Why Study Criminal Justice at IU Southeast?

A major in criminal justice provides an excellent liberal arts background for a wide variety of career fields. Career opportunities in criminal justice include police agencies, prosecutors, defense attorneys, courts, and correctional agencies.

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This program provides you with a general understanding of the nature of crime and includes an analysis of the entire criminal justice system and its relationship with other institutions in society. Through this program, you will develop problem-solving abilities and organizational skills to face problems confronting our society such as community and police relations, urban crime, and issues involving correctional facilities.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is designed to study the origins, nature, and causes of norm violating behavior as well as societal reactions to this behavior. The study of criminal justice begins with a study of the entire criminal justice system and its interrelation with society. Advanced study inquires into the political, organizational, social, and behavioral aspects of various components of the criminal justice system. Research courses give students the tools to analyze criminal justice and the skills important for career development. Legal courses provide an awareness of the values of due process and the limits of government power in a democratic society.

Criminal justice is multidisciplinary, drawing on broad fields of knowledge, including law, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences. Indiana University Southeast offers a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Social Sciences and Indiana University School for Public and Environmental Affairs.

A major in criminal justice provides an excellent liberal arts background for a wide variety of career fields. Career opportunities in criminal justice include police agencies, prosecutors, defense attorneys, courts, and correctional agencies. Other specialized roles in criminal justice include juvenile probation officers, volunteer administrators, criminologists, forensic scientists, forensic psychologists, medical examiners, and policy analysts. Many criminal justice majors choose to continue their education in law school or graduate school.

Special Features

As a Criminal Justice student, you will have the opportunity to experience small class sizes with experienced faculty members. Class projects and internship opportunities will also enable you to observe the criminal justice system in action.

Sample Degree Checksheet

Here is a sample degree checksheet for a Bachelor of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice.

Requirements for Bachelor of Science Degree

Download a degree check sheet: Bachelor of Science in Criminology Criminal Justice (beginning Fall 2012)

In addition to the IU Southeast General Education requirements, the student must take the following requirements:

  1. Choose one of the following sequences:
    • SOC-S250 and SOC S251
    • PSY P250 and PSY P251
    • CSCI C106 and MATH K300 or ECON E280
  2. Choose seven courses from the following:
    • HIST H105
    • HIST H106
    • HIST A356
    • JOUR C200
    • POLS Y107
    • POLS Y302
    • POLS Y303
    • POLS Y304
    • POLS Y305
    • POLS Y308
    • POLS Y402
    • POLS Y403
    • POLS Y404
    • POLS Y471
    • PSY P220
    • PSY P319
    • PSY P320
    • PSY P316
    • PSY P322
    • PSY P324
    • PSY P425
    • PSY B310
    • SOC S216
    • SOC S320
    • SOC S335
    • SOC S463
    • SOC S481
  3. Criminal Justice Core (take all)
    • CJUS P100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • CJUS P200 Theories of Crime and Deviance
    • CJUS P295 Criminal Justice Data, Methods and Resources
    • CJUS P470 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice
  4. Choose three of the following Criminal Justice courses:
    • CJUS P301 Police and Contemporary Society
    • CJUS P302 Courts and Criminal Justice
    • CJUS P303 Corrections and Criminal Justice
    • CJUS P374 Substantive Criminal Law
    • CJUS P375 The American Juvenile Justice System
    • CJUS P376 Procedural Criminal Law
  5. Choose any four additional Criminal Justice courses.
  6. Must have a minimum of 30 hours at the 300 or 400 level.
  7. Variable number of electives to complete 120 hours.

Requirements for Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice - 15 credit hours, including the following:


  • CJUS-P 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr.)

One of the following:

  • CJUS-P 200 Theories of Crime and Deviance (3 cr.)
  • CJUS-P 374 Substantive Criminal Law (3 cr.)

Three of the following:

  • CJUS-P 200 Theories of Crime and Deviance (3 cr.)
  • CJUS-P 374 Substantive Criminal Law (3 cr.) OR CJUS-P 376 Procedural Criminal Law (3 cr.)
  • CJUS-P 301 Police in Contemporary Society (3 cr.)
  • CJUS-P 302 Courts and Criminal Justice (3 cr.)
  • CJUS-P 303 Corrections and Criminal Justice (3 cr.)

Total number of hours required for the minor is 15. Note that P200 and P374 can count in only one of the above categories.

Freshmen and Sophomores

Freshmen and Sophomores (up to 60 credit hours) and First Semester Transfer Students will be advised by:

Dana Gohmann
Academic Advisor
School of Social Sciences
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office: Crestview 137
Email: dgohmann@ius.edu

Misti Whitaker
Academic Advisor
School of Social Sciences
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office: Crestview 135
Email: mdwhitak@ius.edu

Please call the main Social Sciences office at (812) 941-2391 for an appointment.

Juniors and Seniors

Juniors and Seniors (over 60 credit hours) will be advised by one of the criminal justice faculty. Advising appointments will be taken through email only. Secretaries will not make advising appointments.

Please come to the advising session with a completed check sheet and a written copy of your tentative schedule for next semester.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Check Sheet

William Farrell

Bernadette Olson

If you haven't been assigned an advisor, contact Dana Gohmann or Misti Whitaker.

CJUS-P100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3cr.)
P:Freshman or sophomore standing. Historical and philosophical background, structure, functions, and operations of the criminal justice system in the United States; introduction to and principles of formal behavior control devices.

CJUS-P200 Theories of Crime and Deviance (3cr.)
Critical examination of biological, psychological, and sociological theories of crime and deviance. Examination of individual, group, and societal reactions to norm-violating behaviors.

CJUS-P250 Issues in Criminal Justice (3cr.)
Thorough review and analysis of issues currently facing the criminal justice system. Topics vary each semester. Repeatable with different topics for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

CJUS-P295 Criminal Justice Data, Methods, and Resources (3cr.)
This course examines basic concepts of criminal justice. Students become familiar with research techniques necessary for systematic analysis of the criminal justice system, offender behavior, crime trends, and program effectiveness. Students will learn to critically evaluate existing research. Students will become familiar with existing sources of criminal justice data and will learn to assess the quality of that data.

CJUS-P301 Police and Contemporary Society (3cr.)
Examination of the rules and responsibilities of the police, history of police organizations, relations between police and society, and determinations of police action.

CJUS-P302 Courts and Criminal Justice (3cr.)
Structure, organization, composition, functions, and procedures of courts in the United States. Role of lawyers and judges in the criminal justice system.

CJUS-P303 Corrections and Criminal Justice (3cr.)
Historical and comparative e-survey of prison confinement and the various alternatives within the scope of the criminal justice system’s policies and methods of implementation.

CJUS-P325 Principles of Forensic Investigation (3cr.)
This course focuses on how a criminal offender is influenced by a variety of factors within the psychosocial environment. The class will examine the legal arenas and investigate procedures involved in dealing effectively with the system's most serious and chronic offenders.

CJUS-P335 Race, Gender, and Inequality in the Criminal Justice System (3cr.)
This course is designed to examine the influence of gendered and race relations impacts on crime and justice.

CJUS-P345 Terrorism (3cr.)
A survey of the incidence of terror with particular emphasis on public policy responses designed to combat terrorism. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the criminal justic system in combating domestic and foreign terrorism.

CJUS-P372 Evidence (3cr.)
P:CJUS-P 100. The rules of law governing proof at a trial of disputed issues of fact, burden of proof presumption and judicial notice; examination, impeachment, competency, and privileges of witnesses; hearsay rule and exception—all related as nearly as possible to criminal as opposed to civil process.

CJUS-P373 Correctional Law (3cr.)
P:CJUS-P 100. Legal problems from conviction to release; pre-sentence investigations, sentencing, probation and parole, incarceration, loss and restoration of civil rights.

CJUS-P374 Substantive Criminal Law (3cr.)
The development, limitations, and application of substantive criminal law utilizing the case study method.

CJUS-P376 Procedural Criminal Law (3cr.)
P:CJUS-P 100. Criminal law application and procedure from the initiation of notice activity through the correctional process, utilizing the case-study method.

CJUS-P399 Readings for Honors (1-6cr.)
P:Approval of departmental honors advisor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours.

CJUS-P457 Seminar on White-Collar Crime (3cr.)
The nature and incidence of white-collar crime. In addition to studying the etiological theories relating to white-collar crime, the course will also focus on both the criminal and civil (regulatory) process used to control corporate, organizational, and elite misconduct.

CJUS-P470 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (3cr.)
P:Senior standing. A detailed examination of the major efforts designed to control or reduce crime, a review of existing knowledge is followed by an investigation of current crime control theories, proposals and programs.

CJUS-P471 Comparative Study of Criminal Justic Systems (3cr.)
Comparison of the American criminal justice system with those of other federated nations and of selected unitary states.

Career opportunities include:

  • law enforcement officers
  • crime investigators
  • forensics workers
  • correctional officers
  • probation and parole officers
  • community corrections specialists

Other specialized roles include:

  • juvenile probation officers
  • criminologists
  • forensic scientists
  • medical examiners
  • policy analysts

Criminal Justice also prepares you for law school, which would lead you to a career as:

  • a criminal prosecutor
  • public defender
  • judge

Recommended Readings

  1. Harr, J. S., & Hess, K. M. (2010). Careers in criminal justice and related fields: From internship to promotion. Australia: Wadsworth Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 978-0495600329
  2. Peat, B. (2004). From college to career: A guide for criminal justice majors. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN-13: 978-0205338382
  3. Stephens, W. R. (1999). Careers in criminal justice. Boston: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN-13: 978-0205321537
  4. UNCW Criminology Career Center (website)

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Stephanie Albertson
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William J. Farrell
Professor of Criminal Justice
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Sara Walsh
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Joe Grant
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Criminal Justice Honors Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the Criminal Justice Honors Program requires the following:

  • The student must be a criminal justice major with junior standing
  • The student must have at least a 3.5 GPA in all courses and at least a 3.5 GPA in criminal justice courses
  • The student must have completed 15 hours of criminal justice courses including P100, P200 and P295, each with a C or better

Honors Program Requirements

In addition to meeting the requirements for the criminal justice major, the honors student must complete:

  • CJUS-P495 (one hour) taken in conjunction with three advanced criminal justice courses
  • CJUS-P495 (one hour) taken in conjunction with CJUS-P470
  • Honors students must maintain the 3.5 GPA in all courses and the 3.5 GPA in criminal justice courses

While the Honors tracks in the School of Social Sciences are not officially linked with the IU Southeast Honors Program, students in the campus Honors Program may be able to use some departmental honors classes to satisfy certain campus Honors Program requirements. See the Director of the Honors Program or visit the Honors program website for more information.

Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship

The Indiana Sheriffs' Association Scholarship Fund was established for the purpose of receiving, investing and dispensing of funds to provide college scholarships to qualified students who are committed to pursuing an education and career in the law enforcement field.

IU Southeast Alumni Association

The IU Southeast Alumni Association will award a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each of the University's six schools or divisions. In addition, the Association will once again provide four student athletes with a $1,000 scholarship - an annual gift award by the Association.  For additional information and application, please contact Diane at 941-2384 or defuchs@ius.edu. Scholarship application deadline is February 15.