The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology is designed to provide professional courses, as well as a broad general education. The curriculum is structured for the student seeking either pre-service or in-service education. Recognizing that many people who are interested in such education are already employed in some form of criminal justice work, and that many people have completed coursework at the community college level, the department has developed a four-year program that provides comprehensive fundamental subjects in the first two years (lower division) and advanced, specialized or administrative subjects in the second two years (upper-division). The curriculum is structured to facilitate transfer from two-year police science/criminal justice programs. The department has an articulation agreement with the Colorado Community College System. The articulation agreement states that if a transfer student has completed the total basic requirements at any accredited Colorado community college, MSU Denver will consider the student’s General Studies requirements completed.
Students must meet MSU Denver’s requirements for the bachelor’s degree including General Studies and a multicultural course. They should consult with a faculty advisor regarding General Studies courses and the selection of criminal justice electives. The department recommends the following General Studies courses: BIO 1000 Human Biology for Non-Majors; PSY 1001 Introductory Psychology; and SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology.
A grade of C or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the Bachelor’s degree. Students should note that programs differ in the minimum grade required. Students must also declare a minor.
*Electives selected in consultation with and approved by the department advisor allow for development of concentration or specialty areas or a general degree plan. Internship credit may apply to this elective area but no more than six semester hours are allowed. At least six credit hours of the CJC electives must be upper-division.