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B.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice

General Information

  • CCJ 201 (Intro to CJ Systems) and 290 (Intro to Criminological Studies) are prerequisites for most Criminology and Criminal Justice courses. They can be taken concurrently and 201 is not a prerequisite for 290. CCJ Check Sheet - PDF
  • CCJ 316 (Intro to CJ Research) is a prerequisite for CCJ 317 (Intro to CJ Statistics) and most 400-level Criminology and Criminal Justice courses.
  • Remember to check the course catalog or schedule for prerequisites of other Criminology and Criminal Justice courses.
  • Internships (CCJ 395): Prerequisites are 2.75 GPA (overall and in the major) and CCJ 201 and CCJ 290 plus 12 additional hours in Criminology and Criminal Justice; student must submit internship application during the first 30 days of the preceding spring or fall semester; no more than 3 hours of CCJ 395 (Supervised Field Experiences) can be counted toward the Criminology and Criminal Justice major.
  • Transfer students from out of state or from four-year institutions are advised to acquire a syllabus from each law enforcement, criminal justice, or Criminology and Criminal Justice course they have taken prior to entering SIU. These syllabi are used by Criminology and Criminal Justice advisement to evaluate transfer credit.

Major Requirements

  • Students must complete these required CCJ courses: CCJ 201, 290, 310 (Intro to Criminal Law) or CCJ 360 (Law and Social Control), 316, and 317. (15 hours)
  • Plus at least 18 hours of Criminology and Criminal Justice electives to total 33 hours in Criminology and Criminal Justice coursework. As part of the 18 hours of Criminology and Criminal Justice electives, students must complete at least three 400-level Criminology and Criminal Justice courses totaling 9 credit hours.
  • Students must complete a Minor in order to receive a Criminology and Criminal Justice degree. The Criminology and Criminal Justice department will honor any Minor offered by a baccalaureate (4-year) level degree program or department at SIU. Under very special and limited circumstances, a student may be able to receive credit for a supplementary course of study instead of a Minor. (See Criminology and Criminal Justice Academic Advisor or current Undergraduate Student Handbook for more details.)
  • Students must complete all University Core Curriculum and College of Liberal Arts requirements. (See College of Liberal Arts advisor for details on these requirements.)
  • CCJ 203 (Crime, Justice, and Social Diversity) cannot be used for credit in the CCJ major if it is counted for credit in Core Curriculum, Integrative Studies.
  • To officially enter the Criminology and Criminal Justice major, students must have a 2.0 overall GPA