Bachelor of Arts with Majors in Criminal Justice and Political Science (BA)

Hours Required

120 semester credit hours (SCH): 45 hours must be advanced, with fulfillment of degree requirements as specified in the "Requirements for Graduation" section of this catalog and the General Requirements for Undergraduate degrees at the beginning of this section.

Requirements

University Core Curriculum
Select 42 SCH as outlined in the suggested plans and as specified in the "Requirements for Graduation"42
Math Elective
Select 3 SCH from any math course above the level of College Algebra. MATH 1342 strongly recommended3
Life & Physical Science Lab
Select 1 SCH compatible with a Life & Physical Science course1
Foreign Language/Study Abroad
Select 6 SCH in course work (not credit by exam) above the university’s foreign language graduation requirement. Thus, students who meet the university’s foreign language graduation requirement by earning 6 hours of credit by exam, may take 6 SCH in the same language but at the intermediate level or above, or they may take 6 SCH of another foreign language at the introductory level. This requirement may also be met by earning 6 SCH in any subject while participating in a TAMIU-approved Study Abroad program while living for at least 4 weeks in another country. 6
Criminal Justice Major
CRIJ 1301Intro to Criminal Justice3
CRIJ 2329Fundamentals of Criminal Law3
CRIJ 4321Senior Pro-Seminar3
CRIJ 4325Statistics in Criminal Justice3
SOCI 3336Criminology3
Select one from the following:3
Research Methods in Social Sci
Research Methods in Social Sci
Research Methods in Social Sci
Lower level Criminal Justice elective
Select one from the following:3
Courts&Criminal Procedure
Correctional Systems&Practice
Police Systems&Practices
Select 12 SCH from CRIJ 3000-4000 (9 SCH may be at the graduate level for BS/MS CRIJ students) 12
Political Science Major
PSCI 3313Class&Med Political Phil3
PSCI 3314Modern Political Philosophy3
PSCI 4311The Constitution and Civil Lib3
PSCI 4351Senior Seminar in PSCI3
American Politics
Select 3 SCH from the following:3
Congress and the Presidency
Constitution and Crim Pro Law
Constitution and Govt Powers
The Political System of U.S
Comparative Politics
PSCI 3305Govt & Politics of Europe3
or PSCI 3310 Studies in Comp Politics
International Relations
PSCI 4335International Politics3
or PSCI 4340 American Foreign Policy
Comparative/International Politics
Select 3 SCH from the following:3
Latin American Pol Systems
International Law & Org
Mexican Politics & Government
Special Stud in Political Sci (when the topic is comparative or international)
Select 9 SCH from the 3000-4000 level (or higher for BA/MA students) not used for any other requirement9
General Elective
Select 2 SCH2
Total Semester Credit Hours120
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Comparative/International Politics, this requirement may also be met by the "second" or unused course in the Comparative Politics or International Relations required course sequence

Note: All CRIJ majors must first satisfy the lower level CRIJ courses or their junior/community college equivalents in the sequence indicated before enrolling in advanced courses.

BA/MA, BS/MS Option: See Combined BA/MA, BS/MS Programs in this section

Following is a suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their advisor each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment; responsible for reviewing the Program of Study Requirements; responsible for meeting all course prerequisites; and must meet foreign language and writing intensive course requirements for graduation. See Academic Regulations-Undergraduate online.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3
GEOG 1303 General World Geography 3
HIST 1301 The US to 1877 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
PSCI 2305 American National Government 3
UNIV 1101 Learn a Global Context I 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CRIJ 1301 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
ENGL 1302 English Composition II 3
HIST 1302 The US Since 1877 3
MATH - Math Elective 3
UNIV 1402 Signature Course 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Sophomore
Fall
CRIJ - Lower Level Elec 3
PSCI 2306 American State Government 3
Foreign Language/Study Abroad 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture 3
Life & Physical Science 3
Life & Physical Science Lab 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CRIJ 2329 Fundamentals of Criminal Law 3
PSCI - American Politics 3
Foreign Language/Study Abroad 3
Creative Arts 3
Life & Physical Science 3
Life & Physical Science Lab 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Junior
Fall
CRIJ - Research Methods 3
CRIJ - Adv CRIJ Elective 3
PSCI 3313 Class&Med Political Phil 3
PSCI - Adv PSCI Elective 3
SOCI 3336 Criminology 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CRIJ 4325 Statistics in Criminal Justice 3
CRIJ - Adv CRIJ Elective 3
PSCI 3314 Modern Political Philosophy 3
PSCI - International Relations 3
PSCI - Adv PSCI Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Senior
Fall
CRIJ - Adv CRIJ Elective 3
PSCI 4311 The Constitution and Civil Lib 3
PSCI - Comparative Politics 3
PSCI - Comp/Intl PSCI Elective 3
General Elective 2
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
CRIJ 4321 Senior Pro-Seminar 3
CRIJ - Adv CRIJ Elective 3
PSCI 4351 Senior Seminar in PSCI 3
PSCI - Adv PSCI Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester.

Some courses may require prerequisites not listed.