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Bachelor of Science - Columbus State University

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Bachelor of Science

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science degree enables students to demonstrate a general knowledge of law enforcement, legal research, corrections and criminology. Students must take a minimum of 39 credit hours in criminal justice courses in residence at Columbus State University

Career Opportunities

  • City and-or state police
  • Sheriffs' departments
  • Probation departments
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • Drug enforcement agencies
  • Secret Service
  • Correctional institutions
  • Juvenile justice agencies
  • Private, industrial security
  • FBI

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  • principles of criminal justice systems
  • knowledge of law enforcement organization and procedures
  • skills of legal research and analysis
  • concepts of punishment and rehabilitation in the context of correctional systems
  • major theories of criminal behavior

Additional Program Requirements

B.S. graduates also will be able to demonstrate and apply knowledge about each of the learning outcomes by passing the department exit exam

Program of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

MATH 1001
MATH 1101
MATH 1111
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5
COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

ITDS 1125
ITDS 1779
ITDS 2726
ITDS 2727
ITDS 2735
ITDS 2746
ITDS 2748
ITDS 2749
ITDS 2755
Select one of the following courses:
EURO 2105
INTS 2105
LEAD 1705
LIBR 1105
POLS 2401
HIST 1111
HIST 1112

Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ITDS 1145*
ITDS 1155
ITDS 2125
PHIL 2010

Select one of the following fine arts courses

ARTH 1100
ITDS 1145*
MUSC 1100
THEA 1100
*ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

ANTH 1145 (no lab)
ASTR 1105/1305 (lab optional)
ASTR 1106/1305
ATSC 1112/1112L
BIOL 1215K (lab included)
BIOL 1125 (no lab)
BIOL 1225K (lab included)
CHEM 1151/1151L
CHEM 1152/1152L
CHEM 1211/1211L
CHEM 1212/1212L
ENVS 1105/1105L (lab optional)
ENVS 1205K
GEOL 1110 (no lab)
GEOL 1121/1121L
GEOL 1122/1322
GEOL 2225 (lab included)
PHYS 1111/1311
PHYS 1112/1312
PHYS 1125/1325 (lab optional)
PHYS 2211/2311
PHYS 2212/2312

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

CPSC 1105
CPSC 1301/1301L
GEOG 2215
MATH 1113
MATH 1125
MATH 1131
MATH 1132
MATH 1165
MATH 2125
PHIL 2500
STAT 1127

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112
Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

ECON 2105
ECON 2106
PHIL 2030
PSYC 1101
SOCI 1101

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

ANTH 1105
ANTH 1107
ANTH 2105
ANTH 2136
ENGL 2136
GEOG 1101
HIST 1111
HIST 1112
INTS 2105
ITDS 1156

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3

PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
A grade of "C" or better is required in each CRJU course.

CRJU 1105 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 2105 Criminology
CRJU 2106 Survey of Corrections
CRJU 2145 Criminal Law
CRJU 2165 Police Organization and Operation
SOCI 1168 Social Problems or SOCI 1101 Intro to Sociology

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 21
A grade of "C" or better is required in each CRJU course.

CRJU 2146 Criminal Procedure and Evidence
CRJU 3107 Statistics for Criminal Justice and Sociology
CRJU 3117 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CRJU 3136 Ethics
CRJU 3155 Juvenile Delinquency
CRJU 4165 Police Community Relations
CRJU 4210 Criminal Justice Capstone Course

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 24
Select nine hours from the following:;
A grade of "C" or better is required in each CRJU course.

COMM 2105 Interpersonal Communication
CRJU 3115 Deviant Behavior 
CRJU 3116 Criminal Behavior
CRJU 3126 Institutional Treat of Criminal Offenders
CRJU 3135 Women in Crime and Justice
CRJU 3146 Criminal Justice Administrations
CRJU 3167 Forensic Evidence
CRJU 3168 Crime Scene Reconstruction and Investigation
CRJU 3555 Selected Topics in Criminal Justice
CRJU 4155 Juvenile Justice

Select fifteen hours from the following:

CRJU 3128 Correction Law
CRJU 3169 Violent Crime
CRJU 4167 Criminal Justice & Cultural Diversity
CRJU 4168 Professionalism in Criminal Justice
CRJU 4169 Technical Writing in Criminal Justice
CRJU 4175 Interpersonal Communication in Criminal Justice
CRJU 4176 Constitutional Law & Criminal Justic
CRJU 4178 Forensic Criminal Justice
CRJU 4698 Criminal Justice Internship
ENGL 3158 Writing in the Workplacee

Area I General Electives Required Hours: 15

Total Hours Required: 123

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