BACJ Online Completion Program
Criminal Justice is a broad and increasingly interdisciplinary field. The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (BACJ) program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to capture both the academic liberal arts emphasis and the professional and policy knowledge required to educate criminal justice professionals.
The BACJ degree is designed to provide a balanced, liberal arts-based education that examines the multidisciplinary nature of criminal justice and the organization and operation of each functional component in the field of criminal justice.
The graduation requirements for a student pursuing a BACJ degree include:
- Complete 120 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for all coursework.
- Complete a minimum of 39 credit hours of criminal justice core courses, including a minimum of 6 credit hours of criminal justice electives. A minimum of 27 Criminal Justice credit hours must be upper division (3000 or 4000 level). All criminal justice courses applying to the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
- Complete 45 semester hours in upper-division courses. Students may register for upper-division courses if they have met prerequisites or obtained departmental approval.
- Residency: Candidates for the BACJ degree from UCCS must complete the final 30 semester hours of coursework as a student in the School of Public Affairs. At least 12 semester hours must be Criminal Justice courses.
See the School of Public Affairs website for additional on campus BACJ Option Areas.
Option Areas – Students may utilize their major elective course options (and in some cases core and/or required courses) to form a concentration or ‘option’ area in one or two of the following areas: Forensic Studies, Law Enforcement and/or Law. Students must meet with a Criminal Justice advisor in the Academic Advising Office to declare an option area and then follow the requirements on the degree progress report.
Criminal Justice - 39 credits, 27 upper division credits
All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.
All CJ courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better
|CJ 1001 Introduction to Criminal Justice||3|
|CJ 2041 Crime Theory and Causes||3|
|CJ 3100 Criminal Justice Research Methods||4|
|CJ 3150 Statistics for Criminal Justice||4|
|CJ 3250 Violence in Society||3|
|CJ 4042 Corrections||3|
|CJ 4043 Law Enforcement||3|
|CJ 4044 Courts and Judicial Process||3|
|CJ 4121 Ethics in Criminal Justice||3|
|CJ 4960 Internship in Criminal Justice||4 - 8|
|(Instructor permission required/possible waiver from department)|
|Criminal Justice electives||6 - 10|
|CS 1000 Computer Literacy or INFS 1100 MS Office Applications and PC Basics
(or pass the Computer Literacy Test)
|PSY 1000 General Psychology||3|
|PSC 1100 American Political System||3|
|SOC 1110 Intro to Sociology||4|
|PHIL 1120 Critical Thinking||3|
|COMM 2010 Oral Communication in the Workplace or|
|COMM 2100 Public Speaking||3|
|PAD 3210 Contemporary Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice Policy||3|
|PAD 3268 Contemporary Issues in Social and Public Policy||3|
General Education Requirements**
**In addition to the Auxiliary Requirements listed above, students pursuing a BA in Criminal Justice will need to satisfy additional general education requirements established by the School of Public Affairs. These courses are identified in the LAS section of the schedule of courses and in the bulletin.
|Reasoning Skills Requirement||3|
|Humanities Area Requirement:|
|Natural Science Area Requirement (including a lab course)||8|
|Global Awareness Requirement||3|
|Cultural Diversity Requirement||3|
|General electives||+ 27|
|Total Credits - 45 upper division (3000-4000) level||120|
MODEL DEGREE PROGRAM
Criminal Justice (CJ)
The following four-year plan lists all the specific course requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree. The order in which these courses are taken may vary with course availability. Students are responsible for completing all course prerequisites. Please note that this is a suggested degree program; your program may vary. Be sure to consult with your academic advisor at UCCS Academic Advising in addition to reading the BACJ Advising Guide for 2015-2016.
Electives may be used toward a minor, a 2nd major, prerequisites, additional courses in Criminal Justice (up to 54 credits maximum), or up to two option areas 1) Law; 2) Public Policy; 3) Family Violence; 4) Law Enforcement; 5) Corrections; and 6) Forensic Studies
|Suggested First Year|
|_____ ENGL 1310 Rhetoric & Writing I||_____ ENGL 1410 Rhetoric & Writing II|
|(Prer. of ENGL 0990 or ACT 19+ or SAT 450+)||* (Prer. of ENGL 1310 or ACT 29+ or SAT 650+)*|
|_____ PSC 1100 American Political System||_____ PSY 1000 General Psychology|
|_____ ID 1010 Freshmen Seminar or General Elective||_____ General Humanities Elective|
|_____ PHIL 1120 Critical Thinking||_____ CJ 2041 Crime Theory and Causes|
|_____ CJ 1001 Introduction to Criminal Justice||_____ ID 1050 OR ID 2000 or MATH1040 Reasoning Skills|
|Requirement (Prer. for MATH 1040 is ACT 19+ or score of 9+ on the Algebra Diagnostic Exam)|
|TOTAL=15 credits||TOTAL=15 credits|
|*ACT/SAT placement scores are based on the English section of the exam only.|
|Suggested Second Year|
|_____ SOC 1110 Intro to Sociology - 4 hours||_____ CJ 3100 Criminal Justice Research Methods - 4 hours|
|_____ General Elective||_____ Cultural Diversity Course (D)|
|_____ COMM 2010 Oral Communication in the Workplace (O)||_____ Criminal Justice Elective|
|_____ CS 1000 Computer Literacy or
INFS 1100 MS Office Applications and PC Basics
|_____ General Elective|
|_____ CJ 3250 Violence in Society||_____ Global Awareness Course (G)|
|TOTAL=16 credits||TOTAL=16 credits|
|Courses fulfilling General Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences, as well as the Global Awareness (G), Cultural Diversity (D) and Oral Communication (O) requirements, may be found in the Catalog or the current schedule.|
|Suggested Third Year|
|_____ CJ 3150 Statistics for Criminal Justice - 4 hours||_____ UD General Elective|
|_____ CJ 4121 Ethics in Criminal Justice||_____ HUM 3990 Core Humanities|
|_____ Natural Science Elective (w/lab) - 4 hours||_____ PAD3210 Contemporary Issues in Crime/CJ Policy|
|_____ PAD 3268 Contemp. Issues in Social and Public Policy||_____ UD General Elective|
|_____ Criminal Justice Elective|
|TOTAL=14 credits||TOTAL=15 credits|
|Suggested Fourth Year|
|_____ CJ 4960 Internship in Criminal Justice – 4 hours||_____ CJ 4044 Courts and Judicial Process|
|_____ CJ 4043 Law Enforcement||_____ UD General Elective|
|_____ Natural Science Elective – 4 hours||_____ UD General Elective|
|_____ CJ 4042 Corrections||_____ General Elective|
|_____ General Elective|
|TOTAL=14 credits||TOTAL=15 credits|