Criminology & Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice (BCCJ) degree requires the completion of 120 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. Core major requirements are guided by a series of student learning outcomes and include criminology and criminal justice electives.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate mastery of core areas in criminology and criminal justice.
  • Locate, integrate and use information from varied sources to effectively communicate in writing and other mediums.
  • Apply specialized knowledge through field-based learning experiences, civic and/or community engagement activities, and/or policy analysis.
  • Explain diverse positions, including those representing different cultural, economic, and geographic interests in the context of criminology and criminal justice.

Requirements

  1. UNO General Education Requirements (40 credits).

All Bachelor of Science Students in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice must complete the UNO General Education Curriculum. Some general education may overlap with the CRCJ requirements - see your advisor for more details.

  1. CRCJ Courses Required for Major (43 credits)

The CRCJ major requirements are separated out under a series of student learning outcomes. A minimum grade of “C-” is required in courses used to fulfill the 43-credit CRCJ requirement.

SLO 1 (15) + SLO 2 (6) + SLO 3 (6) + SLO 4 (4) + CRCJ Electives (12) = 43 credits

SLO 1: Demonstrate mastery of core areas in criminology and criminal justice (15 credits).
CRCJ 1010SURVEY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
Select a minimum of 6 credits of the following:6
POLICE AND SOCIETY
CRIMINAL COURT SYSTEM
SURVEY OF CORRECTIONS
COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS
CRCJ 2410CRIMINAL PROCEDURE3
CRCJ 3350CRIMINOLOGY3
SLO 2: Locate, integrate, and use information and data from varied sources to effectively communicate in writing and/or other mediums (6 credits).
CRCJ 2510RESEARCH METHODS3
CRCJ 3000APPLIED STATISTICS AND DATA PROCESSING IN PUBLIC SECTOR3
CRCJ 3100WRITING FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE Counts towards UNO Gen Ed’s Writing in the Discipline3
SLO 3: Explain diverse positions, including those representing different cultural, economic, and geographic interests in the context of criminology and criminal justice (6 credits). These are required in addition to the UNO general education diversity requirements
CRCJ 3380RACE, ETHNICITY, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
Plus a minimum of 3 additional credits from the following:3
WOMEN, CRIME AND JUSTICE
LAW AND THE BLACK COMMUNITY
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
TERRORISM
SLO 4: Apply specialized knowledge through field-based learning experiences, civic, and/or community-engaged activities, and/or policy analysis (4 credits).
Select a minimum of 3 credits of the following:3
INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE Students may take up to 6 credits of internship
COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS: ENGLAND
ISSUES IN CRIME AND JUSTICE
*OR any CRCJ course with a service-learning designation
CRCJ 4990APPLIED SENIOR ASSESSMENT1
CRCJ Electives
3000/4000 CRCJ Courses 12
To enroll in upper-level CRCJ coursework, you must first complete CRCJ 1010, ENGL 1160 and 45 credit hours
  1. Area of Concentration or Minor (18 credits)

The area of concentration must contain at least 18 credit hours chosen in consultation with the CRCJ academic adviser. At least 12 of the 18 credits must be taken at the 3000/4000 level. In certain instances, a minor can fulfill the area of concentration requirement. Please meet with a CRCJ academic adviser for specific guidelines.

  1. General Electives (19 credits)

The remaining 19 hours of coursework can be completed with courses of the student's choosing, in consultation with an academic advisor.

Common Substitutions

The following sociology courses may be substituted for equivalent criminal justice courses and applied toward the 39 hour major: SOC 3510 for CRCJ 2510 and SOC 4130 for CRCJ 4130. Further, all students must take a writing discipline course within their major. CRCJ 3100 fulfills this requirement but does not count towards the 43 required criminal justice course requirement. ENGL 2400, ENGL 3980 or MKT 3200 may be substituted for CRCJ 3100. Statistics is required for the CRCJ major. PSYC 3130, SOC 2130 or STAT 1530 may be substituted for CRCJ 3000. Credit toward the degree will not be allowed for multiple courses which are considered equivalent.

Optional Concentration

CRCJ majors have the option of completing a concentration in Victimology and Victim Services. The concentration requires 15 credit hours of the following:

Victimology and Victim Services Concentration

CRCJ 4410VICTIMOLOGY3
CRCJ 4440VICTIMS' RIGHTS AND SERVICES3
CRCJ 4000MENTAL HEALTH AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM3
Electives - Victimology courses (select 2) - Limit non-SCCJ courses to 3 hours6
WOMEN, CRIME AND JUSTICE
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
VIOLENCE
HUMAN TRAFFICKING
SEXUAL VIOLENCE
CRISIS INTERVENTION
TRAUMA AND RESILIENCE
SOCIAL WORK IN CHILD WELFARE
SOCIAL WORK IN MENTAL HEALTH
Total Credits15
Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
CRCJ 1010 SURVEY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3
ENGL 1150 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I 1 3
Natural/Physical Science with Laboratory 2 4
Social Science 3 3
 Credits13
Spring
CRCJ 2030
POLICE AND SOCIETY
or CRIMINAL COURT SYSTEM
or SURVEY OF CORRECTIONS
or COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS
3
ENGL 1160 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II 3
CMST 1110 PUBLIC SPEAKING FUNDS 4 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 5 3
MATH 1120 INTRODUCTION TO MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL THINKING 6 3
 Credits15
Sophomore
Fall
CRCJ 2030
POLICE AND SOCIETY
or CRIMINAL COURT SYSTEM
or SURVEY OF CORRECTIONS
or COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS
3
CRCJ 2510 RESEARCH METHODS 3
Natural/Physical Science 2 3
Social Science 3 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
CRCJ 2410 CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 3
CRCJ 3000
APPLIED STATISTICS AND DATA PROCESSING IN PUBLIC SECTOR 7
or INTRODUCTION TO APPLIED PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
3
Humanities and Fine Arts 5 3
Social Science 3 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Junior
Fall
CRCJ 3350 CRIMINOLOGY 3
CRCJ 3100 WRITING FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE 8 3
CRCJ 3380 RACE, ETHNICITY, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 5 3
Concentration/Minor 9 3
Elective 1
 Credits16
Spring
CRCJ 3390
WOMEN, CRIME AND JUSTICE
or LAW AND THE BLACK COMMUNITY
or INTERNATIONAL CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
or TERRORISM
3
CRCJ 3000/4000 10 3
Concentration/Minor 9 3
Concentration/Minor 9 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Senior
Fall
CRCJ 3000/4000 10 3
CRCJ 3000/4000 10 3
Concentration/Minor 9 3
Concentration/Minor 9 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
CRCJ 4990 APPLIED SENIOR ASSESSMENT 1
CRCJ 3970
INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
or COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS: ENGLAND
or ISSUES IN CRIME AND JUSTICE
3
CRCJ 3000/4000 10 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Concentration/Minor 9 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits120
1

A score of “ENGL 5” on the English Placement Exam is needed in order to enroll in ENGL 1150

2

Natural & Physical Science courses must be selected from this list: https://www.unomaha.edu/general-education/approved-courses/natural-and-physical-sciences.php

3

Social Science courses must be selected from this list: https://www.unomaha.edu/general-education/approved-courses/social-sciences.php

4

CMST 1110 or CMST 2120 may be taken towards the Public Speaking Requirement

5

Humanities & Fine Arts courses must be selected from this list: https://www.unomaha.edu/general-education/approved-courses/humanities-and-fine-arts.php

6

Math ACT 0-18 must take MATH 1120 or MATH 1130, MATH ACT 19+ may take an elective

7

Statistics requires Math ACT 19+ or completion of MATH 1120 or MATH 1130

8

ENGL 2400, ENGL 3980 or MKT 3200 may be substituted for CRCJ 3100

9

An area of concentration or a minor is required for all CRCJ majors. The area of concentration must contain at least 18 credit hours chosen in consultation with the CRCJ academic advisor

10

Select any courses in the 3000 or 4000 levels of CRCJ for CRCJ 3000/4000

11

CRCJ 4990 must be taken during graduating semester


This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.


This plan is not a contract and curriculum is subject to change


Additional Information About this Plan:
University Degree Requirements: The minimum number of hours for a UNO undergraduate degree is 120 credit hours. Please review the requirements for your specific program to determine all requirements for the program. In order to graduate on-time (four years for an undergraduate degree), you need to take 30 hours each year.


Placement Exams: For Math, English, Foreign Language, a placement exam may be required. More information on these exams can be found at https://www.unomaha.edu/enrollment-management/testing-center/placement-exams/information.php


**Transfer credit or placement exam scores may change suggested plan of study