Criminal Justice (B.S.)

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Justice Studies
(239) 590-7196

2014-2015 Catalog Year

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, which includes 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

  1. FGCU General Education Program (GEP) (36 hrs)
    Refer to the General Education Program for more information.

    1. Communication (6 hrs)
    2. Mathematics (6 hrs)
    3. Humanities (9 hrs)
    4. Social Sciences (6-9 hrs)
    5. Natural Sciences (6-9 hrs)

      Note: At least one Natural Sciences course must include a laboratory or field component. Courses meeting this requirement contain a “C” or “L” in their course numbers. Each combined lecture and laboratory course (marked with a C) is equivalent to taking the lecture and laboratory separately.

  2. Common Prerequisites


  3. Required Courses in the Major (33 hrs)
    • CCJ 3024* C J Systems and Processes (3)
    • CCJ 3117 Theories of Criminal Behavior (3)
    • CCJ 3700 Methods of Criminal Justice Research (3)
    • CCJ 3701 Criminal Justice Data Analysis (3)
    • CCJ 4054 Ethics in the Criminal Justice System (3)
    • CCJ 4450 Leadership and Management in CJ (3)
    • CCJ 4934 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)
    • CCJ 4940 Internship (3)
    • CJJ 4015 Juvenile Justice System (3)
    • CJL 4064 Constitutional Criminal Procedure (3)
    • CJL 4110 Substantive Criminal Law (3)

      *An approved CCJ 3000-4999 level course can be substituted for CCJ 3024 if the student has completed CCJ 1020 or an equivalent course. Contact the college academic advisor for information.

  4. Electives in the Major (3 hrs)
    1. Select 3 hours from the following:
      • PLA 3205 Courtroom Techniques (3)
      • PLA 4570 Globalization and the Rule of Law (3)
      • 3000-4999 course(s)* with any of the following prefixes: CCJ, CJC, CJE, CJJ, CJL (3)

        *Courses used to fulfill required courses in the major cannot also be used to fulfill restricted electives.

  5. University Requirements (3 hrs)
    • IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)

  6. Additional Electives (variable)


Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
  • A minimum grade of C for each course used to satisfy the following categories: common prerequisites, required courses in the major, and electives in the major.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
  • At least 48 of the 120 hours must be in the upper division (3000-4999).
  • At least 30 of the last 60 hours must be earned at FGCU.
  • Satisfy Communication and Computation 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.

The information contained in this catalog excerpt is intended for informational purposes only. Every effort is made to provide this information as accurately as possible at the time of publication; however, the university reserves the right to revise any section or part without notice or obligation.
Printed on: 5/4/2015.