May 09, 2021
Undergraduate students pursuing the academic study of the criminal justice system, a career in the criminal justice field, or preparation for graduate study may select the criminal justice curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree.
- Minimum GPA: 2.0
- Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses: Completion of the below courses with a grade of C or above in each course. Students are allowed no more than two attempts at all core classes required to be admitted to the major (grades of D, F, and W all count as attempts).
- Declaration of Major: Current UNC Charlotte students interested in becoming a Criminal Justice major should refer to the Criminal Justice website for specific instructions.
- Minimum GPA: 2.0
- Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses: Transfer students from a North Carolina community college can receive credit for the following courses. Transfer credit will only be awarded for courses completed with a grade of C or above.
- Other: Transfer students who have an A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice receive General Education exemption and may be awarded up to 15 credit hours for criminal justice coursework completed with a grade of C or above. Transfer courses from four-year institutions or out-of-state community colleges will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
A Major in Criminal Justice requires 40 credit hours of coursework.
Major Courses (40 credit hours)
Foundation Courses (10 credit hours)
Statistics Course (3 credit hours)
Select one of the following:
Crime Analytics Course (3 credit hours)
Select one of the following:
Major Elective Courses (24 credit hours)
Select eight of the following not already taken:
- CJUS 2320 - Introduction to Courts (3)
- CJUS 2350 - Introduction to Corrections (3)
- CJUS 2360 - Ethics and the Criminal Justice System (3)
- CJUS 2361 - Juvenile Justice (3)
- CJUS 2380 - Introduction to Law Enforcement (3)
- CJUS 3000 - Topics in Criminal Justice (3)
- CJUS 3320 - Criminal Justice and the Law (3)
- CJUS 3321 - Criminal Procedure (3)
- CJUS 3322 - Juvenile Law (3)
- CJUS 3323 - Correctional Law (3)
- CJUS 3340 - The Juvenile Offender (3)
- CJUS 3341 - The Criminal Offender (3)
- CJUS 3351 - Community Corrections (3)
- CJUS 3352 - Institutional Corrections (3)
- CJUS 3353 - Juvenile Corrections (3)
- CJUS 3354 - Punishment and Freedom (3)
- CJUS 3360 - Criminal Justice Learning Community I (3) (W)
- CJUS 3361 - Criminal Justice Learning Community II (3) (O)
- CJUS 3362 - Famous Criminal Trials of the Twentieth Century (3)
- CJUS 3363 - Mediation and Conflict Resolution (3) (O)
- CJUS 3364 - The Administration of Criminal Justice (3) (O,W)
- CJUS 3365 - Interviewing in Criminal Justice (3) (O)
- CJUS 3366 - Domestic Violence (3)
- CJUS 3367 - Problems and Decisions in Criminal Justice (3) (W)
- CJUS 3380 - Law Enforcement Behavioral Systems (3)
- CJUS 3381 - Security and Loss Prevention (3)
- CJUS 3382 - Community-Oriented Policing and Problem-Solving (3)
- CJUS 3400 - Criminal Justice Internship (1 to 6)
- CJUS 3800 - Directed Individual Study (1 to 3)
- CJUS 4000 - Topics in Criminal Justice (1 to 6)
- CJUS 4320 - Evidence (3) (O,W)
- CJUS 4340 - Seminar on Sexual Assault (3) (O)
- CJUS 4350 - Victims and the Criminal Justice System (3) (O)
- CJUS 4351 - Violence and the Violent Offender (3)
- CJUS 4352 - Serial Murder (3) (O)
- CJUS 4360 - Drugs, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System (3)
- CJUS 4361 - International Criminal Justice (3)
- CJUS 4362 - Computer Crime (3)
- CJUS 4363 - Gender, Race, and Justice (3) (O)
- CJUS 4364 - Elders and the Criminal Justice System (3)
- CJUS 4370 - Data Analytics and Crime (3) (W)
- CJUS 4371 - Criminal Data Sources, Data Management, and Cleaning (3) (W)
- CJUS 4372 - Drug Analytics (3) (W)
- CJUS 4373 - Intelligence Analysis and Security Analytics (3) (W)
- CJUS 4374 - Geospatial Analytics and Crime (3) (W)
- CJUS 4375 - Community-Oriented Policing, Problem-Solving, and Crime Analysis (3) (W)
- CJUS 4376 - Social Network Analysis (3) (W)
- CJUS 4377 - Crime Measurement and Data Visualization (3) (W)
- CJUS 4378 - Causes and Consequences of Crime (3) (W)
- CJUS 4400 - Research Practicum (3)
- CJUS 4700 - Honors Capstone Project in Criminal Justice (3)
- SPAN 3221 - Spanish for Criminal Justice (3)
Unrestricted Elective Courses
As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.
Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours
For details about the Honors Program in Criminal Justice, visit the program page .
While not required, students are encouraged to participate in internship programs available through the department. Internships provide opportunities to combine theory and practice in a realistic setting, and to make more judicious career decisions.