Criminal Justice curriculum
|To qualify for graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice a student must have a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 and complete a minimum of 180 credits as outlined:|
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The Criminal Justice major is a 65-credit program comprised of core courses (45 credits) in five content areas — administration of justice, corrections, criminological theory, law adjudication, and research and theoretical methods — plus core electives (20 credits) drawn from multiple disciplines. Through the core courses and electives, students will be able to augment their interest in specific aspects of criminal justice.
Core courses (45 credits)
All Criminal Justice majors are required to complete the following core courses with a 2.0 or higher grade:
- T CRIM 200: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (5)
- T CRIM 271: Introduction to the Sociology of Deviance and Social Control (5) *
- T CRIM 361: Addictions and Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System (5)
- TSOCWF 390: Introduction to Social Welfare Research** (5)
- T CRIM 370: Police and Society (5)
- T CRIM 371: Helping Skills in the Criminal Justice System (5); prerequisites T CRIM 200, T CRIM 271
- T CRIM 372: Adult Corrections (5); prerequisite T CRIM 200
- T CRIM 440: Fundamental of Criminal Law (5); prerequisite T CRIM 200
- T CRIM 441: Senior Seminar: Professionalism and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (5); prerequisites T CRIM 371, TSOCWF 390
*Effective autumn quarter 2013 T CRIM 362 Criminological Theory will be the required core course for new majors admitted for autumn quarter 2013 and beyond. Current majors may take T CRIM 271 or T CRIM 362 during the 2013-14 academic year to satisfy this core requirement.
**Note: Successful (C or 2.0 or higher) completion of a course in statistics within the last five years is a prerequisite for TSOCWF 390.
Core electives (20 credits)
Core electives are drawn from multiple disciplines at the UW Tacoma campus including Criminal Justice, Social Work, Urban Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Institute of Technology, and the Milgard School of Business. Criminal Justice majors must complete each core elective with a 2.0 or higher grade.
Tentative T CRIM Schedule
A tentative general schedule listing when the courses in Criminal Justice (T CRIM) are expected to be offered during the academic year:
- 2012-2013 Course Offerings for Major in Criminal Justice
- 2013-2014 Course Offerings for Major in Criminal Justice
General electives (varies)
The courses you take to meet the requirements for your degree will not always total the 180 credits you need to graduate. The additional credits you need to bring your total to 180 are called "general electives." Students may choose from a variety of disciplines outside their major to fulfill general electives.
Please note: Students with admission deficiencies or Criminal Justice prerequisite deficiencies must meet with an academic adviser regarding completion of deficiencies. Also, students who have not met the minimum of at least 15 credits of Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA), 15 credits of Natural World (NW) and 15 credits of Individuals and Society (I&S) within their lower-division course work must meet with the program adviser regarding selection of appropriate courses within an elective category to complete these Areas of Knowledge (AofK) requirements.
Program petition for course substitution
Current social welfare majors, criminal justice majors or students who have declared the minor in criminal justice are eligible to submit course substitution petitions for review. You must supply documentation as outlined on the Program Petition for Course Substitution along with the signed form. Please allow a minimum of 7 -10 days for review. Decision notifications will be sent to your UW email address. Only college-level transferable courses are eligible for course substitutions (vocational-technical course work is not eligible).