Criminal Justice Major

The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice is a 120 credit-hour program. It is an interdisciplinary major, predicated on a common core of the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences. The goal of the program is to develop in students critical thinking skills and an increased analytical awareness of the role of law enforcement agencies, courts, correctional institutions, human services, and social advocacy venues in the criminal justice system. The curriculum includes coursework to provide students with awareness of recent advances in human dynamics, civil rights legislation, information technology and security, cybercrime, intelligence organizations, and leadership roles.

The course of study consists of an extensive overview of the criminal justice system and an intensive examination of each of the major components of the system. The program is designed to serve students who may elect to enter the criminal justice profession immediately upon graduation, students of the liberal arts with professional interest in criminal justice, and students who desire to pursue graduate or law school. Criminal Justice majors are able to apply for an internship during their junior year.

To request an application form, please call the Admissions office at 508-929-8040.

Requirements for a Major

42 credits in criminal justice, of which 22 must be completed at Worcester State University.

Major Core(24 credits)
CJ-101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ-102Introduction to Corrections3
CJ-111Law Enforcement and Society3
CJ-203Theories of Crime3
CJ-204Introduction to Research in Criminal Jus3
CJ-205American Judicial System3
CJ-302Criminal Law3
CJ-400Criminal Justice Capstone3
Criminal Justice Electives(18 credits)
Select 18 credits18
Total Credits42

Sample Timeline for Completion of Degree: Criminal Justice

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
LASCFirst-Year Seminar (FYS) 3
EN-101 College Writing I 3
CJ-101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
MA-099 Developmental Mathematics (or higher based on Accuplacer score) 3
LASCLASC Elective (CON) 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
EN-102 College Writing II 3
LASCLASC Elective (TLC) 3
CJ-102 Introduction to Corrections 3
CJ-111 Law Enforcement and Society 3
LASCLASC Elective (QR) 3
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
CJ-203 Theories of Crime 3
CJ-205 American Judicial System 3
LASCLASC Elective (GP) 3
LASCLASC Elective (HBS) 3
LASCLASC Elective (USW) 3
 Credits15
Semester Four
CJ-302 Criminal Law 3
CJElective Course in Major 3
LASCLASC Elective (NSP) 4
LASCLASC Elective (CA) 3
LASCLASC Elective (ICW) 3
 Credits16
Year Three
Semester Five
SELECTCJ Elective 3
SELECTCJ Elective 3
LASCLASC Elective (NSP) 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Six
CJ-204 Introduction to Research in Criminal Jus 3
SELECTCJ Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
CJ-400 Criminal Justice Capstone 3
SELECTCJ Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
SELECTCJ Elective 3
SELECTCJ Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
SELECTGeneral Elective 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits118

 

Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.