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Criminal Justice (B.S.) 2016-2017 Catalog Year

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Justice Studies
(239) 590-7196

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice program provides an extensive overview of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, corrections, the judiciary, juvenile justice, probation and parole, and international justice. The program builds upon a solid liberal arts core to achieve a balanced criminal justice perspective including an emphasis upon the victim, the offender, the criminal justice system, and society. Students are provided a set of core courses and experiences to orient them to the broader criminal justice system. Thereafter, they have the opportunity to specialize in law enforcement, corrections, legal studies, juvenile justice, international justice, or management in criminal justice. This program is available through distance learning via the internet.

Program Admission Requirements
  • Submit a FGCU Undergraduate Admission Application and satisfy all applicable university admission requirements.
  • Satisfy common prerequisites with a grade of C or better.
  • Satisfy general education program requirements.
  • Sign an Advising Agreement document.
Program Requirements

To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.

  1. FGCU General Education Program (

  2. Common Prerequisites

  3. Required Courses in the Major (36 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    Any 1000-2999 course with prefix CCJ, CJC, CJE, CJL, PLA (3)
    CCJ 3117 Theories of Criminal Behavior (3)
    CCJ 3453 Organization and Administration of Criminal Justice (3)
    CCJ 3700 Meth Criminal Justice Research (3)
    CCJ 3701 Criminal Justice Data Analysis (3)
    CCJ 4054 Ethics in the Crim Justice Sys (3)
    CCJ 4450 Ldrship & Mgmt in CJ Agencies (3)
    CCJ 4934 Senior Seminar (3)
    CCJ 4940 Internship (3)
    CJJ 4015 Juvenile Justice System (3)
    CJL 4064 Constitutional Crim. Procedure (3)
    CJL 4110 Substantive Criminal Law (3)

  4. Restricted Electives in the Major (9 credits)
    A minimum grade of C is required in each course.

    Select 9 credits from the following:
    3000-4999 course(s)* with any of the following prefixes: CCJ, CJC, CJE, CJJ, CJL, DSC (3)
    PLA 3205 Courtroom Techniques (3)
    PLA 4570 Globalization and the Rule of Law (3)
    SYP 3520 Sociology of Crime (3)

    *Courses used to fulfill required courses in the major cannot also be used to fulfill restricted electives.
    CCJ 4940 Internship can be taken for a maximum of 6 credits total, 3 of which fulfill required courses in the major; up to three additional credits can be used as restricted electives.

  5. University Requirements (3 credits)
    IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree


Additional Graduation Requirements
  • Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 credits.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • At least 48 of the 120 credits must be in the upper division (3000-4999).
  • At least 30 of the last 60 credits must be earned at FGCU.
  • Satisfy College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
  • Satisfy Service Learning requirement. See
  • Completion of the summer course enrollment requirement.
  • Submit an online Application for Graduation via Gulfline by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.

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