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:

Required:

  • 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
Email:
wjfarrel@ius.edu

Bernadette Olson
Email:
bfolson@ius.edu

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

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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Resident

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Stephanie Albertson
Assistant Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice
stealber@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2867
Office Location: CV 200 A
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William J. Farrell
Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Coordinator of Criminology and Criminal Justice
wjfarrel@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2164
Office Location: CV 115
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Bernadette Jessie
Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
bfolson@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2098
Office Location: CV 125
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Sara Walsh
Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
smwalsh@indiana.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2296
Office Location: CV 123
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Visiting

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Heather Pruss
Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
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Adjunct

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Joe Grant
grantjs@ius.edu
Phone: (812) 941-2391
Office Location: CV 140
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Jeremy Mull
jermull@ius.edu
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Stanley Pennington
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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.

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