Criminal Justice - Criminology Emphasis, BA/BS

Program Description

Utah Tech's Criminal Justice major is an interdisciplinary program that combines the study of criminal law, law enforcement, and criminology, providing a firm foundation for a myriad of careers. This course of study exposes students to the interconnected nature of the criminal justice system and explores criminological explanations for crime commission. Graduates from this program are prepared to enter applied positions in the criminal justice system or pursue graduate degrees in law, criminology, sociology, forensics psychology, etc. The criminology emphasis is comprised of 33 credits in addition to the established criminal justice core curriculum. This emphasis prepares students to analyze criminal behavior by using established criminological theory and appropriate research methods. Areas of study in this emphasis include victimology, policing, juvenile delinquency, and crimes against humanity. Students apply a practical approach to criminological theory and methods by utilizing them to complete a capstone project.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
Complete a 1010 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
2. In a language not taught at Utah Tech, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional Utah Tech admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to Utah Tech but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16

 Criminal Justice Core Requirements

CJ 1010Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 1330Criminal Law3
or CJ 1340 Criminal Investigation
CJ 3270Criminology3
CJ 4150Criminal Justice Reform3
or CJ 4200 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
or CJ 4900 Current Issues in Criminal Justice

Criminology Emphasis Requirements

MATH 1040Introduction to Statistics (MA)3
CJ 3300Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice3
or SOC 3111 Research Methods
CJ 4790Capstone Research in Criminal Justice3

Criminology Emphasis Elective Requirements 

Complete 24 credits from the following:
CJ 1300Intro to Corrections3
CJ 1330Criminal Law 13
or CJ 1340 Criminal Investigation
CJ 1390Police Field Operations3
CJ 1900Introduction to Computer Related Crime3
CJ 2020Criminal Justice Supervision3
CJ 2330Juvenile Justice3
CJ 2350Laws of Evidence3
CJ 2360Juvenile Law & Procedure3
CJ 3100Profiling Deviant Behavior3
CJ 3200Policing in U.S. Society3
CJ 3250Private Security3
CJ 3310Victimology3
CJ 3320Criminal Procedure3
CJ 3350American Jails and Prisons3
CJ 3400Drugs and Crime3
CJ 3450Community Policing3
CJ 3500White Collar Crime3
CJ 3550Crime, Media, and Culture3
CJ 3600The Criminal-Life Course3
CJ 3700Women, Crime, and Justice3
CJ 3710Crimes Against Humanity3
CJ 3830International Criminal Justice Systems3
CJ 3850Immigration and Crime3
CJ 4020Urban Crime3
CJ 4100Social Control3
CJ 4150Criminal Justice Reform 13
CJ 4200Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 13
CJ 4240Delinquency & Social Responsibility3
CJ 4260The Criminology & Policy of Terrorism3
CJ 4500Special Topics 23
CJ 4860RCriminology Practicum1-3
CJ 4890RCriminal Justice Internship1-3
CJ 4900Current Issues in Criminal Justice 13
SOC 3020Social Psychology3
SOC 3560Deviance and Social Control3
CJ 4050Sports and Crime3

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits.
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  4. Minimum C- grade in Discipline Core Requirements.
  5. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  6. Maximum 3 credits in CJ 4890R Criminal Justice Internship can be applied to Emphasis Requirements.