B.A. Criminal Justice
Courses

120 credit hours
98% career outcome rate
1 degree option

Criminal JusticeFeatured Courses

As a student in the criminal justice major at Concordia Nebraska, you’ll have the opportunity to take specialized courses related to various aspects of the criminal justice profession. These classes, designed to equip you for leadership and service in various criminal justice careers, are taught by some of our esteemed faculty who have extensive experience in their fields.

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Criminal JusticeSample Schedule of Courses

The following sample course of study is an example of the sequence of courses you might take in order to receive your degree. Please plan to discuss your actual course of study with your advisor, who can help you stay on track to meet your academic and professional goals.

Semester 1

CJ 101
Introduction to Criminal Justice
This is an introductory class to the study of criminal justice. Students will be introduced to the history of the American Criminal Justice system and its primary components: law enforcement, courts, corrections, police work, types of crime and responses to crime.
3
credits
FYE
First-Year Experience
A unique course designed to provide first-year college students with knowledge, tips and tricks to support their collegiate career.
1
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
15
credits
Total Credits
19

Semester 2

CJ 200
Introduction to Law Enforcement
Introductory course on the role of police in American society and the functions of law enforcement professionals. This course will cover topics within the field of criminal justice from a law enforcement perspective.
3
credits
BIO 230
Introduction to Forensic Science
Lecture 3. Survey of the application of science to the law. Topics include pathology, anthropology, chemical analysis of drugs and other evidence, DNA, ballistics, and crime scene investigation. Same as SCI 230.
3
credits
BIO 231
Introduction to Forensic Science Lab
Lab. 2. Selected introductory laboratory applications in forensic science. Prerequisites: BIO 230 or concurrent registration. Same as SCI 231.
1
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
8
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 3

CJ 210
The Juvenile Justice System and Juvenile Delinquency
A survey of the juvenile justice system in the United States including its history and origin, theories of delinquency and intervention, legal rights, processing, classification, dispositional alternatives and sanctions.
3
credits
CJ 300
Criminal Investigations
This course introduces criminal investigation procedures. Investigative processes related to law enforcement will be reviewed, including the limits on such investigations.
3
credits
CTA 333
Intercultural Communication
The study of cultural practices that influence the exchange of meaning between individuals and groups of differing cultural/racial backgrounds. The course is designed to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the uniqueness of cultures, the resulting variations in communication styles and preferences, and to provide strategies and skills for successful communication across cultures.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
6
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 4

CJ 220
Criminal Law
A survey of criminal law including its history and the study of specific crimes against the person, social crimes, crimes against the State and constitutional protections before and after arrest, at trial and post-conviction.
3
credits
CJ 350
Overview of the American Legal System
This course will provide students with a basic knowledge of criminal and civil laws and judicial procedures in the United States of America. Discussion of federal, state, and local laws will be covered.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
9
credits
Total Credits
15

Semester 5

CJ 310
Corrections
A survey of correctional history, theory and policy as well as parole and prisoner reentry, correctional clients, including the juvenile correctional system, prison life and an overview of current issues in the correctional system.
3
credits
HHP 281
Health Topics: Drug Education
A course in the health topics series designed to develop and expand knowledge and skill to understand and address the issues of drug/substance use, misuse and abuse.
1
credits
HIST 487
United States Constitutional History
This course explores the history of the United States Constitution through an examination of its creation in Philadelphia in 1787, subsequent amendments to the Constitution over the last two hundred years and the constitutional crises that have periodically confronted the country.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
11
credits
Total Credits
18

Semester 6

CJ 400
Ethics in Criminal Justice
This course will examine the moral codes and ethical decisions involved when working within the criminal justice system.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
15
credits
Total Credits
18

Semester 7

SOC 221
Social Problems
Examines major social issues in America society, problems of the young and the elderly, alienation, deviant behavior, ecological problems, bureaucratic structure vis-à-vis individual freedom, and social disorganization.
3
credits
CJ 420
Criminal Evidence, Procedures, Courts
A study of search and seizure, interrogations, confessions, and identification procedures; the beginnings of judicial proceedings; and, trial, conviction, appeals and habeas corpus proceedings.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
12
credits
Total Credits
18

Semester 8

CJ 481
Criminal Justice Internship
The Criminal Justice Internship is a planned and supervised educational experience which integrates the knowledge and theory of criminal justice gained through course work with field experience. Students observe professionals in the field and participate as determined between the supervisor of that agency and the student. Students must contact the office of career services to obtain the undergraduate internship/practicum packet and complete the required process.
3
credits
GEN ED
General Education
General education from across the university
15
credits
Total Credits
18
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Criminal Justice Faculty

As experts in criminal justice, our faculty and instructors bring years of experience to the classroom.

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