Criminal Justice Program

Criminal Justice is the study of both domestic and international structures, functions, behaviors, and public policies related to the apprehension, prosecution, sentencing, and incarceration of offenders. 

Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ) Degree Requirements

The components of criminal justice offerings consist of theory, research, criminal law, law enforcement, corrections, and juvenile justice. In addition to general studies requirements, students must meet all University requirements (e.g. grades of "C" or better in Gordon Rule Courses), and grades of "C" or above in all criminal justice courses.

Students must master CCJ 2010 “Introduction to Criminal Justice” before taking upper level courses. It is expected that these twenty-one (21) semester credit hours of core courses will be taken at Florida A&M University. The additional nine (9) semester hours are to be taken from a single substantive area. Students may choose from the substantive areas of: (1) legal studies, (2) minority and gender studies, (3) juvenile justice, or (4) corrections.

Required Core Courses

Criminal Justice majors are required to complete eight (8) required courses totaling thirty (30) semester hours of upper division criminal justice courses  and three (3) courses in a designated substantive area* as provided below:

CCJ 2010 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
CCJ 3117 Theories of Criminal Behavior (3)
CCJ 3718 Statistics in Criminal Justice (3)
CCJ 4700 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3)
CCJ 4934 Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)
CJE 4065 Police and Society (3)
CJL 3510 American Court System (3)
CJL 4012 Penology (3)

*Substantive Areas

Legal Studies
CCJ 4932 Contemporary Judicial Issue (3) OR CJL 4065 American Criminal Procedure (3)
CCJ 4031 Cases In Corrections(3)
CJL 4064 American Criminal Law (3)

Minority and Gender
CCJ 4670 Women And Crime (3)
CCJ 4662 Race, Class, And Justice (3)
CCJ 3129 Multicultural Perspectives on Adolescence and Adolescent Development(3)

Juvenile Justice
CJJ 3010 Juvenile Delinquency And The Juvenile Justice System (3)
CJJ 3544 Youth Management, Community Organization, And Advocacy(3)
CJJ 3545 Social Problems Of Youth(3)

CCJ 4031 Cases In Corrections (3)
CCJ 4360 Contemporary Issues in Corrections(3)
CJC 4164 Community Corrections (3)

Elective Internship Options for Criminal Justice Majors Only
CCJ 4947 Field Experience In Criminal Justice (3)

A minor is required for criminal justice majors. The minor requires eighteen (18) credit hours of course work in an approved non-criminal justice/juvenile justice field. The curriculum for the minor follows the requirements specified by the minor field. A grade below a “C” will not be accepted for credit toward the minor.

Internships are available for students to acquire experience in their chosen field of study. The internship is optional, but students are strongly encouraged to arrange their schedules so that they can complete an internship before they graduate. Graduates of the program will be qualified to work in agencies throughout the criminal justice system or enter graduate or law school. A grade below a “C” will not be accepted for credit toward the major.

Criminal Justice Course Offerings and Program Curriculum

The components of criminal justice offerings consist of theory, research, criminal law, law enforcement, corrections, and juvenile justice.

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The course offerings indicate courses offered during the Fall and Spring semesters.

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The degree audit is a management tool to indicate what major courses have been completed and which are needed to earn a BCJ degree.

Career Opportunities

*May require additional certification(s) and/or advanced level degree.

Court Reporter
Court Administration

Border Patrol Agent
Bounty Hunter
Corrections Officer
Crime Analyst
Crime Scene Investigator
Criminal Intelligence Analyst
Criminal Profiler
Customs Agent
Evidence and Property Specialist
Federal Special Agent
Forensic Specialist
Game Warden
Geographic Information Systems Analyst
Substance Abuse Counselor
Military Police
Parole Officer
Police Detective
Private Investigator
Probation Officer
Security Officer
TSA Officer

More on Criminal Justice Careers

Careers for Criminal Justice majors offer a variety of positions to better understand the criminal justice system.

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Careers in Criminal Justice typically fall into legal and law enforcement.

Contact Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Phone: (850) 599-3316,  Fax: (850) 599-8541
1740 South Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard
Perry Paige #403
Tallahassee, Florida 32307