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Courses for a Degree in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice focuses on the causes and prevention of crime, patterns of criminal behavior, and the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders.

For this major you’ll take lots of criminal justice classes. But you’ll also need to take classes in the arts, science, math, and social sciences to earn your bachelor’s degree. These extra courses help make sure that you graduate from college with all of the skills you’ll need to prepare for a successful career in criminal justice.

Here are some of the courses you might take to earn a degree in criminal justice:

Criminal Justice Courses:

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Police Problems and Practices
  • Public and Private Security
  • Crime, Mass Media and Society
  • Investigation Procedures
  • Women and Criminal Justice
  • The Social Reality of Black Males
  • Religion and Crime
  • The Individual and Society
  • Victimology
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Punishment and Punitiveness
  • Minorities, Crime and Social Policy
  • Law and Ethics in Victim Services
  • Courts and Social Policy

General Curriculum Requirements

  • Arts Courses: Art, History, Languages, Literature, Music
  • Math Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Science, Logic, Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
  • Social Sciences Courses: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Psychology, Sociology