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Students who receive a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice complete a social science degree preparing them for justice-related careers, graduate study, and law school. The Criminal Justice degree is recommended for students who seek an understanding of the criminal justice system, law, and justice. The degree is not intended to serve as a professional training program; rather it is an academically centered major that focuses on the legal, ethical, administrative, and behavioral aspects of the justice system and its various parts. The degree has two options or majors. All students must complete a core of required courses. For the Criminal Justice major, students may focus broadly on the criminal justice system and its components. In the interdisciplinary Law and Justice major, students concentrate on the context of law in a heterogeneous society including coursework in other disciplines.
At least 15 credits of required criminal justice courses must be completed at the University of Nevada, Reno. A minimum grade-point average of 2.5 is required for admission to and transfer into the criminal justice department. In addition, criminal justice students must maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA on all university course work in order to continue in and graduate from the criminal justice department.