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Department of Criminal Justice

Main Office
Chilton Hall, 273
P.O. Box 305130
Denton, TX 76203-5130
(940) 565-2562
Fax: (940) 565-2548

Web site: www.unt.edu/cjus

Robert W. Taylor, Chair

Faculty

Professors Holman, Quinn, Taylor, Tobolowsky. Associate Professors Caeti, Chilton, Fritsch. Assistant Professors Liederbach, Loper, Trulson. Wilmot. Lecturers Hueske, Senderson.

Programs of Study

The Department of Criminal Justice coordinates and directs the program in the following areas:

Bachelor of Science

Major in Criminal Justice Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in criminal justice must meet the following requirements.

1. Hours Required and General/School Requirements: A minimum of 124 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree as specified in the “General University Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Public Affairs and Community Services requirements.

2. Major Requirements: 54 hours, including 48 hours in criminal justice: CJUS 2100, 2600, 3201, 3300, 3400, 3600, 3700, 4200, 4500, 4700, 4901; 15 hours of advanced criminal justice elective courses (which may be used to customize an area of interest); and 6 hours of supporting courses: SOCI 1510 and PSYC 1630.

3. Other Course Requirements: 3 hours of ENGL 2700 (or its equivalent) and 3 hours of computer skills (selected from CECS 1100, CSCE 1010, BCIS 2610 or equivalent).

4. Minor: None required.

5. Electives: 23 hours.

6. Other Requirements: All students entering the Criminal Justice program must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 or otherwise be in good academic standing.

Minor in Criminal Justice

A minor requires completion of 18 semester hours in criminal justice, including CJUS 2100, 3201 and 3600, and 9 additional hours of criminal justice courses.

Certificate in Criminalistics

A certificate in criminalistics requires completion of 15 semester hours, including CJUS 3330, BIOL 3331, CJUS 4360, CJUS 4370 or CJUS 4380; plus one course from CJUS 4370 or 4380 (whichever was not previously taken) or CJUS 3340 or additional related upper-level course approved by the criminalistics coordinator.

Graduate Degrees

The department offers a degree program leading to the Master of Science with a major in criminal justice. The University of North Texas Toulouse School of Graduate Studies also offers degree programs leading to the Master of Science in inter-disciplinary studies with an emphasis in criminal justice. For complete information, consult the Graduate Catalog.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The “Course and Subject Guide,” found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

BS with a Major in Criminal Justice

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites.
*See the University Core Curriculum section of this catalog for approved list of course options.
**See an adviser in the Office of Student Services for approved list of course options.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
ENGL 1310, College Writing I* 3
HIST 2610, United States History to 1865* 3
PSCI 1040, American Government* 3
PSYC 1630, General Psychology I (may be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement*) 3
Computer Skills (select from CECS 1100, CSCE 1010, BCIS 2610 or equivalent) 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
ENGL 1320, College Writing II* 3
HIST 2620, United States History Since 1865* 3
PSCI 1050, American Government* 3
SOCI 1510, Individuals in Society (may be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement*) 3
Mathematics* 3
Total 15

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
CJUS 2100, Crime and Justice in the United States (may be used to satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement*) 3
Communication* 3
Elective 3
Humanities* 3
Visual and Performing Arts* 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
CJUS 2600, Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice (may be used to satisfy the Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies requirement*) 3
ENGL 2700, Technical Writing 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Natural Sciences** 4
Total 16

Junior Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
CJUS 3300, Police Systems 3
CJUS 3400, Correctional Systems 3
CJUS Elective (advanced/Interest Area) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Wellness* 3
Total 18
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
CJUS 3201, Criminal Law 3
CJUS 3600, Criminology 3
CJUS 3700, Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3
CJUS Elective (advanced/Interest Area) 3
Natural Sciences** 4
Total 16

Senior Year

Fall Semester
Courses Hours
CJUS 4500, Administration of Criminal Justice Agencies 3
CJUS 4700, Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
CJUS Elective (advanced/Interest Area) 3
CJUS Elective (advanced/Interest Area) 3
Elective 3
Total 15
Spring Semester
Courses Hours
CJUS 4200, Criminal Procedure 3
CJUS 4901, Senior Seminar: Criminal Justice and Public Policy 3
CJUS Elective (advanced/Interest Area) 3
Elective 3
Elective 2
Total 14

Actual degree plans may vary depending on availability of courses in a given semester. Some courses may require prerequisites not listed in the above plan.