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Criminology and Criminal Justice

School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology and Criminal Justice Major (B.A.)

Program objectives for a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice are: (a) exhibit an understanding of the important functions, organization, and fundamental concepts of the operation of the criminal justice system (police, law/courts, corrections) in a democratic society; (b) acquire knowledge of the development of the components of the criminal justice system from an historical and cross-cultural perspective; (c) know the major theorists and theoretical orientations that help explain criminal behavior; (d) be able to understand, analyze, and critically evaluate basic research and data relevant to crime and the criminal justice system; (e) demonstrate an ability to formulate a thesis and to gather and critically assess information appropriate to a topic under study; (f) have the ability to effectively communicate both in written and oral form; (g) have an understanding of career and educational options that a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice provides

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements.

B. College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (12-16 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements.

C. The Major (36 hours)

Completion of 36 semester hours of criminology and criminal justice including CJUS 1100, either 2226, or 2326 or 2426, 3130, 3540 and 4110, plus 21 additional hours in criminology and criminal justice, of which at least 15 hours must be at the upper-division level. Students will be allowed no more than 6 hours of credit toward the degree in non-classroom courses such as internships and individual directed studies.

D. Electives

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

E. Honors Program

Majors who have completed at least 55 hours of coursework (with at least 9 hours in Criminology & Criminal Justice) and have a 3.25 or higher departmental and overall grade point average are invited to apply for admissions to the department's honors program. Students who are admitted must complete 15 hours of honors coursework in the Department, with at least 9 hours being upper-division criminal justice courses. Honor students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.25. Students who complete the program and the regular college requirement will be recognized at the commencement ceremony by having their degrees conferred “With Honors in Criminology and Criminal Justice.” The student's diploma and the official record at The University of Memphis will also reflect this accomplishment.

Criminology and Criminal Justice Minor

Completion of 18 hours in criminal justice courses including CJUS 1100, either 2226 or 2326 or 2426 and 3130 and 3540, and 6additional upper-division hours in Criminology and Criminal Justice courses.

Typical 4-Year Criminology and Criminal Justice Sequence

Freshman Year

CJUS 1100


Nat. Sci./Math/B.A.


ENGL 1010


ENGL 1020




CJUS 2226, 2326, or 2426


Foreign Language/B.A.


Foreign Language/B.A.




Social/Behavioral Science*


Semester Totals

15-16 hrs


15-16 hrs

Sophomore Year

ENGL 2201 or 2202


Social/Behavioral Science*


CJUS LD elective






Natural Science*


Natural Science*


Fine Arts*




CJUS 3130


Semester Totals 16 hrs Semester Totals 16 hrs

Junior Year

History* 3 UD Humanities/B.A. 3
Elective 3 CJUS UD elective 3
CJUS 3540 3 UD elective outside major 3
CJUS UD elective 3 Elective 3
COMM 2381 3 CJUS UD elective 3
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

CJUS UD elective 3 CJUS UD elective 3
CJUS elective 3 UD elective 3
UD elective outside major 3 CJUS 4110 3
UD elective outside major 3 Elective outside major 4
UD elective outside major 3    
Semester Totals 15 hrs   13 hrs
Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement