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Dual Major in Criminal Justice and Psychology

Explore a criminal psychology degree.

The dual major in criminal justice and psychology allows motivated students who are interested in criminal justice and psychology the ability to complete major requirements in both areas in a four-year program.

Students who complete this dual major in criminal justice and psychology could find employment in the criminal justice field or in entry-level positions in community agencies requiring a psychology degree. The criminal psychology program also prepares students for graduate school programs in sociology, criminal justice, psychology, counseling, law or social work.

Juvenile Justice Institute

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Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Criminal Justice B.S. Degree

Semester 1

  • Intro to Criminal Justice
  • First Year Seminar
  • College Writing I
  • Social & Cultural Elective: Intro to Psychology
  • Quantitative Elective
  • Critical Reading

Semester 2   

  • Policing in America
  • College Writing II
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Corrections in America
  • Scientific Lit. Elective

Semester 3 

  • Criminology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC Curricular elective 2000+
  • Arts & Humanities Elective
  • Social & Cultural Elective
  • Tech Elective

Semester 4

  • Social Psychology
  • Constitutional / Criminal Law or Public Policy
  • Speech Communications
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Cognitive Psychology or Cognition and Learning

Semester 5

  • Moral Reasoning
  • CJ 2000+ Elective
  • Statistics for Social Sciences
  • Psychopathology or Child / Adolescent Psychopathology
  • GenEd Elective

Semester 6

  • CJ Curricular Elective 2000+
  • PSYC Curricular elective 2000+
  • PSYC Curricular elective 2000+
  • Research Methods
  • GenEd Elective
  • Free Elective 3000+

Semester 7 

  • Field Experience Prep
  • PSYC Curricular elective 3000+
  • Research Analysis or Statistics and Research
  • PSYC Curricular elective 3000+
  • Arts & Humanities Elective
  • Free Elective 3000+

Semester 8  

  • Social Science Internship or Workplace Environments in Social Science
  • Senior Seminar
  • Leadership Strategies or Police Operations and Management
  • Free Elective:
  • Free Elective: (if needed)

Updated: 10/2017

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with Career Services for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Hands on Experience

Study Abroad

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Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.

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