Public Affairs & Community Service Criminology & Criminal Justice

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College: Public Affairs & Community Service
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5 to transfer to major; 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Chief Adviser: Karen Fulton
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Criminology & Criminal Justice

Criminology & Criminal Justice

COLLEGE: Public Affairs & Community Service

MAJOR: Criminology & Criminal Justice

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.5 to transfer to major; 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

CHIEF ADVISER: Karen Fulton

DESCRIPTION

Director: Dr. Candice Batton

Assistant Director for Academic and Student Affairs: Karen Fulton, 310 Nebraska Hall, 402-472-3677

Faculty: Anderson, Batton, Brauer, Brennan, Clinkinbeard, Crank, Eskridge, Hobbs, Hoffman, Hughes, Jacobs (emeriti), Kadleck, Marshall, Meier, Sample, Savolainen, Schwartz, Simi, Spohn, Steiner, Wakefield, Walker, Walker (emeriti), Wright

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice provides its students with the foundation for entering many diversified criminal justice related careers including the courts, law, corrections and law enforcement. The school curriculum is composed of a broad range of ideas and interests, including courses in organization and administration, statistics, research methods, law enforcement, corrections, criminology, courts, juvenile delinquency, and law, as well as various special topics. Through the internship program, students can obtain work experience within various criminal justice agencies.

Although the bachelor of science in criminology and criminal justice degree can be earned entirely on the Lincoln campus, the degree is granted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Degree at a Glance

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice (120 Hours)

Core Requirements48

English Composition9

Social Science12

Natural Science and Math12

Humanities and Fine Arts12

Statistics3

Major Requirements39

Concentration18

Electives15

TOTAL120

ADMISSION

Major/College Admission

Students who have been admitted to the University may apply for entrance to the College of Public Affairs and Community Service as a Pre-Criminology and Criminal Justice major during initial registration by indicating their preference in the appropriate place on the University Application for Admission form.

Students who wish to transfer into the College from one of the schools or colleges within the University or from another institution must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.

Other Admission Requirements

Pre-Criminology and Criminal Justice (PCCJ)

The first 45 hours of course work is defined as the PCCJ curriculum. Entering freshmen who declare PCCJ as their major must complete all of the 45 hour PCCJ curriculum with a minimum grade of C- in their criminology and criminal justice courses. These courses must include:

CRIM 101 (3 hrs)

CRIM 251 (3 hrs)

CRIM 203, CRIM 211 or CRIM 221 (6-9 hrs)

ENGL 101, ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 252, ENGL 254 (6 hrs)

MATH 100A, MATH 101, MATH 103, MATH 104 or MATH 106 (3-5 hrs)

Students are encouraged to fulfill the remaining 19-24 hours with course work from their general distribution requirements.

Upper Division Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRCJ)

Students seeking entrance into the upper division criminology and criminal justice program (CRCJ) must apply to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Students may apply with fewer than 45 hours if they are enrolled for the remaining hours during the semester in which they make application. In such cases, students may be granted admission contingent upon completion of the hours with a minimum grade of C- in their criminology and criminal justice courses.

Transfer Students Declaring Pre-Criminology and Criminal Justice

Students wishing to transfer from another institution or department within the University of Nebraska must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average to declare pre-criminology and criminal justice. Transfer students must complete the PCCJ curriculum stipulated above and apply for admission to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice before being admitted to the upper division CRCJ program. Students wishing to transfer are encouraged to contact the school for more details on the transfer policy.

The policies set out above are intended to apply to all students who seek admission to the upper division CRCJ program. For good cause shown, the school has the discretion to make exceptions to the admission policy.

Application forms may be obtained at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice office.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice (BSCCJ)

Core Requirements

A. English Composition (9 hours). Select 3-6 hours from: ENGL 101, ENGL 150, ENGL 151 (fulfills ACE 1 requirement). At least 3 credit hours must be in courses 200 level or higher selected from: ENGL 252, ENGL 254 or ENGL 354. Acceptable alternatives must be approved by the student’s adviser.

B. Social Science (12 hours). Courses will be selected from the departments of anthropology, economics, gerontology, history, nonphysical geography, political science, psychology, sociology, social work, and child, youth and family studies (CYAF 160, CYAF 270, CYAF 271, CYAF 280) (see adviser for upper-level options), educational psychology (EDPS 250, EDPS 251, EDPS 450, EDPS 451, EDPS 463), and ethnic studies (ETHN 100, ETHN 200, ETHN 201, ETHN 202, ETHN 203). No more than 6 hours from any one department may be used to meet this requirement.

C. Natural Sciences and Mathematics (12 hours). Select one math course from MATH 100A, MATH 101, MATH 103, MATH 104 or MATH 106 and one natural science with lab course from ACE 4. Select additional courses from the following disciplines: agricultural science (AGRI 115); agronomy (AGRO 131); anthropology (ANTH 142, ANTH 232, ANTH 242); astronomy; biological sciences; chemistry; computer science (CSCE 101 or higher) (CSCE labs do not fulfill the lab requirement); energy science (ENSC 110, ENSC 220); entomology; forensic science (FORS 120, FORS 300, FORS 414, FORS 445, FORS 446, FORS 407); geology; math (above 101); meteorology; natural resources (NRES 108); nutrition (NUTR 131); physics; physical geography (GEOG 155); and plant pathology (PLPT 110).

D. Humanities and Fine Arts (12 hours). Select one 3-hour course from ACE 5 and one 3-hour course from ACE 7. An additional course may be selected from art and art history, classics, communication, dance, English literature, foreign languages, journalism, music, philosophy, religion, or theatre. Not more than 8 hours may be applied from any one department. Each student must also complete one 3-hour course in oral communication to be selected from: COMM 109, COMM 209, COMM 286 (fulfills ACE 2 requirement).

E. Statistics (3 hours). Each student must complete one 3-hour course in basic statistics selected from CRIM 300 (recommended), EDPS 459, ECON 215, SOCI 206 or STAT 218 (fulfills ACE 3 requirement). Only one of these basic statistics courses may apply to the degree.

NOTE: CRIM 300 will not apply toward the 39 hours of required CRCJ courses.

Specific Major Requirements

Criminology and Criminal Justice Requirements (39 semester hours)

All candidates for the BSCCJ degree must complete CRIM 101 Survey of Criminal Justice (fulfills ACE 6 requirement), CRIM 251 Research Methods, and select 6-9 hours from CRIM 203 Police and Society, CRIM 211 Criminal Court System, and CRIM 221 Survey of Corrections. After admission to the Upper Division Program students must complete a minimum of 21 hours of upper division CRCJ courses including CRIM 335 Criminology and CRIM 351 Criminal Procedure.

A minimum grade of C- is required in criminology and criminal justice courses used as part of the 39-hour major requirement.

Criminal Justice Internships are coordinated by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Three to 6 hours of CRIM 397 Criminal Justice Internship may apply in the 39 hour major area (fulfills ACE 10 requirement).

Participation in the internship requires admission to the upper-division CRCJ program, 75 earned hours and a GPA of 2.5.

Students must register for and complete CRIM 499 (Senior Assessment) in the semester in which they plan to graduate.

NOTE: Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of the following: CRIM 251 or SOCI 205, CRIM 337 or SOCI 311, CRIM 413 or SOCI 474.

Concentration Requirement

Area of Concentration (18 hours)

Students will select an area of concentration with their advisers. At least 12 hours must be completed in upper division courses (300/400 level). Students who wish to integrate a minor into their program should work closely with their CRCJ adviser.

Electives

Elective Requirements (15 semester hours)

Students may select electives after consultation with their adviser. Elective courses may include non-required criminology and criminal justice courses.

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Ethical Principles, Civics and Stewardship

Each student must select one 3-hour course from ACE 8 which explains ethical principles, civics, and stewardship and their importance to society. This course may be applied toward the appropriate group requirement.

Global Awareness/Diversity

Each student must select one 3-hour course from ACE 9 which exhibits global awareness or knowledge of human diversity through analysis of an issue. This course may be applied toward the appropriate group requirement.

Creative or Scholarly Product

Each student must select one 3-hour course from ACE 10. This will typically be completed with a course in the major area.

Other Requirements/Rules

  • The BSCCJ degree requires the completion of 120 semester hours of credit. A minimum of 30 of the last 36 credit hours must be earned by the student in residence within the University of Nebraska system.
  • At least 21 hours of criminology and criminal justice must be taken at the University of Nebraska.
  • A maximum of 30 hours from any one department may be applied toward the BSCCJ degree.
  • A maximum of 6 credit hours for basic military training is applicable to the BSCCJ degree.

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A minimum grade of C- is required in criminology and criminal justice courses used as part of the 39-hour major requirement.

Pass/No Pass Limits

A maximum of 24 hours may be taken Pass/No Pass and none of the 39 hours required for the criminology and criminal justice major may be taken Pass/No Pass (with the exception of CRIM 397 and CRIM 496).

Extended Education, Independent Study Rules, Internship Credit Rules

A maximum of 12 credit hours of departmental independent study or internship courses may be applied toward the BSCCJ degree. Of these, no more than 6 hours from one department and no more than 6 hours from another institution.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Criminology and Criminal Justice Minor

Requirements for Minor18

CRIM 101 Survey of Criminal Justice3

Select two courses from:6

CRIM 203 Police & Society (3 cr)

CRIM 211 The Criminal Court System (3 cr)

CRIM 221 Survey of Corrections (3 cr)

Select three upper level (300/400) CRCJ courses (excluding CRIM 300 Applied Statistics)9

An overall C average in courses applied to the minor is required and all courses must be taken for a letter grade (not Pass/No Pass). In addition, all 9 credit hours of upper division CRCJ course work must be taken in residence at the University of Nebraska.

OTHER

Other College Requirements

Total Hours

Each candidate must present a total of at least 120 semester hours of college credit to meet graduation requirements.

Quality of Work

Each candidate for the degree must attain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. A minimum grade of at least C- must be earned in all required courses within the major, unless a higher grade is designated by the department/school. All grades reported by the faculty to the registrar become a part of the student’s permanent record and are included in the computation of the grade point average, even though some of these grades may be for work done in excess of the 120 hours required for graduation.

Transfer of Courses

The transfer of D grades in non-major courses are accepted only from within the University of Nebraska system. Students from other institutions must present a grade of C- or above for all course work.

Residence

Thirty of the last 36 hours required for the degree must be registered for and carried within the University of Nebraska system.

Acceptability of credits

The student should refer all questions concerning the acceptability of credits earned in programs such as Cooperative Education and Credit by Examination to the department in which enrolled. Credit earned in courses below the 100 level may not be applied toward the degree offered by the College of Public Affairs and Community Service.

Achievement-Centered Education (ACE)

All criminology and criminal justice students who enter the program Fall 2011 or after must fulfill the Achievement-Centered Education (ACE) requirements. The 30-hour ACE requirement will include a minimum of 3 hours of approved course work in each of the 10 designated Achievement-Centered Education (ACE student learning outcome areas which can be viewed at http://ace.unl.edu). Students will be provided a list of courses they can select from to meet each of the 10 ACE Student Learning Outcomes.

Courses required for the BSCCJ degree will also fulfill ACE requirements. Students should carefully review course work with ACE options to make the best use of courses to fulfill both degree requirements as well as their ACE requirements.

Prerequisite Courses

Completion of a course within the major with a grade below a C- will not be considered as having fulfilled prerequisite requirements for additional courses taken in the major field of study. A higher grade may be designated by the department/school.

Choice of Catalog Policy

A student registering in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service for the first time may, except for limitations described below, complete work for the degree according to the requirements of 1) the catalog in effect the year the student enters CPACS or 2) the catalog current at the time the student applies for the degree.

Students entering the College for the first time in the summer will be subject to the catalog for the academic year immediately following.

Students formerly in a CPACS program who drop out of the College for one year must complete requirements of the catalog current at the time of readmission.

Failure to complete the requirements for the degree within seven years after the date the student first enters the College will subject the student to graduation under the requirements of a later catalog to be approved by the Dean.

The College reserves the right to institute and make effective, after due notice, during the course of a student’s work toward a degree, any new ruling which may be necessary for the general good of the College and to substitute courses currently offered for those no longer offered.

Grade Appeals Procedure

Students who wish to appeal a grade which they feel was capriciously or prejudicially given shall first discuss the matter with the instructor within 30 days of the final course grade being posted. If the matter is not resolved, the student must meet with the department/school chairperson. If a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached, the student must appeal, in writing, to the department/school curriculum committee. If a satisfactory agreement cannot be reached, the student may submit a written appeal to the Office of the Dean within 20 working days of the exhaustion of the departmental procedures.

The Committee on Academic Standards and Curriculum for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service is the official body for handling the appeal.

In the event that the instructor is unavailable for handling a grade complaint, the student will meet with the school director and the dean to determine the most appropriate course of action agreeable to all parties.

Copies of the CPACS Procedures for Student Grades and Suspension Appeals are available from the chair of the Committee on Academic Standards and Curriculum for the College and the Office of the Dean.

Degree Audit and Application for Degree

During the second semester of their junior year, or after completing approximately 89 hours, students should apply for an audit of their academic records to be sure that all requirements will be met before the anticipated date of graduation. Criminology and criminal justice majors may request the audit at the CPACS Office, 310 Nebraska Hall.

Criminology and criminal justice majors must also file an application for graduation at the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building, either just prior to or early in the semester they intend to graduate. Failure to meet the published deadline may delay graduation until the next semester.

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

College Admission

College Admission

Students who have been admitted to the University may apply for entrance to the College of Public Affairs and Community Service during initial registration by indicating their preference in the appropriate place on the University Application for Admission form.

Students who wish to transfer into the College from another institution or one of the schools or colleges within the University must request permission from the Dean’s Office and the department or school offering the student’s intended major. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 is required to transfer into the College.

Students who wish to readmit to the College must also have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Admission Deficiencies/Removal of Deficiencies

Students with high school admission deficiencies that have been admitted to UNL may enter the College of Public Affairs and Community Service but must remove any deficiencies according to University policy.

College Degree Requirements

Achievement-Centered Education (ACE)

All CPACS students on the Lincoln campus must fulfill the Achievement-Centered Education (ACE) requirements. The 30-hour ACE requirement will include a minimum of 3 hours of approved course work in each of the 10 designated Achievement-Centered Education (ACE) student learning outcome areas which can be viewed at http://ace.unl.edu. Students will be provided a list of courses they can select from to meet each of the 10 ACE Student Learning Outcomes.

Foreign Languages/Language Requirement

Students in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service who have completed the University of Nebraska high school admission requirement of two years in the same language will not be required to complete additional language for their degree.

Minimum Hours Required for Graduation

Each candidate must present a total of at least 120 semester hours of college credit to meet graduation requirements.

Grade Rules

C- and D Grades

A minimum grade of at least C- must be earned in all required courses within the major, unless a higher grade is designated by the department/school. Completion of a course within the major with a grade below a C- will not be considered as having fulfilled prerequisite requirements for additional courses taken in the major field of study. A higher grade may be designated by the department/school.

Pass/No Pass Limits

See individual school/department limitations regarding Pass/No Pass.

GPA Requirements

Each candidate for the degree must attain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. A minimum grade of at least C- must be earned in all required courses within the major, unless a higher grade is designated by the department/school. All grades reported by the faculty to the registrar become a part of the student’s permanent record and are included in the computation of the grade point average, even though some of these grades may be for work done in excess of the 120 hours required for graduation.

Transfer Credit Rules

The transfer of D grades in non-major courses are accepted only from within the University of Nebraska system. Students from other institutions must present a grade of C- or above for all course work.

Generally, hours earned at an accredited college are accepted by the University, however, the college will evaluate all hours submitted for transfer to determine applicability toward the degree. A maximum of 64 hours may be transferred from a two-year college and a maximum of 90 hours from a four-year institution.

Course Level Requirements (Hour Requirement 300+)

Individual departments/schools should be consulted for the minimum number of upper division hours required.

Residency

Thirty of the last 36 hours required for the degree must be registered for and carried within the University of Nebraska system.

Extended Education and Independent Study Rules

Individual schools/departments should be consulted for rules regarding extended education and independent study credit applicable to majors or minors.

Bulletin Rule

Choice of Catalog Policy

A student registering in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service for the first time may, except for limitations described below, complete work for the degree according to the requirements of 1) the catalog in effect the year the student enters CPACS, or 2) the catalog current at the time the student applies for the degree.

Students entering the College for the first time in the summer will be subject to the catalog for the academic year immediately following.

Students formerly in a CPACS program who drop out of the College for one year must complete requirements of the catalog current at the time of readmission.

Failure to complete the requirements for the degree within seven years after the date the student first enters the College will subject the student to graduation under the requirements of a later catalog to be approved by the Dean.

The College reserves the right to institute and make effective, after due notice, during the course of a student’s work toward a degree, any new ruling which may be necessary for the general good of the College and to substitute courses currently offered for those no longer offered.