Anna M. Zajicek
Chair of Studies
211 Old Main
479-575-3205
http://sociology.uark.edu

The Department of Sociology offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice. The program in criminal justice is designed to prepare candidates for a variety of entry-level positions in criminal justice and to enable experienced personnel to expand their knowledge and skills. Drawing on a strong interdisciplinary base in the social sciences, the program provides education in the complexities of human behavior and problems of interpersonal relations in an increasingly urbanized America. The overall goal of the program is to enable men and women to contribute to the development and implementation of a fair and effective system of criminal justice.

Requirements for the B.A. Degree with Major in Criminal Justice: Students must complete 120 degree credit hours to include the minimum University Core requirements, the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Graduation Requirements, and the following major course requirements. Bolded courses from the list below may be applied to portions of the University/state minimum core requirements.

Select one of the following:3-4
Mathematical Thought (Sp, Su, Fa)
Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Finite Mathematics (Sp, Su, Fa)
Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World (Sp, Fa)
Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)
ENGL 2003Advanced Composition (Sp, Su, Fa) (see course description for exemption requirements)3
Three hours of a world language at the 1013 Elementary II level or higher3
A minimum of 37 additional semester hours to include:37
Introduction to Criminal Justice (ACTS Equivalency = CRJU 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)
General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)
Criminal Law and Society (Sp, Fa)
Criminology (Sp, Fa)
The Police and Society (Sp, Fa)
Corrections (Sp, Fa)
Social Data and Analysis Laboratory (Sp, Fa)
Social Data and Analysis (Sp, Fa)
Social Research (Sp, Fa)
12 hours of 3000- and 4000- level criminal justice or sociology courses not taken above
Total Hours46-47

For transfer students, a minimum of 18 hours of coursework in the major at the University of Arkansas is required.

Writing Requirement: To fulfill the Fulbright College writing requirement, each criminal justice major will submit, prior to graduation, a substantial research or analytical paper, with a grade of “A” or “B” from an upper-division criminal justice course (3000-, 4000-, or 5000-level) to their departmental adviser. Satisfactory completion of an honors project or a senior thesis may fulfill this requirement.

Criminal Justice B.A.

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the eight-semester degree plan should see the Eight-Semester Degree Policy in the Academic Regulations chapter for university requirements of the program. Core requirement hours may vary by individual, based on placement and previous credit granted. Once all core requirements are met, students may substitute a three-hour (or more) general elective in place of a core area.

First YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
Select one of the following:3-4  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (Sp, Su, Fa) (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)
MATH 2033 Mathematical Thought (Sp, Su, Fa)1
MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203) (Sp, Su, Fa)1
MATH 2053 Finite Mathematics (Sp, Su, Fa)1
MATH 2183 Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World (Sp, Fa)1
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)1
Select one of the following:3  
SOCI 2013 General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa)
University/State Core Social Science requirement
1013 Elementary II World Language Course (or higher level, depending on placement)3  
University/State Core Fine Arts, Humanities or US History requirement 3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)  3
Select one of the following MATH if needed, else General Elective:  3-4
MATH 2033 Mathematical Thought (Sp, Su, Fa)1
MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2203) (Sp, Su, Fa)1
MATH 2053 Finite Mathematics (Sp, Su, Fa)1
MATH 2183 Mathematical Reasoning in a Quantitative World (Sp, Fa)1
MATH 2554 Calculus I (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 2405) (Sp, Su, Fa)1
General Elective
Select one of the following:  3
SOCI 2013 General Sociology (ACTS Equivalency = SOCI 1013) (Sp, Su, Fa) ((if still needed))
University/State Core Social Science requirement
University/State Core Science requirement with Corequisite Lab  4
General Elective  3
Year Total: 15 16
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
ENGL 2003 Advanced Composition (Sp, Su, Fa) (as needed)3  
University/State Core Social Science requirement3  
University/State Core Humanities, U.S. History, or Fine Arts requirement (as needed)3  
CMJS 2003 Introduction to Criminal Justice (ACTS Equivalency = CRJU 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa)3  
General Elective3  
SOCI 3313 Social Research (Sp, Fa)1, 2  3
CMJS 2023 Introduction to Criminology (Sp, Fa) ( or General Elective)  3
CMJS 2043 Criminal Law and Society (Sp, Fa)1  3
University/State Core U.S. History, Fine Arts, or Humanities requirement (as needed)  3
Science University/State Core Lecture with Corequisite Lab requirement  4
Year Total: 15 16
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
SOCI 3303 Social Data and Analysis (Sp, Fa)
& SOCI 3301L Social Data and Analysis Laboratory (Sp, Fa)2
4  
CMJS/SOCI 3023 Criminology (Sp, Fa)23  
CMJS/SOCI 3203 Corrections (Sp, Fa)23  
Advanced Level Elective13  
General Elective3  
CMJS 3043 The Police and Society (Sp, Fa)1,2  3
CMJS 3000-4000 Elective1,2  3
Advanced Level Electives1  6
General Electives  3
Year Total: 16 15
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
CMJS/SOCI 3000-4000 elective1,23  
3000-plus Advanced Level Elective (as needed) or Advanced Level Elective13  
General Electives9  
CMJS/SOCI 3000-4000 Elective1,2  3
CMJS/SOCI 3000-4000 Elective1,2  3
General Electives  6
Year Total: 15 12
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120
1

Meets 40-hour advanced credit hour requirement. See College Academic Regulations.

2

Meets 24-hour rule (24 hours of 3000-4000 level courses in Fulbright College), in addition to meeting the 40-hour rule. See College Academic Regulations.

Requirements for a Minor in Criminal Justice:  18 semester hours in criminal justice and sociology to include CMJS 2003, CMJS 3023, SOCI 3313, and at least nine hours of 3000-level classes or above (no more than 3 hours may be SOCI).  A student must notify the department of her or his intent to minor.

Requirements for Departmental Honors in Criminal Justice: The Departmental Honors Program in Criminal Justice is an upper-division course of study based on a topic in the area of criminal justice. To be eligible for criminal justice honors candidacy, students normally will have completed 28 semester hours and not more than 85 semester hours with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.5. They must take 12 hours (which may include 6 hours of thesis) in Honors Studies. The honors project may be an intensive study of a topic in criminal justice or an empirical research investigation. The candidate is expected to pass an oral examination given by an Honors Council Committee. Projects of extraordinarily high quality may be designated High Honors by the Committee. Successful completion of the requirements will be recognized by the award of the distinction Criminal Justice Scholar cum laude at graduation. Higher degree distinctions are recommended only in truly exceptional cases and are based upon the whole of the candidate’s program of honors studies.

Courses

CMJS 2003. Introduction to Criminal Justice (ACTS Equivalency = CRJU 1023) (Sp, Su, Fa). 3 Hours.

Survey of the field of criminal justice, with an emphasis upon law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.

CMJS 2023. Introduction to Criminology (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Examination of the extent of crime in America, patterns of criminal behavior, and the causes of criminality.

CMJS 2043. Criminal Law and Society (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Principles and problems of criminal law in contemporary society.

CMJS 2513. Criminal Investigation (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Survey of the theories, concepts, and legal conditions concerning the techniques used in the location, preservation and presentation of evidence. Prerequisite: CMJS 2003.

CMJS 3023. Criminology (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

A survey of theories of crime causation, development of law, corrections, victimization, and police and policy. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013 and junior standing.

This course is cross-listed with SOCI 3023.

CMJS 3043. The Police and Society (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Origins, development, and practice of policing, with an emphasis on police organization, problems, and issues in contemporary society. Prerequisite: CMJS 2003.

CMJS 3053. Serial Crime (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Exploration of the historical development of criminal profiling related to serial homicide, serial sex crimes, serial stalking, and serial arson. Examination of behavioral and criminological theories, focusing on different profiling techniques and their strengths and challenges. Case studies and published research on serial crime will be used whenever possible. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

This course is cross-listed with SOCI 3053.

CMJS 3063. Victimology (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Introduction to the scientific study of victimization. Examines conceptual boundaries of victimology research, covers theories and statistics relevant to victimology, and explores practical applications of victimology, and the social, legal, and criminological issues that stem from concern over victims. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

This course is cross-listed with SOCI 3063.

CMJS 3203. Corrections (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

A study of the origins, development, and practices related to corrections, including incarceration, community corrections and supervision, and intermediate sanctions. Prerequisite: CMJS 2003.

This course is cross-listed with SOCI 3203.

CMJS 3413. Special Topics (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Designed to cover specialized topics not usually presented in regular courses. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

CMJS 3503. Criminal Procedures (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Legal principles of police work, including arrests, force, interviewing, search and seizure. Prerequisite: CMJS 2003.

CMJS 3513. Criminal Evidence (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Examination of how criminal evidence is collected by police and used by prosecutors and defense attorneys within a constitutional framework. Prerequisite: CMJS 2003.

This course is cross-listed with SOCI 3513.

CMJS 3723. Deviant Behavior (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Prevalence, theories, stereotypical responses, and treatment programs for behaviors such as vagrancies, alcoholism, violence, and sexual deviancy which deviate from social norms. Prerequisite: SOCI 2013.

This course is cross-listed with SOCI 3723.

CMJS 399VH. Honors Course (Sp, Fa). 1-6 Hour.

May be repeated for up to 12 hours of degree credit.

CMJS 4003. Internship in Criminal Justice (Sp, Su, Fa). 3 Hours.

Supervised experience in municipal, county or state criminal justice agency, or any other agency which is approved by instructor. Prerequisite: CMJS 2003. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

CMJS 4013. Special Topics in Criminal Justice (Sp, Fa). 3 Hours.

Comprehensive study of varied subjects in contemporary criminal justice. May be repeated for different topics. Prerequisite: Junior standing. May be repeated for up to 9 hours of degree credit.

CMJS 403V. Individual Study in Criminal Justice (Sp, Su, Fa). 1-3 Hour.

A reading and conference course on special topics in criminal justice. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

CMJS 4043. Juvenile Justice (Irregular). 3 Hours.

An introduction to the juvenile justice system and delinquent behaviors. Focuses on the extent of delinquency in America and the historical foundations and contemporary functions of the juvenile justice system. Prerequisite: CMJS 2003.

CMJS 4053. Homeland Security (Irregular). 3 Hours.

An introduction to homeland security and the intelligence community, focusing on how counterterrorism data is collected and used, emerging threats, and balancing civil liberties with domestic intelligence gathering. Prerequisite: CMJS 2003.

CMJS 4113. Terrorism and Social Control (Irregular). 3 Hours.

Examination of the causes, consequences, and counterterrorism policies affecting terrorism committed against Americans, whether domestic or international. Prerequisite: Junior standing.

This course is cross-listed with SOCI 4113.

Douglas James Adams, Associate Professor
Juan Jose Bustamante, Assistant Professor
Lauren Copley, Visiting Assistant Professor
Grant R. Drawve, Assistant Professor
Mindy Sue Engen, Associate Professor
Rodney L. Engen, Associate Professor
Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, University Professor, Bernice Jones Chair of Community and Family Institute
Casey Taggart Harris, Assistant Professor
Patricia S. Herzog, Assistant Professor
Lori C. Holyfield, Professor
Brandon Jackson, Assistant Professor
Patricia Koski, Associate Professor
Shauna Morimoto, Associate Professor
Bill Schwab, University Professor
Christopher A. Shields, Assistant Professor
Brent Lamar Smith, Distinguished Professor
Shaun A. Thomas, Assistant Professor
Marcella Thompson, Instructor
Steven K. Worden, Associate Professor
Song Yang, Professor
Anna Zajicek, Professor