Criminal Justice

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department Chair: Hillary Michaud, J.D., CPA

Description

The criminal justice program has a commitment to improving the quality of justice through education, research, and public service. The faculty of the criminal justice program recognizes its mission as threefold.

The program is dedicated to offering its majors a state-of-the-art education in criminal justice by providing them with a comprehensive and critical understanding of the criminal justice system and the society in which it functions. At the same time, as part of Stevenson University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the faculty is committed to addressing the needs of our students and to preparing them to move into criminal justice careers or postgraduate work as liberally educated, intellectually mature, ethically aware, and culturally sensitive men and women. Moreover, the program is dedicated to providing students throughout the university with opportunities to examine critically the broad questions of how justice is administered in American society and globally as well as confront the fundamental issues of criminal justice, which they face as professionals and as involved citizens.

The criminal justice program is also dedicated to excellence in research and scholarship by tackling the criminal justice issues in the state of Maryland. The faculty is also committed to research that advances the teaching, assessment, and knowledge base of the field of criminal justice and also research that has policy implications and serves the goals of equity and efficiency in the administration of justice.

Finally, this program has a special commitment to providing the expertise of its faculty as a resource to assist criminal justice and social service agencies in the greater metropolitan Baltimore area in the realms of applied research, policy development, training, and planned change to meet the social and technological challenges of the 21st century.

In order to accomplish our mission, our program pledges to:

  • Provide a state-of-the-art curriculum and educational environment.
  • Foster the talent development of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Integrate technology into the curriculum, including web enhanced instruction.
  • Promote each student's capacity for self-directed, life-long learning.
  • Ensure learner-centeredness in order to maximize learning.
  • Support faculty scholarly endeavors and research activities.
  • Enhance quality through a commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Reinforce the value of service to the community.
  • Develop ongoing partnerships and collaboration with criminal justice agencies.
  • Expand placement opportunities of graduates.
  • Inspire a sense of pride in being a graduate of the criminal justice program at Stevenson University.

Objectives

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, graduates will be able to:

  1. Articulate the theories, policies, practices, processes, and reforms of the major institutions of social control.
  2. Apply the theories and principles of both substantive and procedural law that regulate the justice system.
  3. Formulate a problem and assemble relevant information in order to develop a well-considered solution in a formal proposal and research paper.
  4. Employ an ethical framework to reach judgments and make decisions as a criminal justice professional.
  5. Apply classroom learning in an area of the criminal justice system through direct experience (or “through an experiential learning opportunity”) in a criminal or juvenile justice agency or organization or through a  capstone course

Policies

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the major, and the lowest acceptable grade is a "C" in all major and Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE) courses. No student, regardless of major, will be permitted to advance to the next course without earning a grade of "C" or better in the prerequisite course(s). When a grade below a "C" is earned in a major course, the student must repeat that course.

A course may be repeated once without special permission. Criminal justice majors must apply in writing to the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences requesting permission to attempt a course for a third time.

Requirements

The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in criminal justice. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements:

FYS 100First Year Seminar

1 credit

CJUS 101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits

CJUS 210Writing for Criminal Justice

3 credits

CJUS 220Criminal Law and Procedure

3 credits

CJUS 265The Juvenile Justice System

3 credits

CJUS 275Corrections

3 credits

CJUS 280Law Enforcement

3 credits

CJUS 285Criminology

3 credits

CJUS 305Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice

3 credits

CJUS 310Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

3 credits

CJUS 325Civil Liability in Criminal Justice

3 credits

CJUS 345Victimology

3 credits

CJUS 380American Courts and the Criminal Justice System

3 credits

CJUS 385Research Methods in Criminal Justice

3 credits

CJUS 417Internship

3 credits

MATH 136Introduction to Statistics

4 credits

POSCI 205State & Local Government

3 credits

PSY 101Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

SOC 101Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

Select Four Elective Courses:

CJUS 335White Collar Crime

3 credits

CJUS 350Special Topics

3 credits

CJUS 355Race and Crime

3 credits

CJUS 375Probation and Parole

3 credits

CJUS 381Justice, Media, and Crime

3 credits

CJUS 382Crime Mapping and Crime Analysis

4 credits

CJUS 383Law Enforcement and the Community

3 credits

CJUS 390Domestic Security

3 credits

CJUS 420Study Abroad Internship

6 credits

CJUS 430Law Enforcement Administration and Management

3 credits

SOC 304Topics in Sociology

3 credits

Suggested Course Sequence

Suggested Course Sequence Criminal Justice

Minor in Criminal Justice

A minor in criminal justice is available. All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. Please see an academic advisor for more information. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

Other Options

BS/MS Option: The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in criminal justice who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work toward a master's degree in one of Stevenson's graduate programs. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degree in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Interested students must formally apply for entrance into a BS/MS option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors. For more information on this program, see the School of Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog .

Course Descriptions

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