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Criminal Justice Major BA

The baccalaureate of arts (BA) in criminal justice provides students with a broad analysis of the functions and operation of the criminal justice system as well as an examination of the relationship between law and society. An emphasis is placed on the interrelatedness of the components of the system including law enforcement, juvenile justice, court services (probation and parole), courts and corrections. To earn a BA with a major in criminal justice, students must complete the minimum bachelor's degree requirements (120 credits) including general education, liberal studies and criminal justice course work. All major courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Acceptance to the Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Criminal Justice major, students must submit a School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the following is completed:

  • 30 credits
  • GELS/MNTC writing requirements
  • Cumulative Metropolitan State GPA of 2.25
  • SLC Pre-major Advising Workshop (PAW)

All criminal justice pre-majors should work closely with an advisor from the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (SLC).

Credit and Residency Requirements

All Metropolitan State University students must complete at least 30 credits in residency at Metropolitan State. All criminal justice students must complete 24 major credits at Metropolitan State University which can be applied toward the 30 credit university residency requirement.

Criminal Justice Major (49 credits total)

Required Core Courses (37 credits)

* CJS 101 and CJS 200 are prerequisites for all core CJS and LAWE courses.
+ CJS 320, CJS 360, CJS 375 and CJS 483 are prerequisites for CJS 490.
= CJS 490 should be completed the student's last semester.

Directed Electives (12 credits)

Criminal justice majors must select 12 elective credits (9 of the 12 credits must be upper-division, 4 course minimum) of criminal justice or law enforcement courses listed below. CJS 101 and CJS 200 or instructor consent are prerequisites for CJS and LAWE directed elective courses. Students double majoring in law enforcement and criminal justice may not use required core law enforcement courses as directed electives. LAWE 104 is not accepted as a directed elective.

Any non-core law enforcement class is also included.




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