The Bachelor’s Degree


All declared CCJ majors and minors are assigned a department faculty advisor. Faculty advisor contact information is included in the CCJ department welcome email sent to each student as soon as they have declared CCJ as their major or minor. CCJ majors and minors should contact their assigned advisor each semester prior to enrolling in classes.

Grading Policy

Criminology and Criminal Justice majors must receive a grade of C (2.0) or better in all required core courses. Grades of C- or lower will not be accepted in these courses.

Transfer Courses

Transfer courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
CCJ 239 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CCJ 315 Critical Thinking in Criminal Justice 3
CCJ 342 Statistics for Criminal Justice 3
CCJ 345 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
CCJ 421 Criminological Theory 3
CCJ 489 Senior Seminar 3
CCJ electives
Students are required to complete at least 17 hours at the 300 or 400-level, which can include 300-400 level transfer courses. The remaining 6 hours may be taken at the 100, 200, 300, or 400 level and can include transfer courses. 23
Non-CCJ electives
Students are required to complete 9 hours of 300 or 400 level course work that is not CCJ and can include 300 or 400 level transfer courses. 9
Other CCJ and University requirements
Experiential learning in the CCJ field 6
Global Awareness (ECCE) or U. S. Communities (ECCE) 1 3
ECCE Speaker Series 1
Total Hours 60

Students should consult with their academic advisor in the major for specific guidance regarding completion of any general education and ECCE requirements.

Communication Skills

To satisfy the UIS communication skills requirement, students prepare a portfolio of written work from 300-level core courses, with the final assessment occurring in senior seminar.