Criminal Justice (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Core Requirements
LAT 101Introduction to Law3
LAT 335Interpersonal Conflict Resolution3
LAW 100Introduction to Criminal Justice3
LAW 110Introduction to Juvenile Justice3
LAW 190Criminal Investigation3
LAW 260Criminal Law3
LAW 305Introduction to Theories of Crime3
LAW 325Understanding Research in Criminal Justice3
LAW 410Criminal Procedure3
Select one of the following Applied Learning tracks:6
Track 1:
Practicum I
Internship
Senior Seminar
Track 2:
Research Methods
Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
Concentration
Select one of the following concentrations:28-31
Corrections
Juvenile Justice
Law Enforcement
Legal Studies

Concentrations:
Corrections
Juvenile Justice
Law Enforcement
Legal Studies

Corrections Concentration

*Effective Fall 2020, this program is being phased out and has a 3-year teach out plan. More information can be found here.

Concentration Requirements
LAW 200Introduction to Corrections3
LAW 270Probation and Parole3
LAW 300Criminal Justice Communications3
LAW 345Victimology3
LAW 375Sentencing Practices and Issues3
SWK 345Substance Use and Disorders3
Choice of a second major, minor, approved certificate or twelve credit hours of restricted electives from the following:12
Select any LAW course numbered 500-599
Psychology of Communication
Abnormal Psychology
Criminology
Mental Health and Social Work
Family and Child Welfare
Substance Use and Disorders
Death And Dying
Total Credit Hours30

 Juvenile Justice Concentration

*Effective Fall 2020, this program is being phased out and has a 3-year teach out plan. More information can be found here.

Concentration Requirements
LAT 370Domestic Relations3
LAT 420Civil Rights Law3
LAW 345Victimology3
LAW 375Sentencing Practices and Issues3
LAW 440Juvenile Law and Procedures3
SWK 325Family and Child Welfare3
Choice of a second major, minor, approved certificate or twelve credit hours of restricted electives from the following:12
Select any LAW course numbered 500-599
Psychology of Communication
Abnormal Psychology
Criminology
Mental Health and Social Work
Family and Child Welfare
Substance Use and Disorders
Death And Dying
Total Credit Hours30

 Law Enforcement Concentration

Concentration Requirements
LAW 130Introduction to Policing3
LAW 140Traffic Control and Accident Investigation3
LAW 275Police Photography3
LAW 280Criminalistics4
LAW 300Criminal Justice Communications3
LAW 460Administration and Planning3
Choice of a second major, minor, approved certificate or twelve credit hours of restricted electives from the following:12
Select any LAW course numbered 500-599
Psychology of Communication
Abnormal Psychology
Criminology
Mental Health and Social Work
Family and Child Welfare
Substance Use and Disorders
Death And Dying
Total Credit Hours31

Legal Studies Concentration 

Concentration Requirements
LAT 115Paralegal Studies3
LAT 220Legal Research3
LAT 225Litigation3
LAT 250Legal Computer Applications3
LAT 310Legal Drafting3
LAT 400Advanced Legal Research3
Choice of a second major, minor, approved certificate or twelve credit hours of restricted electives from the following:
Select any LAW course numbered 500-599
Business Law I
Business Law II
Psychology of Communication
Abnormal Psychology
Criminology
Mental Health and Social Work
Family and Child Welfare
Substance Use and Disorders
Death And Dying
Total Credit Hours18

NOTE: Students must complete a Pre-Post test and Contact Information form prior to graduation. Per ABA program approval guidelines, students with a concentration in legal studies must also complete an exit interview with selected department faculty.

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. No more than 2 courses with a grade of D permitted in major and concentration coursework. 
  2. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.