May 14, 2021
The Department is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service. Our undergraduate program prepares students for professional and personal success in the context of a strong liberal arts education. The program promotes an understanding of the legal and justice systems for both majors and non-majors. We are committed to coursework that is grounded in theory, research, and community engagement to help students prepare for careers in criminal justice and social services. Emphasis is placed on intellectual, experiential, critical thinking and problem solving abilities. We are committed to preparing students to become ethically informed, culturally sensitive, engaged scholars and practitioners. This goal is achieved by an inclusive curriculum that includes common core areas of study, while allowing for flexibility in electives which allows students to tailor their degree in ways that are most reflective of their career and academic goals.
Graduates of the Criminal Justice program will:
- Identify and apply the major theoretical perspectives in criminology and criminal justice and apply the social and policy implications of these approaches.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the components and functions of the criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections).
- Apply knowledge of the operation of the criminal justice system to practical problems in the field and understand the role of ethical decision making in the process.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, and interpret data on and related to crime.
- Illustrate how gender, race, ethnicity, age, social class, and sexual orientation function at both the macro and micro level in the criminal justice system.
- Students will experience a curriculum that requires them to think about issues of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity.
The program also welcomes students who hold a two-year degree or who have had some criminal justice college courses. Transfer students in the program must complete the University General Education requirements or transfer the equivalent and meet all other university graduation requirements in addition to major requirements.
Rhetoric and Writing: (6 hours)
- Two approved courses in rhetoric and writing
Fine Arts and Humanities: (12 hours)
- Complete one approved course in each subcategory
Historical Understanding (3 hours)
Thought, Values and Beliefs (3 hours)
Visual and Performing Arts (3 hours)
Natural Sciences: (7-8 hours)
- Two approved natural science courses, at least one including a laboratory component
Behavioral and Social Sciences: (6 hours)
- Two approved behavioral or social science courses in two different disciplines outside of the Criminal Justice program.
Mathematics: (3 hours)
- One approved mathematics course
Statistics: (3 hours)
- One approved statistics course
Non-Western Culture: (3 hours)
- One approved non-western culture course
30 hours of core courses including:
Additional Information and Notes
(No more than 6 hours of CRMJ 4780 and CRMJ 4790 may be applied toward Criminal Justice electives.)
A minimum grade of C required in all core Criminal Justice courses, and a 2.0 GPA in all required major and related courses (including specified General Education courses).
Electives to complete 120 hours.
Minimum of 39 hours of 3000-4000 levels courses.
See Degree and Graduation Requirements for additional requirements.
*Also satisfies requirement in the major.
#Also satisfies general education requirements.
ClearPath for Advising
The ClearPath for Advising guides provide students with an opportunity to see program requirements defined in a semester-by-semester format. The ClearPath for Advising guides also provide students with important tips, pointers, and suggestions for staying on track with progress toward the degree. Your ClearPath is available through the Center for Advisement website at https://www.utc.edu/advisement/advising-resources/clear-paths-for-advising/