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The Criminal Justice Program (Bachelor of Arts) is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of crime and the justice system. "Criminal Justice" refers to law enforcement, processes of the courts and corrections as a system for the administration of city, county, state and federal laws and procedures. The curriculum includes a broad range of study to meet the academic needs of both preprofessional students who plan future careers in the criminal justice field and those currently employed in criminal and juvenile justice systems. The curriculum is designed to give students an understanding of the theoretical knowledge base and extent of empirical data and findings in this field of study.

The central focus is on: the interrelationship of the criminal justice system with other social institutions; crime prevention; the forms (types) of crime and the classification of offenders; policing and crime control; the courts, probation and parole; rehabilitative interventions, counseling programs, and qualitative statistical methods in the measurement and analysis of crime.

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking admission into Bachelor’s program in Criminal Justice or Sociology must meet the general requirements of the university.  They are:

  • A minimum test score of 900 (critical reading and math only) on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or a minimum score of 19 on the American College Test (ACT).
  • A minimum high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Acceptable letters of recommendation
    • A high school counselor and high school teacher familiar with the student typically supply these.
  • An applicant statement of interest.  (Essay)
    • The essay may be on any topic desired, but must be a minimum of 500 words.


Degree Requirements

Candidates for the B.A. degree in Sociology or Criminal Justice must meet the general graduation requirements of Clark Atlanta University and of the School of Arts and Sciences. Sociology and Criminal Justice majors must select all courses in consultation with (and the approval of) the University undergraduate coordinator and the undergraduate advisors in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department. Sociology and Criminal Justice majors must complete 72 semester hours within their selected program. A minor in Sociology requires 18 semester hours: CSCJ 215, 218, 388, 430, 431 and a sociological elective at 300 or above. A minor in Criminal Justice also requires l8 semester hours: CSCJ 201, 205, 301, 401, 403, and 404.

 
Core Courses Required of all Sociology and Criminal Justice Majors (24 hours)

CPSC 219 American Government and Politics
CSCJ 215 Introduction to Sociology
CSCJ 216 Introduction to Anthropology
CSCJ 218 Social Problems
CSCJ 301 Criminology
CSCJ 337 Social Statistics I 
CSCJ 387 Social Research Methods I 
CSCJ 388 Sociological Theory

Core Courses Required of all Criminal Justice Majors (24 hours)

CSCJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CSCJ 205 Law Enforcement
CSCJ 305 Criminal Investigation
CSCJ 401 Corrections
CSCJ 403 Judicial Process
CSCJ 404 Juvenile Delinquency
CSCJ 405 Criminal Law
CSCJ 425 Internship I


Criminal Justice Electives (minimum 24 hours)

CSCJ 314 Victimology
CSCJ 320 Criminal Justice Management
CSCJ 338 Social Statistics II
CSCJ 389 Soc. Research Methods II
CSCJ 400 Comparative Systems in Social and Criminal Justice
CSCJ 405 Criminal Law
CSCJ 410 Seminar on Organized Crime
CSCJ 420 Special Topics I
CSCJ 421 Special Topics II
CSCJ 426 Internship II
Total 126 hours (required for Sociology and Criminal Justice major)

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (126 hours)

FRESHMAN YEAR

First Semester (16 hours)
ENG 105 English Composition I (3)
CSCJ 105 Culture and Society (3)
MAT 103 Algebra I (3)
STA 101 Fundamentals of Speech (3)
BIO 101 Biological Science (3)
GED 100 First-Year Seminar I (1)

Second Semester (16 hours)
ENG 106 English Composition II (3)
MAT 104 Algebra II (3)
PHY 102 Physical Science and Physical Science Lab (3)
PSY 211 General Psychology (3)
LIB 101 Information Technology and Computer Application (3)
GED 101 First-Year Seminar II (1)

SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester (16 hours)

ENG 201/202 World Literature I or II (3)
HIS 201/211 History (3)
Foreign Language Requirement (200 Level) (3)
PHI/REL Philosophy/Religion Requirement (3)
CSCJ 215 Introduction to Sociology (3)
PED 101/2 Physical Education Requirement (1)

Second Semester (18 hours)
HIS 202/212 History (3)
Foreign Language Requirement (200 Level) (3)
PSC 219 American Government (3)
CSCJ 216 Introduction to Anthropology (3)
CSCJ 218 Social Problems (3)
Humanities Requirement (3)

JUNIOR YEAR 
First Semester (15 hours)
CSCJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
CSCJ 205 Law Enforcement (3)
CSCJ 337 Statistics I (3)
CSCJ 387 Scope and Methods of Research I (3)
CSCJ 388 Sociological Theory (3)

Second Semester (15 hours)
CSCJ 301 Criminology (3)
CSCJ 305 Criminal Justice Investigation (3)
CSCJ 405 Criminal Law (3)
Criminal Justice Elective (3)
Criminal Justice Elective (3)

SENIOR YEAR
First Semester (15 hours)
CSCJ 401 Corrections (3)
CSCJ 403 Judicial Process (3)
CSCJ 404 Juvenile Delinquency (3)
Criminal Justice Elective (3)
Criminal Justice Elective (3)

Second Semester (15 hours)
CSCJ 425 Internship in Criminal Justice (3)
Criminal Justice Elective (3)
Criminal Justice Elective (3)
Criminal Justice Elective (3)
Criminal Justice Elective (3)