Eight-Semester Plan for B.S. in Criminal Justice

Major Program Guide For: B.S. in Criminal Justice
Suggested Course Sequence

  • Liberal Studies: 42 Credit Hours
  • Criminal Justice Major: 48 Credit Hours
  • Upper Level Major Electives: 24 Credit Hours
  • General Electives: 30 Credit Hours
  • Total for Degree: 120 Credit Hours

 

Freshman Year
Fall
Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
First Year Seminar 190 TBD 3
C1: ENGL 101 Composition I 3
C2: Math 101 Mathematical Concepts 3
C3: CMHC 201 Intro. to Speech Communication 3
General Elective TBD TBD 3
USI 130 University Experience 1
Spring
Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
C1: ENGL 102 Composition II 3
C4: Wellness
Heal or HSCC
  Three options 3
* C5: Physical & Biological Sciences TBD TBD 3
P1: Social Sciences Perspective TBD TBD 3
General Elective TBD TBD 3
Notes:
* 30 hours of general electives are required but a minor is strongly recommended.

 

Sophomore Year
Fall
Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
P1: Social Science Perspective TBD TBD 3
P3: History TBD TBD 3
P4: Humanities TBD TBD 3
* CJ 250 TBD The Criminal Justice System 3
General Elective TBD TBD 3
Spring
Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
C5: Physical & Biological Sciences     3
P6: World Cultures TBD TBD 3
CJ 300 Research Methods 3
P5: Fine and Performing Arts TBD TBD 3
General Elective TBD TBD 3
Notes:
* CJ 250 is pre-requisite for most upper level CJ courses.

 

Junior Year
Fall
Course Prefix of Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
Upper Level CJ Elective TBD TBD 3
CJ 330 Criminal Courts 3
CJ 340 Institutional Corrections 3
CJ 320 Police and Society 3
General Elective TBD Elective 3
Spring
Course Prefix of Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
CJ 370 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
Upper Level CJ Elective TBD TBD 3
Upper Level CJ Elective TBD TBD 3
General Elective TBD Elective 3
General Elective TBD Elective 3
Notes:
* Students meet upper level perspective requirement by choosing a 300-400 level course in one of the Liberal Studies Perspective Categories.
* After earning ninety hours, the student must file a graduation application form with the Dean and pay a $30 graduation fee to the university.

 

Senior Year
Fall
Course Prefix or Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
CJ 455 Theories of Crime 3
Upper Level CJ Elective TBD TBD 3
Upper Level CJ Elective TBD TBD 3
Upper Level CJ Elective TBD TBD 3
General Elective TBD elective 3
Spring
Course Prefix of Liberal Studies Requirement Course Number Course Title Hours
CJ 495 Senior Seminar 3
Upper Level CJ Elective TBD TBD 3
Upper Level CJ Elective TBD TBD 3
General Elective TBD elective 3
General Elective TBD elective 3

 

  • Total Hours for Degree: 120 Credit Hours
  • No credits will be given for work experience
  • A minor is recommended
  • Students may finish earlier if they attend summer school at WCU or another approved institution
  • REMINDER: 30 hours of 300-400 level courses must be taken at WCU
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