Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences
Adam E. Jack, M.S., Chair
The objective of the Criminal Justice Administration major is to offer students the opportunity for comprehensive study in criminal justice administration. Course selection and design insure that graduates have thorough and systematic knowledge of agencies and institutions in the public and private sector, have a firm and educated perception of law and its role in the delivery of American justice, and are aware of the social, psychological and political aspects of contemporary crime and punishment. Additionally, courses provide in-depth instruction in techniques of law enforcement, security issues, corrections, substantive and procedural law, research, management processes and administrative processes.
To insure a broadly educated graduate, the major requires and recommends numerous courses in allied and complimentary disciplines including the fields of sociology, political science, business, communication, writing, philosophy, psychology, language and computer science.
In order to progress to the junior level of the criminal justice administration program, students must meet all of the following minimum requirements:
- a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00;
- a grade of C (2.00) or higher in all criminal justice administration (CRJ) courses and all non-criminal justice administration courses required for the criminal justice administration major; and
- a recommendation from the Criminal Justice Administration Progression Committee upon review of a written application submitted by the student setting forth (1) a statement that the student has met all of the minimum requirements and (2) a statement of the student’s good character.
In order to graduate with a degree in criminal justice administration, students must obtain a grade of C (2.00) or higher in all criminal justice administration (CRJ) courses and all non-criminal justice administration courses required for the criminal justice administration major.
A student may repeat a maximum of two criminal justice administration (CRJ) courses, but a student may repeat the same criminal justice administration (CRJ) course only one time. A student who fails to meet the minimum requirements for progression shall be prohibited from enrolling in junior level criminal justice administration courses.
If a student fails to meet the requirements for progression, he or she may submit a written appeal to the Criminal Justice Administration Progression Committee setting forth the reasons for the student’s failure to meet the minimum requirements for progression. Upon review of a student’s appeal, the Criminal Justice Administration Progression Committee shall (1) refuse the appeal or (2) grant the appeal and allow the student no more than two semesters to meet the minimum progression requirements.
Returning students and transfer students shall be subject to the Progression Policy in effect on the date of their return or transfer. Students who apply to change their major to Criminal Justice Administration must satisfy all requirements of the Progression Policy, including receiving a recommendation from the Progression Policy Committee, before enrolling in junior-level Criminal Justice Administration classes.
The Criminal Justice Administration Progression Committee shall be composed of the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Administration and two full-time Criminal Justice Administration faculty members.