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Major in Criminal Justice

Whether you plan a career in advocacy, teaching, law enforcement, academics or the law, a major in criminal justice at Elmhurst provides the skills you need to take the next step. Built on a strong foundation in the social sciences, the program combines courses in criminal justice with related courses in sociology, as well as electives in political science, philosophy, psychology, communications and computer science.

Requirements for the Major
The criminal justice major consists of the following 12 required courses and recommended electives:

Required Core Courses
CJ 200 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CJ 210 Policing and Society
CJ 215 Corrections: Theory and Practice
CJ/SOC 319 Juvenile Delinquency and the Justice System
CJ/SOC 323 Methods of Social Research
CJ/SOC 408 Criminology
CJ 409 Criminal Law
CJ 410 Criminal Procedure

Required Cognate Courses
MTH 345 Elementary Statistics or
MTH 346 Statistics for Scientists or
PSY 355 Statistics for Scientific Research
SOC 301 Social Problem or SOC 304 Race and Ethnic Relations

Criminal Justice Electives (two required)
CJ 330 Criminal Investigation
CJ/SOC 340 Gender and Crime
CJ 480 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice
CJ 490 Independent Field Work
CJ 491 Independent Research
CJ 492 Independent Study

Recommended Electives
COM 213 Public Speaking
CS 111 Introduction to Software Applications and Digital Technology
ICS 270 Introduction to Intercultural Studies (.50 credit)
ICS 271 Intermediate Intercultural Studies (.50 credit)
PHL 306 Moral Philosophy
PHL 315 Philosophy of Law
POL 202 American State and Local Government
POL 360 Public Policy and Administration
POL 412 Constitutional Law
PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science

Students seeking a bachelor of science, rather than a bachelor of arts degree, must take any two mathematics courses offered by the Department of Mathematics except MTH 325, 326, 440 and 441. Students pursuing both a major in criminal justice and a major in sociology may apply only four sociology courses toward both majors.

At least six of the required courses must be taken at Elmhurst College. Courses in criminal justice may be accepted from other colleges.

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