Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses required for this major are CJ 2597 and one of the following: CJ 4096, CJ 4098, or CJ 4196.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities Subject Areas: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, Art History in the Tyler School of Art, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement are ENG 1801 Career Seminar and PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language - these courses are numbered 1001 and 1002;
      • All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
      • All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
        • Third semester of a foreign language;
        • Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
        • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page;
        • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
        • Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa.  (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (36 credits):

Specifically Required Courses
CJ 1001Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 2401Nature of Crime3
CJ 2501Introduction to Criminal Law3
CJ 2597Criminal Justice Research Methods 13
CJ 2602Criminal Justice Statistics (Statistics)3
Writing Seminar
Select one of the following:3
Writing Seminar: Crime and Social Policy 1
Writing Seminar: Gender and Criminal Justice
Writing Seminar: Critical Issues in Law Enforcement 1
Electives in Major 2
Select three Criminal Justice electives numbered 2000-49999
Select three Criminal Justice electives numbered 3000-49999
Total Credit Hours36
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DUPLICATE CREDIT WARNING:

    The following courses have similar content and students may only earn academic credit for one from each set:

  • CJ 2601 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research OR CJ 2597 Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • CJ 4001 Crime and Social Policy OR CJ 4096 Writing Seminar: Crime and Social Policy
  • CJ 4101 Critical Issues in Law Enforcement OR CJ 4196 Writing Seminar: Critical Issues in Law Enforcement
2

A student may count CJ 4077 toward the Criminal Justice major electives. CJ 4087 does not count toward the major requirements.

Distinction in Major

Criminal Justice majors may graduate with distinction in the major if they have earned a GPA of 3.5 in the major and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.

Suggested Academic Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
CJ 1001Introduction to Criminal Justice3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
CJ 2401Nature of Crime3
CJ 2597Criminal Justice Research Methods [WI]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
 
GenEd Global/World Society Course
 
Internationally-Focused Course From Approved List
 
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
CJ 2602Criminal Justice Statistics (Statistics)3
CJ 2501Introduction to Criminal Law3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective 2
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Criminal Justice 2000+ Course3
Criminal Justice 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Elective3
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
GenEd Breadth Course3
Criminal Justice 2000+ Course3
Criminal Justice 3000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective4
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
Criminal Justice 3000+ Course3
Criminal Justice 3000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CLA/CST 2000+ Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective4
Electives at Any Level in Any School or College6
Criminal Justice Writing Seminar - Select one of the following:3
Writing Seminar: Crime and Social Policy [WI] 
Writing Seminar: Gender and Criminal Justice [WI] 
Writing Seminar: Critical Issues in Law Enforcement [WI] 
 Term Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours: 123