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
Advisor: Karen Fulton
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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

ADVISOR: Karen Fulton

DESCRIPTION

Director: Gaylene Armstrong

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

Faculty: Anderson, Armstrong, G., Armstrong, T., Batton, Brennan, Clinkinbeard, Crank, Eskridge, Han, Hobbs, Hoffman, Jacobs (emeriti), Kadleck, Marshall, Meier, Sample, 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 in corrections, courts and law, juvenile services, law enforcement, private security and victim services. The school curriculum is composed of a broad range of ideas and interests and includes courses in corrections, courts, criminology, diversity, deviant behavior and violence, juvenile delinquency, law, law enforcement, research methods and various special topics. Through the internship program, students can obtain valuable 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 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.

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. A course used to remove a high school deficiency may also apply toward a degree in the College.

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, which includes the following prerequisite courses, prior to enrolling in upper division (300/400 level) criminology and criminal justice courses. A minimum grade of C- is required in criminology and criminal justice courses.

CRIM 101 (3 hrs)

CRIM 251 (3 hrs)

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

ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 251, ENGL 252, ENGL 254 (6 hrs)

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

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

Upper Division Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRCJ)

Students seeking entrance into the upper division criminology and criminal justice program (CRCJ) 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 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.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice (BSCCJ)

Core Requirements

A. English Composition (9 hours). Select 3-6 hours from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151 (fulfills ACE 1 requirement). At least 3 credit hours must be in courses 200 level or higher selected from: ENGL 251, ENGL 252, ENGL 254 or ENGL 354. Acceptable alternatives must be approved by the student’s advisor.

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, CYAF 285 —see advisor 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 101, 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 or CRCJ minor, 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 advisors. 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 advisor.

Electives

Elective Requirements (15 semester hours)

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

The 120 credit hours required for the bachelor of science in criminology and criminal justice must include:

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 will 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 willbe 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.

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Achievement-Centered Education (ACE)

Criminology and criminal justice students on the UNL 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.

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.

Other Restrictions/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).

Independent Study and 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 (with the exception of CRIM 397 and CRIM 496). In addition, all 9 credit hours of upper division CRCJ course work must be taken in residence at the University of Nebraska.

COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS

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.

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.

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.

Graduation Requirements

Degree Audit and Application for Degree

Students are expected to develop a clear understanding of degree requirements and to plan their course of study with a College advisor. Students requiring clarification of outstanding degree requirements should visit with a College advisor promptly.

Students should access their Degree Audit via MyRed at least once each term to review degree requirements and progress toward graduation. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure their Degree Audit accurately reflects their current College and program of study.

Students who believe their Degree Audit has errors or omissions should visit with a College advisor promptly. It is important that you resolve these matters as soon as practicable to avoid a delay in graduation.

Each student with MyRED access must submit an online Application for Graduation via MyRED for each degree to be received by:

  • The last Friday in January for May graduation
  • The last Friday in June for August graduation
  • The last Friday in September for December graduation

Students submitting an electronic Application for Graduation via MyRed will be billed a $25.00 per degree fee on their student account. Those students without MyRED access may apply for graduation in person at the Office of the University Registrar, 107 Canfield Administration Building or by mail. Applications for Graduation submitted in person or by mail must be accompanied by a check or money order in the amount of $25.00 payable to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Failure to submit a timely Application for Graduation may preclude the awarding of a degree in the intended term.

Your Application for Graduation and required $25.00 fee are good only for the term marked on your application. Neither your application nor your fee are transferrable to another term. If you submit an Application for Graduation and pay the $25.00 fee for a specified term but do not complete your degree requirements in that term, you will need to reapply to graduate in a future term and incur another $25.00 fee.

Commencement ceremony information will be emailed to all degree applicants approximately one month before graduation. Each student who has applied for graduation must submit an online Commencement Attendance Form via MyRED, which will be available when the informational email is distributed.

Only those students who have applied for graduation, had the application accepted, and fulfilled all degree requirements as of the last day of the academic term may participate in the commencement ceremony for that term. Because the University of Nebraska–Lincoln has a commencement for each term, ceremony participation is allowed only in the term during which the student has properly and timely applied for graduation and fulfilled degree requirements.