Criminal Justice Major
The criminal justice system needs employees who
care about the individuals who are entrusted to their care.
Criminal Justice program provides a basic educational background that is
designed to prepare students for careers in the various areas of criminal
justice including law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole,
private security, chaplaincy, courts, and research. Theoretical and
practical emphases are integrated into the major.
The SBU Advantage
- Broad-based curriculum prepares students for any area in
- Key focus on criminal law and enforcement, which
helps for law school and Highway Patrol.
- Strong Major Field Test
A Criminal Justice degree is a
Bachelor of Science. Individuals who have received certification upon
completion of the 470 hour or equivalent training programs of the
police/sheriff's academies and who subsequently enroll in this program at
SBU will be granted 14 hours of transfer credit.
A minor is available
in Criminal Justice or Military Science. Most of the Military Science course
requirements are provided at Missouri State University in Springfield, so
registration also must be coordinated with the MSU Department of Military
Sciences in addition to registration at SBU.
The Behavioral Science Club provides for the unity of
those interested in all of the behavioral sciences.
Internships are elective options and are worked out between
the student and the placement site. Contact the department chair if
Our graduates are working for
police departments, the Highway Patrol, the FBI and federal prisons and have
gone on to law school.
- CRJ 2313 Introduction to Criminal Justice
- An analysis of the criminal justice system in the United States.
An examination of crime and nature of law, aspects of criminal law
and procedure, the courts and adjudication, the process of justice,
and law enforcement.
- CRJ 2333 Judicial Process
- An overview of major structures and processes which underlie the
American judicial system, focusing on history and development of
prosecution, defense, judge and jury practices at both the state and
- CRJ 3313 Law Enforcement Organization and Administration
- An examination of the organization and administration of police
departments and the role of law enforcement in relationship to the
community and established political structure.
- CRJ 3373 Juvenile Delinquency
- An overview of the problem of juvenile delinquency and how it
relates to society as a whole. Causation, prevention, control, and
treatment will be examined.
- CRJ 4313 Corrections in America
- A systematic examination of the penal system and insight into
its daily operations. Various theories of corrections will be
- CRJ 4333 Criminal Law
- An overview of the general laws and crimes which effect law
enforcement. Elements which are required to constitute a crime will
- CRJ 4373 Police Methods and Procedures
- Examination of law enforcement subjects including laws of search
and seizure, laws of arrest, arrest procedures, criminal
investigations, courtroom demeanor, rules of evidence, and patrol
- PSY 3033 Abnormal Psychology
- Major psychoses, psychoneuroses, sexual adjustment and an
analysis of childhood background which leads to mental breakdowns,
phobias, compulsions and hysteria.
- SOC 3073 Social Psychology
- Social behavior of individuals and the major processes of social
interaction, social influence, group structure, the individual and
the system and socialization.
- SOC 4033 Criminology
- A study of sociological theories of crime and delinquency, of
crime control including punishment and treatment, and of practices
and organizations of police, courts, probation and parole
departments and prisons.
Six hours of electives from the following:
- POL 4563 The Supreme Court and Constitutional Development
- Focuses on landmark Supreme Court decisions and judicial
interpretations of the U.S. Constitution from the 1790's until the
present; topics addressed include origins of the Constitution,
powers of the three branches, separation of power, regulation of
commerce and individual rights based on the Bill of Rights.
- PSY/SOC 3243 Elementary Statistics
- Measurement, averages, variability percentile rank, normal
curve, correlation, chi-square and probability related to the
- PSY 4093 Behavior Modification
- A course oriented to the rationale and theoretical basis of
behavior modification and its clinical use in a clinical therapy
- PSY/SOC 4233 Research Design and Methods
- Intensive analysis of experimental designs and methods of
research including measurement issues, ethical considerations,
sampling techniques, data-gathering techniques, data analysis and
interpretation, presentations and reporting of results.
- SOC 2003 Social Problems
- Study of current social problems of American and world
societies. Focus is on the description, causation and solution of
- SOC 3033 Family Violence
- This course examines the issues of violence in the family and
the various implications in both treatment and society’s response.
Applications of the law in the State of Missouri will also be
- SOC 3063 Community Sociology
- This course examines the development of the community and
community-based problem solving. Included is a study of the changing
rural, urban, and global structures, organizations, services, and
- SOC 4043 Minorities
- Provides an overview of majority/minority relations within the
United States, including an in-depth examination of current social
problems facing America's racial and ethnic minorities.
- SOC 4333 Child Abuse and Neglect
- A study of child abuse and neglect with consideration given to
causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention. A special section is
included dealing with the treatment of adult survivors of child
- SOC 4373 Being Human and Addicted
- A study of the effects of drugs on the human being, issues of
physiology, psychology, sociology and religion will be addressed as
they relate to chemical dependency. An overview of treatment methods
and therapy will be included.
- CRJ 3033 Serial Killers
- A topical study of the factors common to serial murders,
emphasizing the distinctions between myth and fact, the
psychological profiles of such murderers, and the impact of such
crimes on victims and society.
- CRJ 295(1-3) Special Topics
- A study of critical issues in criminal justice that are not
covered in other course offerings. Areas of study will vary from
year to year.
- CRJ 495(1-3) Intensive Studies
- A study of critical issues in the field of criminal justice that
are not covered in other course offerings. Areas of study will vary
from year to year.