Degree Requirements

Program Details

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies is one of the fastest growing and most popular degree programs at The University of Michigan-Dearborn.  The programís mission is to produce well-rounded, service oriented graduates with the technical skills needed to meet the challenges of criminal justice professionals in the 21st century. The program prepares students for diverse careers in law, justice, public administration, policy analysis, public security, and for graduate work in the social and behavioral sciences. The curriculum emphasizes understanding the structure, organization, and function of justice in American society.  Courses are taught by a dedicated and diverse group of nationally and regionally recognized faculty members who have established partnerships and cooperative agreements with local, state, and federal agencies.

The Major

Thirty criminal justice (CRJ) credits at the 300 level or above are required.  (PHIL 240, however, will count toward this requirement.)

Cognates are no longer required as part of the Criminal Justice Studies (CRJ) major.  However, most students majoring in CRJ will have room for additional electives.  When choosing your electives, consider taking courses to expand your knowledge base in areas related to Criminal Justice.  Please see a CASL Advisor (1039 CB) for a copy of the list.


Minor or Area of Focus

Criminal Justice (15 hrs.) Required:

A minor or area of focus consists of the following:

CRJ 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRJ 468 Criminology

Plus one course from the following:

CRJ 363 Criminal Justice Systems and Policy

CRJ 480 Applied Criminal Justice Theory

CRJ 489 Law, Crime, and Society

Plus an additional 6 credits of non-crosslisted Criminal Justice (CRJ) courses listed below:

CRJ 363 Criminal Justice Systems and Policy

CRJ 470 Current Issues in Criminal Justice

CRJ 471 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

CRJ 472 Corrections

CRJ 474 Cyber Crime

CRJ 475 Digital Evidence

CRJ 480 Applied Criminal Justice Theory

CRJ 482 Legal Ethics

CRJ 483 Justice, Crime, and the Environment

CRJ 486 Criminalistics: CSI to Justice

CRJ 489 Law, Crime, and Society

CRJ 490 Topics in Criminal Justice