Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice
If you are interested in pursuing a career in one of the major areas of the criminal justice system—the courts, corrections, juvenile
justice, or law enforcement—or if you want to further your education in law school
or graduate school, the BS in Criminology and Criminal Justice will provide you
with the knowledge and analytical skills to do so.
In this program you will learn about the nature of crime and the
purpose, operations, and consequences of the various components of the justice
system, in both the United States and abroad.
To earn this degree, you must complete the following four
- major requirements (36 hours)
- liberal studies requirements (35 hours)
- minor (18-24 hours)
- general electives (24-30 hours)
You must complete the following 36 hours of coursework:
- CCJ 101, 250, and 355 (9 hours)
- CCJ345W, which meets the university’s
junior writing requirement (3 hours)
- CCJ 450C, 475C or 480C which meets NAU’s
senior capstone requirement (3 hours)
- 21 units of criminal justice coursework
appropriate for your career aspirations and educational interests, in consultation
with your advisor
- Note: you may include up to 6 units of
independent study, such as CCJ 408, 466, 485, or 497. You may also use SOC 240
within the 21 units.
You must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in all
courses taken in your major with a minimum grade of C for your major
Liberal Studies requirements
All students are required to take a junior-level writing
intensive course and a senior-level capstone course in their major. To find out
what criminal justice courses will meet these criteria, contact the criminal
justice department for details.
Refer to the General Academic Requirements chapter of this
catalog for information about the 35 hours of liberal studies credit that are
required for this degree.
To obtain a BS in Criminal Justice, you must complete a minor of
18-24 hours in another discipline. Through consultation with your criminal
justice adviser, you should select a minor appropriate for your career
aspirations and educational interests.
You must complete 24-30 hours in elective coursework (with the number
depending on the number of hours required for your minor).
You may use these courses to pursue a specific area of emphasis
or to meet career goals through courses outside your major or minor; consult
with your adviser to select courses that will be most advantageous to you. You
may also use transfer credits as electives if they were not used to meet major,
minor, or liberal studies requirements.