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Department of Criminal Justice

Departmental Honors

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements CJUS-HON

The department offers outstanding students the opportunity to pursue important issues and problems in depth and to work closely with faculty in the departmental honors program. Students who have completed CJUS-P 100, CJUS-P 200, CJUS-P 290, CJUS-P 314 and CJUS-K 300, and who have a College of Arts and Sciences grade point average of at least 3.300, may be admitted to the honors program in their junior year.


For graduation with a B.A. with honors in criminal justice, students must:

  1. Earn a GPA of 3.300 or higher in the major upon graduation.
  2. Complete CJUS-P 399 Reading for Honors. In CJUS-P 399 the student will do exploratory reading in an area of interest, select and develop a research topic, and write a prospectus for the honors thesis.
  3. Write and present an undergraduate honors thesis under the direction of a faculty advisor. The thesis must be read and approved by a three-person faculty committee. A maximum of 6 hours of credit may be earned for the honors thesis by registering for CJUS-P 499.
  4. Complete all other requirements for a major in criminal justice.

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • Students must have a College GPA of 3.300 or higher to qualify for admission to a Departmental Honors program and to receive Departmental Honors. Units may set a higher College GPA.
  • Units establish additional criteria, including admissions procedures, academic performance standards, and whether there are required courses, papers, or projects.
  • Students who wish to earn honors in two different units must complete a distinct body of work for each honors notation.