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The Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice prepares recipients for advanced study and or entry into federal, state, county, municipal, and private Criminal Justice agencies. Students who elect to major in Criminal Justice are advised that background factors as well as education are prerequisites to employment in Criminal Justice.

Federal, State, and Local facilities are utilized through a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary curriculum in all of the areas offered. Theoretical and procedural research in the behavioral and natural sciences are reflected in the curriculum. Students are encouraged to become involved in research and in service to the community. The substance, processes, and techniques of pre-legal and legal studies, are essentials of the programs.

In addition Coppin's geographical location enhances the nurturing relationship which students experience in supervised Field Training, Internships, and Cooperative Education Experiences under the supervision of experienced personnel.


  1. Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  2. Undergraduate Minor in Criminal Justice

Regulations Regarding Students Associated with the Department of Criminal Justice

Students who elect to enroll in Criminal Justice courses must first complete required developmental courses. Students who have not completed (GER) courses, must receive the permission of the Office of Advisement, and the permission of the Criminal Justice Department before registering in Criminal Justice courses. The General Education Requirements (GER), provide the student with knowledge and skills which assist the student in succeeding in Criminal Justice courses. 

Students are encouraged to focus upon the completion of (GER) courses as early as possible in their university experience.

All majors in Criminal Justice are assigned advisors according to the first initial of the student's surname. Lists of advisors names are posted on office doors in the Department of Criminal Justice. If the designated advisor is not available, the student is encouraged to seek the assistance of the Department Chair or of other available Criminal Justice Department faculty members. However, students are required to meet with assigned Advisors at least once each semester. Criminal Justice majors, minors and non-majors should seek advisement before registering for Criminal Justice courses. The advisement form is a road map which will guide the student to essential courses and the sequence in which they should be taken. All students are expected to familiarize themselves with, and to follow all university regulations.

All Criminal Justice courses are upper level courses. Undergraduate Criminal Justice Majors are expected to complete a core of eight three-hour courses (24 credit hours). In addition six elective courses (18 credit hours) are required. Students are encouraged to take additional elective courses in order to pursue particular areas of interest in Criminal Justice. Criminal Justice majors are also encouraged, but not required, to pursue minors in other academic areas.

Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to earn a grade of C or higher in each required and in each elective Criminal Justice course.

Major in Criminal Justice

Required Courses to be Taken by Majors:

CRJU 301* Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 323* Criminological Thought
CRJU 408 Criminal Justice and the Constitution
CRJU 413 Delinquency: Prevention and Control
CRJU 431 Fundamentals of Criminal Justice Research
CRJU 416 Field Service: Training and Internship
CRJU 430 Advanced Legal and Technical Writing

Total Core Requirements: 21 credits

Total Elective Requirements: 18 credits

*Prerequisites: These courses should be taken before taking other Criminal Justice Courses.

Major: Criminal Justice


Level I (First Year)
Fall Semester
 *ENGL 101  English Composition  3
 *MATH 125  Math for Liberal Arts  3
 *»HIST 205  AA History I  3
 *†SPAN 101  Spanish  3
 *PSYC 201  Intro to Psychology  3
 **ORIE 101  Freshman Seminar  1
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 *ENGL 102  English Composition II  3
 *»HIST 206  AA History II  3
*•PHSC 101  Physical Science  3
 *‡SPCH 105  Speech  3
 **MISY 150  Tech Fluency  3
 Semester Total 15

Level II (Sophomore)

Fall Semester
 *×PHIL 102
 *SOCI 201
 Intro to Bus & Ent Econ  3
 *•BIOL 101
 Biological Science
 *○WLIT 207
 World Literature
 ■CRJU 301
 Intro to Criminal Justice  3
 Semester Total 16

Spring Semester
 ■CRJU 301
 Criminological Thought
 ■CRJU 408
 CRJU & the Constitution  3
 ▲  Program Elective
 Program Elective
 ♦  General Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

Level III (Junior)

Fall Semester
 ■CRJU 413
 Delinq, Prev & Control
 ■CRJU 416  Field Serv Train & Intern I  3
 ▲  Program Elective
 Program Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ■CRJU 430  Adv Legal & Tech Writing
 ■CRJU 431  Fund. of Crim Jus Research
 ▲  Program Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 Semester Total 15

Level IV (Senior)

Fall Semester
 ▲  Program Elective
 ♦  General Elective
 ♦  General Elective
 ♦  General Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective
 Semester Total 15

Spring Semester
 ♦  General Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 General Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective  3
 ♦  General Elective
 Semester Total 15

 *  General Education Requirement
 **  University Graduation Requirement
 ■  Major Course
  »  or any 2 part 200 level History
 or any ENGL 200 level or above
 BIOL 101 or 107 or CHEM 101 or PHSC 101 or PHSC 103
×  PHIL 103 or PHIL 102
 or IDIS 103 or any Foreign Language or ART 105 or MUSC 201 or DANC 226 or THEA 211

 or any 3 credit Health course, or SPCH 202 or SPCH 204 or GEOG 102
 ♦  General Elective - any University course
 ▲  Program Elective - any non-required course within the discipline
 ▬  Support Course
§  Management Science Elective

NOTE: Please consult a program advisor to discuss course options. 

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