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Criminal Justice Studies

Criminal Justice Studies (CJS) students think theoretically and critically about the criminal justice system as they build an interrelated foundation of knowledge and practical experience connected to interests in law, juvenile and adult corrections, law enforcement, and correctional counseling. The major has its basis in sociology, with additional courses in criminology and criminal justice. First Year students take a course in Deviance, which is supplemented with CJS and sociology electives. CJS electives include courses in Juvenile Delinquency and Justice, the Sociology of Law, Victimology, Criminal Courts, Corrections, and Policing. Guest speakers, field trips, films, and service learning provide exposure to the system itself. Sociology courses focus on income inequality, racial and ethnic relations, social work, family, or violence and nonviolence. An internship informed by previous coursework is required and usually completed in studentsí junior or senior years. Recent internships have been provided by police departments, probation offices, residential treatment facilities for at-risk youths, and child protection agencies.


What can you do with a Criminal Justice Studies degree?

Imagine yourself an investigator, detective, police officer, paralegal, counselor, or probation officer.