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

General Studies
Students must complete General Studies courses42-47
Core Requirements
LAT 101Introduction to Law3
LAT 335Introduction to Mediation3
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 410Intermediate Criminal Law3
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:29-31
Administration
Corrections
Juvenile Justice
Law Enforcement
Legal Studies

Administration Concentration

Concentration Requirements
LAT 420Civil Rights Law3
LAW 280Criminalistics5
LAW 300Criminal Justice Communications3
LAW 315Criminal Justice Concepts and Issues3
LAW 460Administration and Planning3
Choice of a second major, minor, approved certificate or twelve credit hours of restricted electives from the following:12
Study Away in Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies
Domestic Relations
Conflict Management
Selected Legal Topics
Penology and Corrections
Probation and Parole
Criminal Evidence
Practicum I
Selected Criminal Justice Topics
Juvenile Law and Procedures
Independent Research/Project
Internship
Senior Seminar
Advanced Selected Criminal Justice Topics
Select any LAW course numbered 500-599
Critical Aspects of Policing I
Critical Aspects of Policing 2
Police Methods and Operations
Psychology of Communication
Abnormal Psychology
Criminology
Family and Child Welfare
Substance Abuse and Dependence
Death And Dying
Total Credit Hours29

 NOTE: To fulfill the applied learning requirement, the B.S. in C.J., concentration in administration, will require students to follow Track 2 and take LAW 405 Research Methods and LAW 420 Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice. Students in this concentration, with its emphasis on research, do not have to take an internship, but may  take one as part of their restricted elective or elective requirements.

Corrections Concentration

Concentration Requirements
LAT 420Civil Rights Law3
LAW 200Penology and Corrections3
LAW 270Probation and Parole3
LAW 300Criminal Justice Communications3
LAW 460Administration and Planning3
SOC 430Criminology3
Choice of a second major, minor, approved certificate or twelve credit hours of restricted electives from the following:12
Study Away in Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies
Domestic Relations
Conflict Management
Selected Legal Topics
Criminalistics
Criminal Justice Concepts and Issues
Criminal Evidence
Practicum I
Selected Criminal Justice Topics
Research Methods
Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
Juvenile Law and Procedures
Independent Research/Project
Internship
Senior Seminar
Advanced Selected Criminal Justice Topics
Select any LAW course numbered 500-599
Psychology of Communication
Family and Child Welfare
Substance Abuse and Dependence
Death And Dying
Total Credit Hours30

Juvenile Justice Concentration

Concentration Requirements
LAT 370Domestic Relations3
LAW 200Penology and Corrections3
LAW 270Probation and Parole3
LAW 300Criminal Justice Communications3
LAW 440Juvenile Law and Procedures3
SOC 430Criminology3
Choice of a second major, minor, approved certificate or twelve credit hours of restricted electives from the following:12
Study Away in Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies
Civil Rights Law
Conflict Management
Selected Legal Topics
Criminalistics
Criminal Justice Concepts and Issues
Criminal Evidence
Practicum I
Selected Criminal Justice Topics
Research Methods
Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
Independent Research/Project
Administration and Planning
Internship
Senior Seminar
Advanced Selected Criminal Justice Topics
Select any LAW course numbered 500-599
Psychology of Communication
Abnormal Psychology
Family and Child Welfare
Substance Abuse and Dependence
Death And Dying
Total Credit Hours30

Law Enforcement Concentration

Concentration Requirements
LAW 130Modern Police Procedures3
LAW 140Traffic Control and Accident Investigation3
LAW 275Police Photography2
LAW 280Criminalistics5
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
Study Away in Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies
Domestic Relations
Civil Rights Law
Conflict Management
Selected Legal Topics
Penology and Corrections
Probation and Parole
Criminal Justice Concepts and Issues
Criminal Evidence
Practicum I
Selected Criminal Justice Topics
Research Methods
Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
Juvenile Law and Procedures
Independent Research/Project
Internship
Senior Seminar
Advanced Selected Criminal Justice Topics
Select any LAW course numbered 500-599
Critical Aspects of Policing I
Critical Aspects of Policing 2
Police Methods and Operations
Psychology of Communication
Abnormal Psychology
Criminology
Family and Child Welfare
Substance Abuse and Dependence
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:
Real Property
Tort Law
Study Away in Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
Probate Law
Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies
Domestic Relations
Civil Rights Law
Conflict Management
Selected Legal Topics
Criminal Justice Concepts and Issues
Criminal Evidence
Practicum I
Selected Criminal Justice Topics
Research Methods
Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
Juvenile Law and Procedures
Independent Research/Project
Administration and Planning
Internship
Senior Seminar
Advanced Selected Criminal Justice Topics
Select any LAW course numbered 500-599
Business Law I
Business Law II
Psychology of Communication
Family and Child Welfare
Substance Abuse and Dependence
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.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a minimum of 124 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. No more than 2 courses with a grade of D permitted in major and concentration coursework. 
  6. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  7. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.