BS in Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice degree provides students with general knowledge in the methods and theories of social science and specialized preparation in the study of criminal activity, policing, criminal court procedures, corrections, and social policy related to crime control. The program is designed for working students and it may be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

Distribution Requirements

(total 48 credits)

English

  • MET EN 104 English Composition
  • MET EN 201 Intermediate Composition

Mathematics

  • MET MA 113 or MET MA 213

Computer Science

  • MET CS 101 Computers and Their Applications

Natural Science

  • Eight credits in the natural sciences (N)

Literature

  • Four credits in a 100- or 200-level MET EN literature course or MET HU 221

Philosophy

  • MET PH 150 or a similar philosophy course dealing with ethics

History

  • Four credits

Additional Courses

  • Four credits in the Humanities (H)
  • Eight credits in the Humanities (H) or Natural Sciences (N)

Specialization and Related Courses

(total 64 credits)

A total of 16 courses (64 credits), completed with a grade of C or higher, is required.

Core Requirements

The following six courses (24 credits) are required:

  • MET CJ 101 Principles of Criminal Justice
  • MET CJ 251 Police and Society
  • MET CJ 271 Corrections: Concepts, Systems, and Issues
  • MET CJ 351 Criminal Law
  • MET CJ 352 Courts, Society, and Criminal Procedure
  • MET SO 201 Sociological Methods (offered only in alternate years)

Core Electives

Choose seven courses (28 credits) from the following (at least four of these courses must be at the 300 level or higher):

  • MET CJ 380 Business Intelligence and Industrial Security
  • MET CJ 510 Special Topics in Criminal justice
  • MET CJ 540 Computer Applications in Criminal Justice
  • MET PS 241 Developmental Psychology
  • MET PS 251 Psychology of Personality
  • MET PS 261 Social Psychology
  • MET SO 204 Contemporary Social Problems
  • MET SO 207 Sociology of Minority Groups
  • MET SO 209 Crime and Delinquency
  • MET SO 305 Violence in the Family
  • MET SO 308 Individual and Society
  • MET SO 335 Technology, Environment, and Society
  • MET SO 344 Drugs and Society
  • MET SO 510 Rehabilitation and Reintegration
  • MET UA 301 Introduction to Urban Affairs

Additional courses may be chosen with academic counselor’s approval.

Related Courses

Three courses (12 credits) from any department, with at least one at the 300 level or higher, selected with the advice and approval of the Criminal Justice Advisor, to supplement the curriculum and allow students to develop further specialization in such areas as computer sciences, foreign languages, psychology, sociology, and other closely related areas.

Electives

(total 16 credits)

Usually four courses (16 credits), but possibly more depending on transfer credits, chosen with the advice of an academic counselor.