The Criminal Justice and Criminology program at Metropolitan State University of Denver offers a course of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology. This 120-credit degree appeals to students who are interested in working in the fields of: law, law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections or other related social service agencies. This degree also prepares students to undertake graduate school in criminal justice or a related field as well as law school. The Criminal Justice and Criminology B.S. program also welcomes students returning to school who are interested in earning their degree to assist in furthering their career goals. Recognizing that many people who are interested in such education are already employed in some form of criminal justice work, and that many people have completed course-work at the community college level, the curriculum is also structured to facilitate transfer from two-year police science/criminal justice programs. The department has articulation agreements with Colorado community colleges to facilitate students to transfer from community colleges to MSU Denver.
Students must meet Metropolitan State University of Denver’s and the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology’s requirements for the bachelor's degree, which includes the successful completion of General Studies courses, courses related to the Minor of your choice, and the core and elective courses available to all Criminal Justice and Criminology majors. For details, see CJC Degree Requirement (PDF 73 KB).
All students should consult with a faculty advisor in the Criminal Justice and Criminology department regarding degree requirements. Students should also consult with a faculty advisor in their Minor department of choice for course advising.
New Courses being offered from Fall 2013!
CJC 2050 American Judicial System
This course introduces students to the structure and organization of the American judicial system. The process of court proceedings including pretrial, plea bargain, trials, sentencing, and the appeals process are discussed. The roles of the different “players” in the court process are also discussed as well as the specialized court movement and other trends in adjudication.
CJC 3800 Federal Law Enforcement and Terrorism
This course examines the federal law enforcement system and its approach to domestic and international terrorism. Historical foundations, agency roles, administrative partnerships, homeland security collaborations, and emerging issues will be considered. The relationship between the federal, local and state law enforcement agencies will also be presented.
CJC 4700 Capstone Seminar in Criminal Justice
This course is designed to provide criminal justice majors and minors with a capstone experience emphasizing integration of knowledge acquired in previous courses on the institutions, policies, and practices of criminal justice. The course seeks to synthesize learning with exercises that promote critical thinking, the application of theory, and the critique of current practices in criminal justice and criminology. Students will also be asked to verify their expertise in policing, courts, and corrections.
Note: All students who declare the CJC major beginning Fall 2013 are required to follow this new curriculum. Current CJC majors (declared prior to Fall 2013) will continue to follow the curriculum listed below for Fall 2007 - Spring 2013. Also, current CJC majors should view the 2013 approved substitution list and/or meet with an advisor for any questions of how the changes to the curriculum may impact.
CJC Pre-Major Requirement: CJC 1010 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CJC MAJOR CORE REQUIREMENTS (21 Credits)
CJC 1450: Introduction to Corrections (3 credits)
CJC 2020: Research Methods and Basic Statistics for the Criminal Justice Professional (3 credits)
CJC 2050: American Judicial System (3 credits)
CJC 2210: American Policing (3 credits)
CJC 3400: Criminological Theories (3 credits)
CJC 3410: Criminal Justice and the Social Structure (3 credits)
CJC 4700: Capstone Seminal in Criminal Justice and Criminology (Senior Experience) (3 credits)
CJC AREA ELECTIVES (15 Credits)
Police (Choose 1):
CJC 3800 Federal Law Enforcement and Terrorism (3 credits)
CJC 4250 Community Policing (3 credits)
Courts/Law (Choose 1):
CJC 2100 Criminal Law (3 credits)
CJC 3110 Constitutional Law (3 credits)
Corrections (choose 1):
CJC 3270 Community Corrections (3 credits)
CJC 3290 Probation and Parole (3 credits)
CJC 3470 Punishment and Society (3 credits)
Administration of Justice (Choose 2):
CJC 3130 Victimology (3 credits)
CJC 3350 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (3 credits)
CJC 4650 Ethics for the Criminal Justice Professional (3 credits)
CJC GENERAL ELECTIVES (9 credits)
Additional 9 hours of CJC general electives are required. Students can choose to take additional courses from the above area electives or any CJC courses previously not taken. 6 out of the 9 credits must be upper division.
CJC CORE REQUIREMENTS (39 credits)
CJC 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems
CJC 1450 Introduction to Corrections
CJC 2020 Research Methods and Basic Statistics for Criminal Justice Professionals
CJC 2100 Criminal Law
CJC 2210 American Policing
CJC 3110 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedure and Evidence
CJC 3130 Victimology
CJC 3200 Criminal Justice Administrative Behavior
CJC 3350 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
CJC 3400 Criminological Theories
CJC 3410 Criminal Justice and the Social Structure
CJC 4300 Institutional Corrections
CJC 4650 Ethics for the Criminal Justice Professional
CJC REQUIRED ELECTIVES (9 credits - 6 credits must be upper division)
Electives are selected in consultation with and approved by the department advisor allow for development of emphasis or specialty areas, certificate programs or general degree plan. Internship credits may apply to this elective area but no more than 6 semester hours are allowed.
CJC MAJORS WHO FALL UNDER THE PRE-2007 CATALOG SHOULD MEET WITH AN ADVISOR TO CLARIFY THE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS.
If you have questions about these changes or how older CJC courses may work with newer curriculum requirements, see the latest approved course substitution list CJC Course Substitution List Effective Fall 2013 (31 KB)