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Sample Schedules and Required Courses

In addition to the University Core Curriculum, the bachelor's degree programs in criminal justice and criminology (CJC) require 48 semester hours of CJC course work to graduate.

The programs include 33–36 hours of required core courses (including a 12–15 hour internship), and 12–15 hours of departmental electives. Because these courses are offered on a set timeline, be sure to check with your advisor when planning your schedule.

Required Core Courses (33–36 credit hours)
CJC 101 Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System

CJC 102 Introduction to Criminology

CJC 220 Research Methods in Criminal Justice

CJC 221 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice

CJC 230 Introduction to Policing

CJC 240 Introduction to Corrections

CJC 250 Introduction to Courts

CJC 369/479 Professional Experience (Internship) in criminal justice and criminology (12-15 hours) For those not taking the internship, a series of directed electives in CJC or related fields will be recommended.


General Studies Electives
Concentration area (21 hours required)

CJC 101 Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System

CJC 102 Introduction to Criminology

CJC 220 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
 
CJC 221 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice

CJC 230 Introduction to Policing

CJC 240 Introduction to Corrections

CJC 250 Introduction to Courts


Departmental Electives
You must complete 9 hours of CJC 300-level courses.


Other electives
Electives can be chosen from political science, psychology, social work, and sociology.

Students qualifying for exemption from ENG 103 or 104 will receive credit for those courses.

The following schedule outlines the typical course of study for this degree:
First Year
Fall Semester

ENG 103 English Composition 1

3

CJC 101 Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System

3

COMM 210 Fundamentals of Public Communication

3

History Requirement

3

Elective

3

Total Credits

15

  
Spring Semester
ENG 104 English Composition 2  3
CJC 102 Introduction to Criminology 3
Physical Education, Fitness, and Wellness 2
Natural Science Requirement 3
Personal Finance Requirement 1
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credits 18

Second Year
Fall Semester

CJC 220 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
CJC 230 Introduction to Policing 3
CJC 240 Introduction to Corrections 3
Humanities Requirement 3
Elective 3
Total Credits 15
  
Spring Semester
CJC 221 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice  3
MATHS 125 Mathematics and Its Applications 3
CJC 250 Introduction to Courts 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credits 15
  
Third Year
Fall Semester

CJC 311 3
Fine Arts Requirement 3
CJC 300-400 Level Elective 3
CJC 300-400 Level Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credits 15
  
Spring Semester
CJC 329  3
Natural Sciences Requirement 3
CJC 300-400 Level Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credits 15
  
Fourth Year
Fall Semester

CJC 471

3

Fine Arts Requirement

3

Humanities Requirement

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Total Credits

18

 
Spring Semester
CJC 369/479 Professional Experience (Internship) in Criminal Justice and Criminology 

15

Total Credits

15

Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Ball State University
North Quad, Room 278
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-5979
Fax: 765-285-5912