Criminal Justice Curriculum

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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. Core electives (20 credits) are drawn from multiple disciplines. Through the core courses and electives, students will be able to augment their interest in specific aspects of criminal justice.

► Curriculum overview

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 below:

College-level credits On-campus majors: 60 minimum, upon admission
Online majors: 90 minimum, upon admission
Core courses 45
Core electives 20
General electives Varies

Core courses (45 credits)

All Criminal Justice majors admitted Spring Quarter 2014 and beyond are required to complete the following core courses with a minimum 2.0 grade:

  • T CRIM 225: Diversity and Social Justice in Criminology (5) *
  • T CRIM 361: Addictions and Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System (5)
  • T CRIM 362: Criminological Theory [W] (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)
    prerequisite T CRIM 225
  • T CRIM 372: Adult Corrections (5)
  • T CRIM 395: American Criminal Courts (5) ***
  • T CRIM 441: Senior Seminar: Professionalism and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice [W] (5)
    prerequisites T CRIM 371 and TSOCWF 390

* Students admitted to the Criminal Justice major prior to Spring Quarter 2014 may take T CRIM 200: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System to meet this core requirement, and the course will be accepted in lieu of T CRIM 225 as a prerequisite for T CRIM 371.

** Successful (C or 2.0 or higher) completion of a course in statistics within the last five years is a prerequisite for TSOCWF 390.

*** Effective for students entering Spring Quarter 2015, T CRIM 395: American Criminal Courts will replace T CRIM 440: Fundamentals of Criminal Law as a CJ Core Requirement.

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.

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.

Online CJ majors: The Time Schedule Quick Search is a helpful tool to locate online courses in the time schedule. (In the 'Location' field, select 'Online' from the drop-down menu.)

Please note: Students with admission deficiencies or Criminal Justice prerequisite deficiencies must meet with an academic advisor. 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 advisor regarding selection of appropriate courses within an elective category to complete these Areas of Knowledge (AofK) requirements. 

Please consult the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) frequently to track your progress and deficiencies while you complete graduation requirements

► Tentative T CRIM schedule

Tentative Time Schedule

► 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).