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Criminal Justice

Jerry Ratcliffe, Chair
510 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-7702
jhr@temple.edu

Alan Harland, Undergraduate Chair
531 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-1506
alanh@temple.edu

Stephanie Hardy, Main Campus Advisor
215-204-7919

shardy01@temple.edu

Cheryl Irons-Guynn, Ambler Program Coordinator
267-468-8280

cheryl.irons@temple.edu

Sharon Smith, Administrator

2nd Floor, Anderson Hall

215-204-7763

sasmith@temple.edu

5th Floor Gladfelter Hall
215-204-7818
www.temple.edu/cj

 

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts program in Criminal Justice is to foster a comprehensive understanding of the nature of crime and the effectiveness and fairness of society's efforts to prevent and control it.  Students engage in a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of crime, offenders, and victims, as well as the agencies, goals, laws, policies, and processes of the criminal justice system.  Emphasis is upon promoting critical thinking about the kinds of questions and problems that shape developments in research, practice, policy and reform, and the skills utilized by scholars and professionals in the field.  Majoring in criminal justice helps to prepare students for careers as practitioners, researchers, and academics in a variety of public and private sector professions in both adult and juvenile systems of justice, at the federal, state, and local levels of government.  It also provides the core liberal arts foundations for students interested in alternative career paths or advanced education in law school and graduate programs in criminal justice, criminology, and related social-science fields.

 

Criminal Justice Honors Program

The Department has its own Honors Program in which majors who are also University Honors students may tailor their honors experience to include a criminal justice specialization.  In addition to the honors-level elective courses offered, an invaluable part of the program is the opportunity for students to develop an honors thesis based upon an undergraduate research project individually mentored by a criminal justice professor.

 

Requirements for the Major

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Criminal Justice 1001 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3  
Criminal Justice 2401 Nature of Crime 3  
Criminal Justice 2501 Introduction to Criminal Law 3  
Criminal Justice 2601 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research 3  
Criminal Justice 2602 Criminal Justice Research and Analysis 3  
Criminal Justice 2696 Planned Change in Criminal Justice 3 WI
Criminal Justice   Writing-Intensive Seminar* 3 WI
Criminal Justice electives Seven Upper-Level Criminal Justice Electives (2000-level or higher) 21  
         
Total credits required for the major in Criminal Justice 42  
         
     
The Department of Criminal Justice offers internship experience (CRM JUS 4077 and CRM JUS 4087). These courses are optional, with CRM JUS 4077 counting as an elective in the major, and the CRM JUS 4087 (3 credits for 10 hours/week, 6 credits for 20 hours/week, or 9 credits for 30 hours/week) counting as credits toward graduation (not as electives in the major).

*There are several options for this writing-intensive requirement, all course numbers end in -96, -97, or -98.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed above and are identified by "WI" in the RCI column.

Distinction in Major

Criminal Justice majors may graduate with distinction in the major if they have earned a GPA of 3.5 in the major and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.

Requirements of Minor

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Criminal Justice 1001 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3  
Criminal Justice 2401 Nature of Crime 3  
Criminal Justice 2501 Introduction to Criminal Law 3  
Criminal Justice 2696 Planned Change in Criminal Justice 3 WI
Criminal Justice   Any three Criminal Justice courses above the 2000 level 9  
Criminal Justice   Any seminar (4000-level) course 3  
         
Total credits required for the minor in Criminal Justice 24  

Suggested Semester-by-Semester Plan

Please note that this is a suggested academic plan. Depending on your situation, your academic plan may look different.

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
English 0802, 0812, or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Foreign Language
1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foreign Language
1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
Criminal Justice 1001 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3  
Criminal Justice 2401 Nature of Crime 3  
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Foreign Language/
GenEd
0800+
Foreign Language (third level) or
GenEd World Society course or
Internationally-Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
Criminal Justice 2501 Introduction to Criminal Law 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal      17  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
GenEd 08xx or 09xx World Society 3 GG
Criminal Justice 2601 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research 3  
Criminal Justice 2000+ One 2000+ Criminal Justice Course 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Criminal Justice 2602 Criminal Justice Research and Analysis 3  
Criminal Justice 2000+ One 2000+ Criminal Justice Course 3  
Criminal Justice 2000+ One 2000+ Criminal Justice Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Criminal Justice 2696 Planned Change 3 WI
Criminal Justice 2000+ One 2000+ Criminal Justice Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Criminal Justice 2000+ One 2000+ Criminal Justice Course 3  
Criminal Justice 2000+ One 2000+ Criminal Justice Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Criminal Justice 2000+ One 2000+ Criminal Justice Course 3  
Criminal Justice   Writing-Intensive Seminar* 3 WI
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  

*There are several options for this writing-intensive requirement, all course numbers end in -96, -97, or -98.

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