Curriculum

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Students may select either an area, a major, or a minor in criminal justice. All criminal justice areas, majors, and minors must:

  1. maintain a GPA of 2.50 in all coursework taken at Murray State University
  2. must earn a grade of C or better in all CRJ courses counting towards the area, major, or minor (including CRJ electives); students who earn less than a C must repeat the course if it is a required course


AREA: Criminal Justice1
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science Degree
CIP 43.0104

University Studies Requirements (39-46 hours)
See Academic Degrees and Programs.

University Studies Selections Must Include:
Oral and Written Communication
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking
Scientific Inquiry, Methodologies, and Quantitative Skills
STA 135 Introduction to Probability and Statistics2
Social and Self-Awareness and Responsible Citizenship
POL 140 American National Government
PSY 180 General Psychology
University Studies Electives
CSC 199 Introduction to Information Technology
SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology or SOC 231 Social Problems

Required Courses (35 hours)
CRJ 100T Transitions
CRJ 140 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 220 Law Enforcement
CRJ 240 Corrections
CRJ 300 Crime and Criminals3
CRJ 320 Juvenile Justice
CRJ 325 Criminal Justice Ethics
CRJ 385 Violent Crime
CRJ 400 Applied Criminal Justice Research
CRJ 445 Criminal Justice Diversity
CRJ 499 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
CRJ 544 Constitutional and Legal Issues in Criminal Justice

One of the Following:
ENG 204 Advanced Expository Writing
ENG 205 Writing for the Social Science
ENG 224 Writing in the Professions
ENG 324 Technical Writing

Required 300-Level and Above CRJ Electives (15 hours)
Note: Only six hours of credit toward the area may be received from CRJ 305, 488, or 489. CRJ 448 may be repeated as long as the topic differs.

Collateral / Support Courses (12 hours)

Business – Select One Course:
ACC 200 Principles of Financial Accounting
BUS 140 Foundations of Business
BUS 215 Business Communications
ECO 140 Contemporary Economics
ECO 190 Consumer Economics
ECO 200 Economics and Politics
FIN 230 Personal Financial Planning
MGT 350 Fundamentals of Management
MKT 360 Principles of Marketing

Critical Thinking, Computers, and Technology – Select One Course:
COM 261 Debate and Advocacy
COM 367 Communication and Critical Thought
COM 422 Communication and Technology
CSC 101 Introduction to Problem-Solving Using Computers
CSC 125 Internet and Web Page Design
EGR 140 Introduction to Computing Applications in Science and Engineering
ENG 226 Argument and Discourse
MKT 285 Emerging Technologies in Marketing
PHI 103 Critical Thinking
PHI 203 Symbolic Logic
PSY 327 Problem-Solving and Decision-Making
REC 410 Application of Technology to Recreation Decision-Making
TSM 132 Network Technical Support

Communications – Select One Course:
COM 131 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
COM 331 Interpersonal Communication
COM 353 Team Communication and Leadership
COM 361 Career Presentations
COM 380 Organizational Communication
COM 384 Communication Skills for Professionals
COM 439 Conflict and Communication
COM 461 Persuasive Communication

Psychology – Select One Course:
PSY 245 Law and Psychology
PSY 322 Motivation and Emotion
PSY 325 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
PSY 404 Drugs, Alcohol, and Behavior
PSY 405 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
PSY 406 Personality
PSY 407 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 471 Behavior Modification

University Studies Requirements: 39-46 hours
Required Courses: 35 hours
Required 300-Level and Above CRJ Electives: 15 hours
Career-Focused Electives: 12-19 hours
Total Curriculum Requirements: 120 hours


MAJOR: Criminal Justice1
Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science Degree
CIP 43.0104

University Studies Requirement (39-46 hours)
See Academic Degrees and Programs.

University Studies Selections Must Include:
Oral and Written Communication
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking
Scientific Inquiry, Methodologies, and Quantitative Skills
STA 135 Introduction to Probability and Statistics2
Social and Self-Awareness and Responsible Citizenship
POL 140 American National Government
PSY 180 General Psychology
University Studies Electives
CSC 199 Introduction to Information Technology
SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology or SOC 231 Social Problems

Required Courses (26 hours)
CRJ 100T Transitions
CRJ 140 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 220 Law Enforcement
CRJ 240 Corrections
CRJ 300 Crime and Criminals3
CRJ 400 Applied Criminal Justice Research
CRJ 499 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice

Any Two of the Following:
CRJ 320 Juvenile Justice
CRJ 325 Criminal Justice Ethics
CRJ 385 Violent Crime
CRJ 445 Criminal Justice Diversity
CRJ 544 Constitutional and Legal Issues in Criminal Justice

One of the Following:
ENG 204 Advanced Expository Writing
ENG 205 Writing for the Social Science
ENG 224 Writing in the Professions
ENG 324 Technical Writing

Required 300-Level and Above CRJ Electives (12 hours)
Note: Only six hours of credit toward the major may be received from CRJ 305, 488, or 489. CRJ 448 may be repeated as long as the topic differs.

University Studies Requirements: 39-46 hours
Required CRJ Courses: 35 hours
Required 300-level and above CRJ Electives: 12 hours
Required Minor4: 21-24 hours
Career-Focused Electives: 12-22 hours
Total Curriculum Requirements: 120 hours


Criminal Justice Minor1

Required Courses (12 hours)
CRJ 140 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 300 Crime and Criminals3

Two Courses from the Following:
CRJ 220 Law Enforcement
CRJ 240 Corrections
CRJ 320 Juvenile Justice
CRJ 355 Security in Business and Industry

Advisor Approved CRJ Elective Courses (9 hours)
Only three hours are allowed from CRJ 305, 488, or 489. At least 12 hours must be completed at the upper-level, six of which must be completed in residence at Murray State University. Students must maintain a 2.50 overall GPA and can only apply courses in which they earned a C or higher toward the minor. A minimum grade of C in ENG 105 is required of all students (including transfer students) minoring in criminal justice. Students are expected to take the necessary prerequisites listed under CRJ course descriptions.

Required CRJ Courses: 12 hours
Advisor approved CRJ electives: 9 hours
Total Curriculum Requirements: 21 hours


Notes:
1 No substitutions and/or alterations in the above curriculum shall be made without the recommendation of a criminal justice advisor and the written approval of a criminal justice program director in accordance with criminal justice program policies.

2 Students may receive credit for another statistics course of at least three credit hours, such as PSY 300.

3 CRJ 300 is not the same as the Murray State course SOC 338. CRJ 300 cannot be substituted with any course from another institution if it was called “Criminology” and/or offered as a sociology course.

4 A second major can replace the required minor.