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

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
B.S. Degree requires two courses (six hours) from the following:
   Approved Computer Course 3
   ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I  3
   BUS 308 Business Communications 3
   ENG 461 Professional Writing  3

 B.A. Degree requires six hours in Spanish (or other approved language)    at the 200 level or higher


 Total Liberal Arts Core and Degree Specific Requirements    18

(for both B.S. and B.A.)

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 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


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.

   CJU 404 Juvenile Justice   3
   CJU 406 Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections  3
   CJU 499 Internship OR SOC 391 Directed Study in Sociology y 3
   PSY 320 Abnormal Psycholog 3
   PSY 348 Introduction to the Techniques of Counseling 3
   SOC 202 Social Problems 3
   SWK 201 Introduction to Social Work 3
   SWK 350 Substance Abuse Intervention Techniques 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
   CJU 408 Rural Issues in Criminal Justice  3
   CJU 499 Internship OR SOC 391 Directed Study in Sociology  3
   PSC 324 U.S. Constitutional Law 3
   PSC 402 Policy Analysis 3
   SOC 330 Organization & Behavior 3

Emphasis Total    24

Total Hours Required in Major    54


Forensic Investigation Emphasis:

The forensic investigation emphasis helps prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical principles necessary to process and report on physical evidence at a crime scene or in connection with a civil investigation. The program is designed to help students understand both the theory and practice of the forensic disciplines and of police work. Based on national guidelines, the curriculum provides a basic foundation in investigative, scientific, and laboratory-based forensics and introduces students to the various disciplines that make up the forensic collaborative workgroup. Students may pursue further education or employment in the field.

Required Courses

CJU 330 Criminal Investigation 3
CJU 335 Forensic Investigation 3

 Elective Courses (19 hours) Pick any six courses from the following:

CHM 331 Forensic Science 4
CJU 250 Friction Ridge Analysis 3
CJU 340 Interview & Crisis Intervention 3
CJU 375 Crime Scene Photography 3
CJU 430 Specialized Investigation 3
CJU 460 Criminal Profiling 3
GEO 221 Geographical Information Systems 4


Emphasis Total 25 - 26
Total Hours Required in Major 55 - 56