Criminal Justice, B.A./B.S.

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The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida provides excellence in teaching, research and service. Dedicated to its students, the faculty delivers outstanding instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, incorporating learning, service and inquiry. The Criminal Justice undergraduate program provides a comprehensive core course structure, combined with a rich variety of upper-division electives to provide an excellent knowledge base in the field of Criminal Justice.

The curriculum is designed (1) to prepare graduates for positions in the field of criminal justice in local, county, state and federal justice agencies, private security organizations, and related fields; and (2) to prepare students for graduate work in criminal justice or related disciplines. Students should plan their major or minor in consultation with an advisor.

Degree Requirements

Detailed information available in the UCF Undergraduate Catalog. Courses designated in the General Education Program are generally taken during the first 60 hours of study. Information provided herein relates to completing your Criminal Justice degree online.

The difference between the B.A. degree and the B.S. degree is that students who select the B.A. option must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to 1 year at the college level. High school language will fulfill the B.S. language requirement. Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog. Departmental residency requirement consists of at least 36 semester hours of regularly scheduled courses taken from the UCF Department of Criminal Justice. Beyond the General Education requirements, students are required to complete a 30-hour Criminal Justice Core; 21 hours of upper-division CJ Electives; and 9 hours of Supportive Course Work.

Optional internships are permitted. Six hours of internship credits may apply toward the upper division electives. Internships must be selected in consultation with the departmental internship coordinator and must be approved in advance prior to registration for internship credits. Internships may not be allowed in some states. Contact the program advisor for current restrictions.

Core Requirements: 30 Credit Hours – Required of all students

    CJE 3001: Careers in Criminal Justice
    CCJ 3014: Crime in America
    CCJ 3024: Criminal Justice Systems
    CJE 4014: Police and Society
    CJL 3510: Prosecution and Adjudication
    CJC 3010: Corrections and Penology
    CCJ 4701: Research Methods in Criminal Justice
    CCJ 4746: Data Analysis for Criminal Justice (PR: CCJ 4701)
    CCJ 4054: Capstone: Criminal Justice Ethics

Restricted Electives: 21 Credit Hours

Supportive Course Work: 12 Credit Hours

or any completed minor will satisfy supportive course work requirements.

Online Courses:

Some elective choices and courses that are not in the major may not be offered online. Please check courses in your chosen minor and/or the supportive course work listing to ensure you are selecting courses that are available to the online student. Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. More information is available here is available here.

Departmental Requirements:

Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major and maintain a grade of C or better in each core course.

Transfer Notes:

Up to 12 hours of CJ course work taken at another institution may be substituted for UCF CJ courses with equivalency in course content and proper documentation. Students are required to complete 48 hours of upper-division course work.

Career Opportunities

  • blood spatter analyst
  • caseworker
  • CIA agent
  • consultant
  • corrections officer
  • counselor
  • court clerk
  • court reporter
  • crime scene investigator
  • DEA agent
  • FBI agent
  • fish and game warden
  • forensic science technician
  • grant writer
  • homicide detective
  • immigration and customs enforcement agent
  • law enforcement officer
  • legal assistant
  • private investigator
  • probation officer
  • Secret Service agent
  • security officer
  • state trooper
  • U.S. Marshal
  • U.S. postal inspector

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