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 an increased analytical awareness of the role of law enforcement agencies, courts, and correctional institutions in the criminal justice system. The curriculum includes course work to provide students with awareness of recent advances in human dynamics, civil rights legislation and information technology.

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 without professional interest in criminal justice, and students who desire to pursue graduate work. Criminal Justice majors are able to apply for an internship in a criminal justice related organization during their junior year.

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

Requirements for a Major

39 credits in criminal justice, of which 21 must be completed at Worcester State University.

Major Core(21 credits)
CJ-101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ-102Introduction to Corrections3
CJ-111Law Enforcement and Society3
CJ-203Theories of Crime3
CJ-205American Judicial System3
CJ-331Research Methods in Criminal Justice3
CJ-400Criminal Justice Capstone3
Criminal Justice Electives(18 credits)
Select 18 credits18
Total Credits39

Sample Timeline for Completion of Degree: Criminal Justice

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
LASC First-Year Seminar (FYS)3
EN-101 English Composition I 3
CJ-101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
MA-099 Developmental Mathematics (or higher based on Accuplacer score) 3
LASC LASC Elective (CON)3
 Credits15
Semester Two
EN-102 English Composition II 3
LASC LASC Elective (TLC)3
CJ-102 Introduction to Corrections 3
CJ-111 Law Enforcement and Society 3
LASC LASC Elective (QR)3
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
CJ-203 Theories of Crime 3
CJ-205 American Judicial System 3
LASC LASC Elective (GP)3
LASC LASC Elective (HBS)3
LASC LASC Elective (USW)3
 Credits15
Semester Four
CJ Elective Course in Major3
CJ Elective Course in Major3
LASC LASC Elective (NSP)4
LASC LASC Elective (CA)3
LASC LASC Elective (ICW)3
 Credits16
Year Three
Semester Five
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 Credits15
Semester Six
CJ-331 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
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 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
CJ-400 Criminal Justice Capstone 3
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 Credits15
Semester Eight
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 Total Credits121

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.