Majors, minors + certificates

Certificate in Criminal Justice (CJUSACRT)Department of Criminal Justice

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements.


Students who complete departmental requirements for a major in criminal justice and earn either a B.S. or B.F.A. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences or a bachelor's degree from another Indiana University Bloomington school are eligible for the certificate.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requires at least 30 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory course. One (1) course:
  2. Theories of Crime and Deviance. One (1) course:
  3. The Nature of Inquiry. One (1) course:
  4. Law and Social Science. One (1) course:
  5. Statistics*. One (1) course:
  6. Advanced Criminal Justice Electives. Five (5) courses—two (2) of which must at the 400–499 level—from the Advanced Criminal Justice Electives list.
  7. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to certificate requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.


  • * Students pursuing the certificate may substitute a course in statistical methods from another department of the College of Arts and Sciences, but in that case no course from the list of Optional Courses Approved for the Major and Certificate may count toward the certificate. Students who are interested in pursuing this option (i.e., an alternative statistics course) must first verify its eligibility with an academic advisor in the Department of Criminal Justice.