who were interested in pursuing graduate degrees in criminal justice, criminology, sociology, or social work.



         SWK 201 Introduction to Social Work
      3
         SOC 202 Social Problems 3
         PSY 320 Abnormal Psychology 3
         PSY 348 Introduction to the techniques of Counseling 3
         SWK 350 Substance Abuse Intervention Techniques 3
         CJU 404 Juvenile Justice
      3
         CJU 406 Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections 3
         CJU 499 Internship or SOC 391 Directed Study in Sociology 3

        Emphasis Total    24

        Total Hours Required in Major     54
         

        Criminal Justice Administration and Leadership Emphasis:

        Most graduates with undergraduate degrees in criminal justice start at the entry level regardless of whether they are employed in corrections, community corrections, or local, state, or federal law enforcement.  Advancement through most criminal justice agencies will be through administration and leadership positions.  Very few criminal justice graduates are prepared academically for advancement in the field because most programs tend to prepare them to be practitioners and not administrators.  The emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration and Leadership is designed to address this deficit.  This program would also lay a solid foundation for graduate work in public administration or criminal justice.  Since most criminal justice agencies are public organizations, it is felt that ACC 306 Government and Non Profit Accounting be required.  This course has prerequisites of ACC 201 and 202.  The strong accounting component will assist graduates who enter the law enforcement field because more and more criminal investigations are concerned with white collar crime which involves the diversion of legitimate assets into illegitimate ventures or vice versa.  This emphasis would be recommended to students who would typically enter law enforcement positions although it would be applicable to corrections as well.



           ACC 202 Principles of Accounting II 3
           ACC 306 Government and Non Profit Accounting 3
           BUS 303 Principles of Management 3
           PSC 324 U.S. Constitutional Law 3
           SOC 330 Organization & Behavior 3
           PSC 402 Policy Analysis 3
           CJU 408 Rural Issues in Criminal Justice 3
           CJU 499 Internship or SOC 391 Directed Study in Sociology 3

          Emphasis Total    24

          Total Hours Required in Major    54