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Department of Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Students on Summer 2024, Fall 2024, or Spring 2025 requirements CJUSBA


The major requires at least 30 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Course. One (1) course:
    • CJUS-P 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  2. Theories of Crime and Deviance. One (1) course:
    • CJUS-P 200 Theories of Crime and Deviance
  3. The Nature of Inquiry. One (1) course:
    • CJUS-P 290 The Nature of Inquiry
  4. Statistics. One (1) course:
    • CJUS-K 300 Techniques of Data Analysis
    • ANTH-A 306 Anthropological Statistics
    • ECON-E 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics
    • ECON-E 371 Introduction to Applied Econometrics
    • ECON-S 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics: Honors
    • ECON-S 371 Introduction to Applied Econometrics: Honors
    • MATH-M 365 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    • POLS-Y 395 Quantitative Political Analysis
    • PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques
    • PSY-K 310 Statistical Techniques
    • SOC-S 371 Statistics in Sociology
    • STAT-K 310 Statistical Techniques
    • STAT-S 300 Introduction to Applied Statistical Methods
    • STAT-S 301 Applied Statistical Methods for Business
    • STAT-S 303 Applied Statistical Methods for the Life Sciences
  5. Criminal Justice Electives. Four (4) courses:
    • CJUS-P 245 Social Justice and the Justice System
    • Any CJUS-P 300–399
    • Any CJUS-P 400–499
    • Any CJUS-X 300–399
    • Any CJUS-X 400–499
  6. 400–499 Level Electives. Two (2) additional courses:
    • Any CJUS-P 400–499 except CJUS-P 481
    • Any CJUS-X 400–499
  7. CJUS Residency. At least 27 credit hours must be taken within the Department of Criminal Justice.
  8. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Major Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    3. Major Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    5. College Breadth. At least 58 credit hours must be completed in courses from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines outside of the major area.

Major Area Courses
  • Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

    • Any course at the 100–499 level with the CJUS subject area prefix—as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
    • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
    • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

The following courses cannot be applied toward major requirements or the College Breadth requirement:

  • CJUS-P 150 Introductory Topics in Criminal Justice

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Certificate in Criminal Justice (CJUSACRT)
  • Minor in Criminal Justice (CJUSMIN)
  • [Name unavailable] (CJUSTSBA)

Exceptions to and substitutions for major requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.