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Criminal Justice Major



The Majors and Minors section of the academic catalog explains graduation requirements. You can also read more about courses in the Undergraduate Course Listings section of the academic catalog.

Degree Plans

Sample degree plans provide a glimpse of what your schedule may look like as you complete this program.

Below are some of the courses offered for the Criminal Justice Major.

Courses Credits  
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology 3 Info

A basic course introducing the student to the concepts, theories, and methods employed in an objective scientific analysis of society, culture, social institutions and organizations, social control, deviancy, and social factors involved in personality development.

CRJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 Info

An advanced survey course focusing on the description and interrelationships of the many agencies and institutions which comprise criminal justice; e.g., justice systems, law enforcement, corrections, etc. Agencies and institutions will be studied in their historical and social contexts, and will be further examined by way of major theories and models of criminal justice. The various professional implications of criminal justice will be examined. Cross listed with SOC 203.

SOCI 202 Statistics 3 Info

A study of basic concepts and operations in descriptive and inferential statistics. The areas of study will include graphic representations, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability theory, and various significant tests of relationship, including measures of association, correlation, linear relationship, and means tests. This course includes an introduction to multivariate statistics and non-parametrics. Cross listed with PSY 202. Meets Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

SOC 210 Reasearch Methods 3 Info

A study of problem formulation, data collection, data analysis including descriptive and inferential statistical techniques, and research report writing. Includes two or more applied projects, usually in collaboration with the entire class or with a group, and the development of a publication ready research paper.

CRJ 270 Law Enforcement 3 Info

It is the goal of this course to develop a greater understanding of the complexities of the law enforcement function-its intricacies and diversity. This will be done through a thoughtful consideration of the structure and functions of law enforcement and through exploring the topics of police and police functions.

CRJ 271 Professional Seminar I 1 Info

This course provides students with a seminar experience (typically a one-day retreat), and a small number of class sessions with individual appointments with the instructor, for the purpose of helping the student create the foundation for a successful professional future. Requirements include the completion of an updated resume, two professional interviews, attendance at a professional conference, service hours, and a student success plan, all included in a well-organized portfolio. Ideally this course should be taken during the fall semester of the sophomore or junior year. Cross listed with SOC 271 and SWK 271.

CRJ 275 Corrections 3 Info

This class will introduce students to a critical study of corrections-the institutionalized system through which society incarcerates or otherwise punishes and supervises individuals identified as criminals. The course will consider the correctional system, with particular attention to the social forces that shape and are shaped by corrections. The course will focus on models and trends in corrections with application for both understanding society and preparation for practice.

CRJA 302 Crime and Social Deviancy 3 Info

A social and social psychological approach to the study of disvalued persons and behavior. Theoretical approaches to causes and control of deviant behavior are studied with a major emphasis placed on crime and criminals.

SOC 304 Social Psychology 3 Info

The study of social and psychological factors involved in motivation attitude formation, organization and change, the development of value systems and group norms, as evidenced in the process of interaction between the individual and the group.

CRJ 351 Juvenile Delinquency 3 Info

A course designed to investigate delinquency, including juvenile deviancy and juvenile crime. Applicable theories and models of delinquency will be investigated, as will social construction of delinquency. The course is appropriate for students focusing on criminal justice generally, as well as social work. Professional implications will also be examined. Cross listed with SOC 351 and SWK 351.

CRJ 371 Professional Seminar II 1 Info

This course begins with requirements similar to those in CRJ 271, but assignments are at a higher stage of development. Additionally, each student is required to produce one of two professional products. One option would be to write an academic paper which will be submitted to a journal or professional organization, and the other would be to complete an applied leadership project which demonstrates significant and innovative leadership with a campus or community organization, including the implementation and presentation of a successful applied idea, innovation, or intervention, tailor-made to that organization. Typically taken during the fall semester of the junior or senior year. Cross listed with SOC 371 and SWK 371.

SOC 380 Social Theory 3 (WI) Info

The development of major schools of social thought, major social theorists and their distinctive contributions to the understanding of society, culture, and modernity, are considered and analyzed. Requires three or four major papers which focus, respectively, on social philosophers of antiquity, the major founders of sociological theory, modern social theories and theoretical trends, and everyday applications of social theory. Also covers how to write a "literature review" for a research paper. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement.

CRJ 390 Individual Readings 1-3 Info

Selected readings in an area not covered by course offerings, often in the general topic area of the chosen senior project. Annotated bibliography, reading notes, and a comprehensive research are paper required. Cross listed with SOC 390 and SWK 390.

CRJ 405 Practicum Variable Info

Each student must successfully complete one or more practicum experiences, totaling 6-8 hours of academic credit, where 40 clock hours on location equals on hour of credit. Ideally, each practicum should be based a a criminal justice affiliated agency (court, probation office, correctional facility, local police station or sheriff's department, etc.), which specialized in some aspect of the criminal justice system. Ideally, an on-site supervisor with an appropriate degree or license will supervise the student's practicum.

CRJ 471 Professional Seminar III 2 Info

This course provides students with a capstone experience in the department, and links all academic and extra-curricular experiences at Greenville College with the students' occupational and service-oriented future. Requirements include updating the academic portfolio, including academic resumes, and completion of an oral exam and research-based senior project. The senior project includes a paper and a publicized oral report. Must be completed during the spring semester of the senior year. Cross listed with SOC 371 and SWK 371.

CRJ 489 Departmental Honors Research 0-2 Info
No Description Available.

Career Opportunities

  • Police Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Detective