Academic Catalog

Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science

General Education Courses
I. Communication
ENGL U101Composition I3
ENGL U102Composition II3
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
Select one of the following:3
College Mathematics
College Algebra
Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
Precalculus I
Precalculus II
Calculus I
Calculus II
Elements of Discrete Mathematics
Basic Concepts of Elementary Mathematics I
Natural Science (w/ lab):
Select one of the following:4
Descriptive Astronomy
and Descriptive Astronomy Laboratory
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology I Lab
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology II Lab
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Botany and Society
and Botany and Society Laboratory
Chemistry and Society
and Chemistry and Society Lab
Chemistry of Living Things
and Chemistry of Living Things Lab
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Lab
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
and General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Lab
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Lab
Historical Geology
and Historical Geology Lab
Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Lab
Introduction to Physical Science
and Introduction to Physical Science Laboratory
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
Math, Logic and/or Natural Science:
Select one of the following:3
Genetics and Society
Human Biology and Society
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Environmental Science
Introduction to Logic and Rhetoric
Deductive Logic
III. Information Technology
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Technology
Introduction to Computer Science
Intro to Digital Studies
Survey of Information Technology
Introduction to Digital Safety
Strategies for Information Discovery
Intro to Music Technology
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Fine Arts and Humanities:
Select one of the following:3
African American Culture
Introduction to Art
History of Western Art: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern
Introduction to Creative Writing
Introduction to Music
History of American Popular Music
Comparative Religion
Introduction to Southern Studies
Introduction to Theatre Art
Fundamentals in Acting
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to World History I
Introduction to World History II
History of the United States to 1877
History of the United States from 1865
V. Foreign Language & Culture
Foreign Language:
Select two of the following: 16
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Introductory French I
Introductory French II
Introductory German I
Introductory German II
Introductory Spanish I
Introductory Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish
VI. Social & Behavioral Sciences
Social & Behavioral Science:
POLI U101American National Government3
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to African American Studies
Understanding Other Cultures
Introduction to Geography
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Interpersonal Communication
Leadership Development I
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
VII. General Education Electives
Choose from the options below if hours are required in the major0-6
Major Requirements 2
CRJU U101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJU U210Policing in America3
CRJU U220The Criminal Courts3
CRJU U230Introduction to Corrections3
CRJU U361Criminal Justice Research Methods3
CRJU U371Criminological Theory3
CRJU U501Senior Seminar3
Additional Upper-Level Courses15
Select Option 1 or Option 2:
Option 1: Select 15 credits of upper-level criminal justice courses 3
Option 2: Crime Analysis Concentration 4
Foundations of Crime Analysis
Tactical Crime Analysis
Strategic Crime Analysis
Advanced Topics in Crime Analysis
Advanced Topics in Practical Crime Analysis
Supporting Courses
Statistics 2
Select one of the following:3
Criminal Justice Statistics
Elementary Statistics
Psychological Statistics
Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
Ethics 2
Select one of the following:3
Criminal Justice Ethics
Contemporary Moral Issues
Ethics in Human Communication
The Ethical Factor
Career Planning 2
Select one of the following:3
Career Development in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Internship
Career Planning
or another "Career Planning" course approved by academic advisor
Cognate or Minor and Electives32
Select a cognate (12 hours) or a minor (18-21 hours) in consultation with advisors.
Cognate 2
Select 12 credits
Minor (Discipline) 2
Select 18-21 credits
Select 11-20 credits
Total Hours120

Students who place into the 102 level of a language must complete three (3) hours of language and will have an additional three (3) hours in general education electives. Students who place into the 201 level or higher of a language satisfy the language requirement but will have an additional six (6) hours in general education electives. It is not necessary for all 6 hours to be from the same language.


A minimum grade of C is required in all courses. 

To enroll in all criminal justice courses, prerequisites must be completed with a C or higher.

A criminal justice course used to meet major requirements may not be attempted more than twice. Attempts include receiving a “W,” “WF,” and “AUDIT.” Appeals to this policy may be made to the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Women’s Studies Academic Affairs Committee.


A maximum of 6 hours may be earned from CRJU U490 Criminal Justice Internship


Courses taken for this concentration can count toward the CRJU major.

The B.S. in Criminal Justice is also offered through Palmetto College. Currently enrolled USC Upstate students who wish to transfer to the Palmetto College must have permission of the Chair of the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Women’s and Gender Studies. For more information,visit

Note: Fifteen credit hours of criminal justice (beyond CRJU U101 Introduction to Criminal Justice), including senor seminar, applied toward graduation must be awarded by USC Upstate.