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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level. Criminal Justice majors, through consultation with faculty advisors, should choose elective courses from Core Curriculum requirements that will enhance their awareness of the complex social and cultural issues confronting contemporary American society.

All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

CRJ 1113 may be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences as well as a major requirement.

Degree Requirements

  1. 15 semester credit hours of core criminal justice coursework:

    CRJ  1113  The American Criminal Justice System
    CRJ  2153  Nature of Crime and Justice
    CRJ  3013  Research Design and Analysis in Criminal Justice
    CRJ  3213  Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
    CRJ  3623  Substantive Criminal Law

  2. 18 semester credit hours of justice studies, at least 15 of which must be upper division, chosen from the following courses:

    CRJ  2213  Introduction to Policing
    CRJ  2513  Introduction to Corrections
    CRJ  2813  Introduction to Courts and the Legal System
    CRJ  3233  Introduction to Forensic Science
    CRJ  3533  Probation, Parole and Intermediate Sanctions
    CRJ  3563  Juvenile Justice
    CRJ  3573  Restorative Justice
    CRJ  3613  Legal Research and Writing
    CRJ  3633  Trial and Evidence
    CRJ  3713  Ethics in Criminal Justice Practice
    CRJ  4123  Investigations
    CRJ  4303  Victimology
    CRJ  4403  Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice
    CRJ  4413  Contemporary Police Practices
    CRJ  4443  Special Topics in Policing and Crime Prevention
    CRJ  4453  Drugs and Crime
    CRJ  4463  Gender and Crime
    CRJ  4523  Special Topics in Forensic Science
    CRJ  4563  Special Topics in Juvenile Justice
    CRJ  4613  Supervising the Correctional Client
    CRJ  4633  Constitutional Criminal Procedure
    CRJ  4653  White Collar Crime
    CRJ  4663  Special Topics in Corrections
    CRJ  4833  Violent Crime
    CRJ  4843  Study Abroad: International Criminal Justice
    CRJ  4853  Sex Crimes and the Law
    CRJ  4863  Special Topics in Legal Issues and Adjudication
    CRJ  4913  Independent Study  
    CRJ  4953  Special Studies in Criminal Justice
    CRJ  4993  Honors Thesis

  3. 3 semester credit hours of CRJ 4933 Internship in Criminal Justice taken in consultation with the Department’s internship coordinator. 3 semester credit hours of appropriate upper-division coursework may be taken in lieu of the internship if a student has relevant and documented full-time employment of at least one year in duration in a justice-related agency or is unable to obtain a placement in an agency due to verifiable personal circumstances or background issues. May be repeated for an additional 3 credit hours with a different internship work site in a subsequent semester.

  4. 15 semester credit hours of upper-division support work, chosen in consultation with an academic advisor

  5. 27 semester credit hours of electives

Course Sequence Guide for Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Criminal Justice degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the Downtown Undergraduate Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice - Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
CRJ 1113 The American Criminal Justice System (major and core) 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Component Area Option core   3
Spring
CRJ 2153 Nature of Crime and Justice 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
STA 1053 Basic Statistics (or Mathematics core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Elective   3
Second Year
Fall
CRJ 3213 Managing Criminal Justice Organizations 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Elective   3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Spring
CRJ 3013 Research Design and Analysis in Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 3623 Substantive Criminal Law 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society 3
Creative Arts core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Third Year
Fall
Elective   3
Elective   3
Justice Studies course   3
Justice Studies course   3
Upper-division support work   3
Spring
Elective   3
Elective   3
Elective   3
Elective   3
Upper-division support work   3
Fourth Year
Fall
CRJ 4933 Internship in Criminal Justice 3
Elective   3
Justice Studies course   3
Upper-division support work   3
Upper-division support work   3
Spring
Elective   3
Justice Studies course   3
Justice Studies course   3
Justice Studies course   3
Upper-division support work   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

 

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