Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice major is an interdisciplinary social science curriculum that is focused on the development of practical skills and knowledge for professional careers in the justice field. Students’ studies focus on law enforcement, corrections, courts, juvenile justice, criminology, victimology, and research methods to study crime, criminal and abnormal behavior, and society’s response to these dynamics. Criminal Justice majors are encouraged to take Spanish in their general studies program.

Core Classes:

  • CJUS 110 Survey of Criminal Justice
  • CJUS 220 Introduction to Corrections
  • CJUS 230 Policing
  • CJUS 308 Community-Based Corrections
  • CJUS 330 Research Methods
  • CJUS 340 Criminal Procedures & the Courts
  • CJUS 360 Criminology
  • CJUS 385 Victimology
  • CJUS 401 Homeland Security
  • CJUS 410 Juvenile Delinquency
  • CJUS 495 Seminar in Criminal Justice

Required Program Prerequisites:

  • CMIS 101 Information Systems Concepts and Applications
  • PSYC 121 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 201 Principles of Sociology

Requirements for Criminal Justice Administration Option (Select 8):

Requirements for Criminal Justice Administration Option (Select 8)

  • BUS 201 Organizational Communications
  • BUS 251 Legal Environment and Contract Law
  • BUS 313 Loss Prevention
  • BUS 353 Organizational Ethics
  • BUS 373 Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 380 Human Resources Management
  • BUS 381 Employee Training and Development
  • BUS 414 Supervisory Skills and Practices
  • BUS 493 Leadership of Teams and Organizations
  • CJUS 190 Criminal Law
  • CJUS 441 Criminal Justice Internship
  • CJUS 442 Criminal Justice Internship
  • CJUS 450 Criminalistics
  • CJUS 455 Organization and Administration of Justice
  • CJUS 490 Comparative Justice and Human Services Systems
  • CJUS 491 International Field Experience
  • CJUS 498 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
  • CMIS 300 Information Systems Management
  • CMIS 360 Cyber Security
  • CMIS 410 Web Page Development and Programming
  • CMIS 420 Database Development and Programming
  • EDUC 365 Child Abuse & Neglect Detection
  • HP 301 Analysis of Evil I
  • HP 302 Analysis of Evil II
  • PSYC 420 Social Influence, Compliance, & Obedience
  • SOC 255 Diversity Issues in the United States
  • SOC 300 Contemporary Social Problems
  • SOC 340 The Family
  • SOWK 410 Addictions

Careers:

  • Police Officer
  • Sheriff
  • Bailiff
  • Correctional Officer
  • Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Court Clerk
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Fire Investigator

Professional Organizations:

  • National Criminal Justice Association
  • American Criminal Justice Association
  • American Correctional Association
  • International Association of Women Police
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Forum on the Advancement of Court Technology
  • National Association of Attorneys General
  • National Sheriffs’ Association
Last updated July 2019

About the School

Peru State’s “Campus of a Thousand Oaks,” a member of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, is nestled in the hills of historic southeast Nebraska on the Missouri River. The College offers a mix of innova ... Read More

Peru State’s “Campus of a Thousand Oaks,” a member of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, is nestled in the hills of historic southeast Nebraska on the Missouri River. The College offers a mix of innovative online and traditional classroom undergraduate and graduate programs, including online graduate degrees in education and organizational management. Read less
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