Academic Catalog

Criminal Justice Palmetto College Major, Bachelor of Science

The Palmetto College Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice is intended to provide students who have earned 60 hours of college credit with the opportunity to complete their degree in an online program. Course work is typically offered in a fast-paced 8-week format. For more information visit 

General Education Courses
I. Communication
ENGL U101Composition I3
ENGL U102Composition II3
SPCH U201Foundations in Oral Communication3
II. Mathematics, Logic & Natural Sciences
Mathematics: Select one of the following courses. 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
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
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
Psychological Statistics
III. Information Technology
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
Intro to Music Technology
Strategies for Information Discovery
IV. Fine Arts, Humanities & History
Fine Arts:
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
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:
Select three of the following:9
Introduction to African American Studies
Understanding Other Cultures
Introduction to Geography
American National Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Interpersonal Communication
Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
VII. General Education Electives
Choose from the options below if hours are required in the major.
General Ed. Electives:0-6
Select any approved general education course or courses
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 Major Courses
Choose One Option15
Option 1: Select 15 credits of additional upper-level criminal justice courses
Option 2: Crime Analysis Concentration 3
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
Select one of the following:3
Criminal Justice Ethics
Contemporary Moral Issues
The Ethical Factor
Select one course from the following disciplines: African American Studies, Anthropology, Child Advocacy Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Women’s & Gender Studies3
Cognate 2
Select 12 credits12
Select 20 credits20
Total Hours 120

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.


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

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

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." Appeals to this policy may be made to the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Women’s and Gender Studies Academic Affairs Committee.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice offered through the Palmetto College is a separate degree from the USC Upstate Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Currently enrolled USC Upstate students who wish to transfer to the Palmetto College must have permission of the Chair of Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Women’s and Gender Studies.