Crime & Justice Studies (CJS) is an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree. The curriculum develops knowledge of the criminal justice system, theories of criminal behavior, law administration and policy and social justice. Courses also involve the study of social issues and conditions which confront and affect the criminal justice system. Students participate in the practice of criminal justice through internship in law enforcement, pre-law or social service agencies. Students admitted into the CJS program must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3 and have completed ENG 1100 with a grade of "C" or better and two additional Core classes in the College of Liberal Arts. Majors are required to complete five Crime and Justice Studies core requirements, including an internship; seven courses across four Crime and Justice Studies Foundation Areas of Behavior, Institutions, Law and Ethics and Diversity, as well as three Additional Crime and Justice Studies electives. A minor in Crime and Justice Studies requires 21 hours.
Crime & Justice Studies Internship: Students may participate in supervised field experiences within correction, probation, law enforcement agencies, and public defenders or prosecutor's office. Student interns will work in the field within the Miami Valley or other locations. This class will require keeping a log and progress reports, as well as preparing a paper synthesizing readings and field experience. Students working in the field may choose to take the internship, but it must be completed in an agency in which the student is not currently employed or has been previously employed. Final approval and placement of interns will be at the discretion of the Internship Coordinator.