Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ)

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
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
Social/Behavior Science Elective
Select 9 SCH from any 3000-4000 level ANTH/CRIJ/ECO/GEOG/HIST/PHIL/PSCI/PSYC/SOCI/URBS/WGST 9
Major
CRIJ 1301Intro to Criminal Justice3
CRIJ 1306Courts&Criminal Procedure3
CRIJ 2313Correctional Systems&Practice3
CRIJ 2328Police Systems&Practices3
CRIJ 2329Fundamentals of Criminal Law3
CRIJ 4321Senior Pro-Seminar3
CRIJ 4325Statistics in Criminal Justice3
SOCI 3336Criminology3
Select 3 SCH from the following:3
Research Methods in Social Sci
Research Methods in Social Sci
Research Methods in Social Sci
Select 12 SCH from any 3000-4000 level CRIJ. All CRIJ majors must first satisfy the lower level CRIJ courses or their junior/community college equivalents in the sequence indicated before enrolling in advanced12
Minor
Select a minimum of 18 SCH from one discipline at least twelve of which must be at the 3000-4000 level. See Appendix C. Instead of a minor, students may complete 18 SCH of electives, 12 SCH of which must be at the 3000-4000 level, from any discipline, except the major field, outside the College of Nursing and Health Sciences18
Electives
Select 5 SCH at the 3000-4000 level. Students who do not elect to have a minor curriculum may use up to 9 hours of their available electives in additional courses in their major curriculum5
Total Semester Credit Hours120
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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 Option: See Combined BA/MA 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
HIST 1301 The US to 1877 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
CRIJ 1301 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
UNIV 1101 Learn a Global Context I 1
Social/Behavioral Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ENGL 1302 English Composition II 3
HIST 1302 The US Since 1877 3
CRIJ 1306 Courts&Criminal Procedure 3
UNIV 1402 Signature Course 4
Creative Arts 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Sophomore
Fall
PSCI 2305 American National Government 3
CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems&Practice 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture 3
Life & Physical Science 3
Life & Physical Science Lab 1
Minor/General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
PSCI 2306 American State Government 3
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems&Practices 3
CRIJ 2329 Fundamentals of Criminal Law 3
Life & Physical Science 3
Life & Physical Science Lab 1
Minor/General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Junior
Fall
SOCI 3336 Criminology 3
CRIJ - Adv CRIJ Elective 3
Adv Soc/Behavioral Science 3
Adv General Elective 3
Foreign Lang/Study Abroad 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CRIJ - Adv CRIJ Elective 3
CRIJ - Research Methods 3
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
Foreign Lang/Study Abroad 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Senior
Fall
CRIJ 4325 Statistics in Criminal Justice 3
CRIJ - Adv CRIJ Elective 3
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
Adv General Elective 2
Adv Soc/Behavioral Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
CRIJ 4321 Senior Pro-Seminar 3
Adv Minor/General Elective 3
CRIJ - Adv CRIJ Elective 3
Adv Soc/Behavioral Science 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120
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General electives, 5 SCH at the 3000-4000 level from any discipline, except the major field, outside the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

NOTE 1: See information on the combined BS/MS in Criminal Justice.

NOTE 2: Students who do not elect to have a minor curriculum may use up to 9 hours of their available electives in additional courses in their major curriculum.

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

Some courses may require prerequisites not listed.