Criminal Justice, BACJ

Offered in: Chicago | Roosevelt Online

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice prepares students to become criminal justice professionals.

Courses in the Criminal Justice major cover contemporary issues facing decision makers in the American criminal justice system. Students learn how a society maintains social control while protecting individual rights, and how the Constitution applies to everyday life. Students discuss what causes criminal behavior and what makes effective crime policy. They learn how justice systems deter, control, and punish crime, and they understand the role of police, prosecutors, courts, defense attorneys, juries, and prisons in criminal justice outcomes.

The Criminal Justice major is divided into three components: a lower division 18-hour core that covers fundamentals and is consistent with Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) guidelines; an upper division 18-hour core; and six hours of elective requirements. The major includes a capstone senior seminar course designed to identify and analyze real-life issues facing criminal justice agencies, as well as techniques for developing and proposing solutions to constituents.

Requirements

The major is divided into three components: a lower division 15-hour core that serves as a basis for the fundamentals of criminal justice and is consistent with Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) guidelines; an upper division 18-hour core requirement; and a six-hour criminal justice elective component. The major includes a capstone course designed to identify and analyze real-life issues facing criminal justice agencies, as well as techniques for developing and proposing solutions to constituents.

Grade of C- or higher required in all major courses.

Core Requirements, Lower Division (meets IAI guidelines)
CJL 200INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE (IAI-CRJ901)3
CJL 220JUVENILE JUSTICE (IAI-CRJ914)3
CJL 230INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS (IAI-CRJ911)3
CJL 240INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY (IAI-CRJ912)3
CJL 250CRIMINAL LAW (IAI-CRJ913)3
Core Requirements, Upper Division
CJL 300POLICE & SOCIETY3
CJL 305RESEARCH METHODS3
CJL 310ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
CJL 330CRIMINAL JUSTICE & THE CONSTITUTION3
CJL 355CRIME IN AMERICA3
CJL 390SENIOR SEMINAR3
Electives
Select two of the following:6
VICTIMOLOGY
SERIAL AND MASS MURDER
COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS
WHITE COLLAR CRIME
DEATH PENALTY IN AMERICA
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
SPECIAL TOPICS
Other Requirements
Functional area: Related courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary area selected in consultation with an advisor18
General Education
Additional courses must be selected from any area to complete the 120 hour degree requirement63
Total Credit Hours120

General Education Requirements 

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR (required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours)3
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition (minimum grade of C- required)
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select nine credit hours total required from the following subject areas:9
African-American Studies
Art History
English (excluding 101 and 102)
History
Languages
Music
Philosophy
Theatre
Speech
Women's and Gender Studies
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY3
Natural Sciences
Select nine credit hours of the following:9
Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
Earth Science
Environmental Science
Geology
FINITE MATHEMATICS (or higher)
Physical Science
Physics
Sustainability
Social Sciences
Select nine credit hours total required from the following subject areas:9
African-American Studies
Anthropology
Economics
History
Journalism
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Women's and Gender Studies
Total Credit Hours45

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Professional Studies:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate.