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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.

 

Summary of Degree Requirements

1. University Requirements:

  • Math 0701 (4sh) and/or English 0701 (4sh), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. See below for a list of the specific courses required for your major.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including: 90 credits in CLA/CST courses, 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999). For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits must be taken in the Humanities Departments (English, French, German, Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese (only available at our Japan campus), Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish), Art History, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
  • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.

3.  Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:

1) All students must complete the second level of a foreign language;

2) All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd World Society category; and

3) All students must complete one of the following options:

  • Third level of a foreign language;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language;
  • A second General Education World Society course;
  • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
  • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page.

4. Major Requirements (42 s.h.)

  • Specifically Required courses:  CJ 1001, 2401, 2501, 2601, 2602, and 2696
  • Other Requirements:
    • One Writing Seminar, select from: CJ 4096, 4098, or 4196
  • Electives in Major
    • Seven CJ electives numbered 2000-4999 (may not overlap with any of the above-noted courses)

5. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

 

Requirements for the Major

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
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 3 WI
Criminal Justice electives Seven Upper-Level Criminal Justice Electives (2000-level or higher) 21  
         
Select one Writing Seminar from: 3  
Criminal Justice 4096 Writing Seminar: Crime and Social Policy ##   WI
Criminal Justice 4098 Writing Seminar: Gender and Criminal Justice   WI
Criminal Justice 4196 Writing Seminar: Critical Issues in Law Enforcement ##   WI
         
Total credits required for the major in Criminal Justice: 42  
         
The Department of Criminal Justice offers internship experience (CJ 4077 and CJ 4087). These courses are optional, with CJ 4077 counting as an elective in the major, and the CJ 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).

 

 

## DUPLICATE CREDIT WARNING:

  • The following courses have similar content and students may only earn academic credit for one from each set:
  • CJ 4001 Crime and Social Policy OR CJ 4096 Writing Seminar: Crime and Social Policy
  • CJ 4101 Critical Issues in Law Enforcement OR CJ 4196 Writing Seminar: Critical Issues in Law Enforcement

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 Attribute 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

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
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 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  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
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  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
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  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
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  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
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  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
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  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
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  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
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  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Criminal Justice 2000+ One 2000+ Criminal Justice Course 3  
Criminal Justice 4096 or 4098 or 4196 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  

 

 

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