Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice
The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice provides undergraduate students an excellent foundation regarding theories of crime and the criminal justice response to crime. Students are also introduced to methods for criminological research. Successful graduates often obtain jobs as police officers, legal assistants, victim witness coordinators, correctional officers, counselors, and probation/parole officers. Many graduates also choose to pursue advanced degrees in Criminology, Law or related disciplines.
The job outlook for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice is strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates significant job growth among police officers, correctional officers, probation officers, and other careers frequently pursued by graduates.
Coursework towards the Bachelor of Science degree is offered on both the Omaha and Lincoln campuses of the University of Nebraska. The Bachelor of Science degree can be earned in its entirety on the Lincoln campus; however, the degree is conferred by the University of Nebraska at Omaha. All of the school policies and requirements applicable to students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree are the same on both campuses. Students can also complete courses towards the Bachelor of Science degree online through our Distance Education program.
The Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree requires the completion of 120 credit hours with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. The first 45 hours of course work is defined as the Preprogram Curriculum. The remaining course work is considered the upper division Criminology and Criminal Justice program.
Students who declare Criminology and Criminal Justice as their major must complete all of the 45 hour Preprogram Curriculum with an overall GPA of 2.5 and no grade lower than "C-" in their criminology and criminal justice courses. These courses include:
ENGL 1150 or ENGL 1154, and ENGL 1160 or ENGL 1164 (6 hours)
MATH 1310 Intermediate Algebra or higher (3 hours)
CRCJ 1010 Survey of Criminal Justice (3 hours)
CRCJ 2030 Police and Society, CRCJ 2110 Survey of Criminal Courts, or CRCJ 2210 Survey of Corrections (6 hours - must complete 2 of the 3 courses)
CRCJ 2510 Criminal Justice Research Methods (3 hours)
General Education Requirements (24 hours - Social Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences)
Upper Division Criminology and Criminal Justice Program
Students seeking entrance into the upper division Criminology and Criminal Justice program should contact an Academic Advisor for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Students may seek upper division status with fewer than 45 hours if they are enrolled for the remaining hours during the semester in which they make application. In such cases, students may be granted admission contingent upon completion of the remaining hours with no grade lower than a “C-” in their criminology and criminal justice courses.
Internship Opportunities in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Not sure what you want to do with your degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice? The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers an internship program in conjunction with our CRCJ 3970 course that can be taken twice for up to 6 credits. Additional information regarding internship opportunities and a list of potential internship sites can be found here.
The School’s academic advisors can help with degree planning, registering for courses, and other related issues. To schedule an academic advising appointment, please call (402) 554-2610 or stop by CPACS 218 to make an appointment in person.
For More Information
For more specific information about the Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree program, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog.
For more information about General Education at UNO, please click here.
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