Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
from the University of South Carolina Upstate
- Total requirements for degree:
- 120 hours*
- Major requirements available online:
- 60 hours
*Includes previous credits earned and Palmetto College courses (60-68 hours, depending on degree program)
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The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree from USC Upstate is designed to provide present and future criminal justice professionals with the educational background necessary to be successful in a criminal justice career, graduate school, or law school. Criminal justice majors complete a course of study that includes the examination of topics such as crime, criminological theory, courts, policing, corrections, victims, and offenders.
|Course Start Date||Application Deadline||Missing Documents Deadline||Registration Deadline||Tuition Deadline|
|August 21, 2014||August 1, 2014||August 8, 2014||August 22, 2014||TBD|
|January 12, 2015||December 1, 2014||December 15, 2014||January 13, 2015||TBD|
General Education Courses (43-44 hours, specific courses required)
Major Required Courses (24 hours)
Survey of the law enforcement, judicial, correctional, and juvenile systems; interrelationships between criminal justice agencies and the community.
Mechanics and skills of research writing applied to topics in criminal justice. Emphasis is placed on collecting and communicating criminal justice research literature in writing style appropriate for the social sciences. For criminal justice majors only. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: CRJU 101.
Police organizations; the recruitment, training, and socialization of police officers; the role of police in society; and critical issues in policing. The problem of coercive power as it relates to policing is also examined. Prerequisite: CRJU 101.
The administration of criminal justice in the American federal and state court systems. The nature and concept of justice, court personnel, functions, jurisdictions, policies, procedures, discretion, and current developments in court technology and organization will be reviewed. Prerequisite: CRJU 101.
Penology emphasizing the history, philosophy, programs, policies, and problems associated with correctional practice. Topics include probation, prisons, jails, parole, community corrections and alternative sanctions. Prerequisite: CRJU 101.
Quantitative, qualitative and comparative methods used in criminal justice research, focusing on research design, data collection and analysis, and ethical issues. Prerequisites: CRJU 101, CRJU 210, CRJU 220 and CRJU 230.
Analysis and critical assessments of traditional and contemporary crime and theories of criminal behavior. Prerequisites: CRJU 101, CRJU 210, CRJU 220, and CRJU 230.
Exploration, at an advanced level, of issues, topics and dilemmas related to crime and the criminal justice system. The specific topics covered vary depending upon the instructor. Prerequisites: One statistics course, CRJU U101, CRJU U210, CRJU U220, CRJU U230, CRJU U361, and CRJU U371.
Upper Division CJ Courses (15 hours)
Congnate Courses (12 hours)
Supporting Courses (9 hours)
Choose from Criminal Justice Statistics or Elementary Statistics.
The fundamentals of modern statistical methods, descriptive and inferential statistics, probability and sampling; primarily for students in fields other than mathematics who need a working knowledge of statistics. Perquisites: high school Algebra I and II, or equivalent.
The formation and development of the national government, its organization and powers.
Choose from Criminal Justice Ethics or Philosophy options.