University General Course Catalog 2016-2017 
    Jul 14, 2024  

Criminal Justice (Criminal Justice Major), B.A. in C.J.


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 desire 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 programs. All students must complete a core of required courses which focus broadly on the criminal justice system and its components. The Criminal Justice Major particularly focuses on the criminal justice system, its components, and  administration, criminological theory, and issues of theory, diversity, myth, and ethics. The interdisciplinary Law and Justice Specialization concentrates on the context of law and justice in a heterogeneous society including coursework in law and justice theory and policy as well as practical courses in legal research and writing, and coursework in other disciplines such as philosophy.

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College of Liberal Arts Advising:

Transfer to Nevada

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access established transfer course equivalencies to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

Total Units 120
Cumulative GPA 2.0
University GPA 2.0
Major GPA 2.0
Residency Requirement 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
Major Residency Requirement 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
Upper-Division Requirement 42 Upper-Division Units
Half Program Units/4 Year Institution 60 Units


I. Silver Core General Education Requirements (24-27 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Silver Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course description.

A. Silver Core Writing and Prerequisite (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Silver Core Mathematics and Prerequisite (3 units minimum) - CO2

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO2 courses .

C. Silver Core Natural Sciences (6 units minimum) - CO4, CO4L

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO4/CO4L courses .

D. Silver Core Social Sciences (3 units) - CO6

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .

E. Silver Core Fine Art (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. Silver Core Humanities (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Silver Core Requirements (6 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Silver Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.

A. Science, Technology & Society Course - CO9

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO9 courses .

C. Global Context Course - CO11

D. Ethics Course - CO12

The following courses count in the Major Requirement:

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis Course - CO13

The following recommended courses can also be used in the Major Requirement:

F. Application Course - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (6-20 units)

Units may vary depending on initial course placement in foreign language coursework.

A. Foreign Language (0-14 units)

Successful completion of the foreign language requirement may be accomplished through one of four options:

  1. complete a fourth semester college course in a foreign language or in American Sign Language;
  2. demonstrate proficiency through placement examination or other means determined by the Department of World Languages and Literatures, including minimum CBAPE, SAT II, or IB scores;
  3. show transcript evidence of successful completion of four years of high school coursework in the same foreign language; or
  4. participate in a Studies Abroad program pre-approved by the college to meet the foreign language requirement.

B. College Breadth Requirement (6 units)

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree in the college shall be required to take, within the College of Liberal Arts, 6 credits that are outside the departments in which they major or minor, and that exclude courses taken to fulfill the Silver Core General Education requirements (Core Objectives 1 through 7).

IV. Major Requirements (39 units)

A. Major Core Requirements

B. Choose one course from each of the following groups:

V. Minor Requirements (18-21 units)

The Criminal Justice Department accepts any minor approved by the College of Liberal Arts, OR
Complete criminal justice related subjects (approved list of courses available in the department office.)

VI. Electives (7-27 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

Fall Semester (16 units)

  • Prerequisite Core English (3 units) *
  • Mathematics Course (3 units) *
  • (3 units)
  • Social Sciences Course (3 units) CO6
  • (4 units) or alternative language ***

  • NOTE(S):
    * English and Math course placement is based on test scores. Please consult the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog.
    *** While Spanish is recommended by the department for the College of Liberal Arts language requirement (0-14 units), students may select any language.

Spring Semester (16-17 units)

B. Second Year

Fall Semester (15-16 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

  • CRJ Group II (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • CRJ (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • Related Subject or minor (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • College Breadth Requirement (3 units)
  • General Elective (300-400 level) (3 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

  • CRJ Group III (300-400) (3 units)
  • (3 units)
  • Related Subject or minor (300-400 level) (3 units)
  • Capstone Integration & Synthesis (3 units) CO13
  • General Elective (3 units)

Spring Semester (11-13 units)