Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology and Criminal Justice is a field that focuses on the study of criminal behavior and society’s response to it. The field draws upon the insights of the social and behavioral sciences, the physical sciences, statistics, and the humanities to illuminate the issues of maintaining social order in a constitutional democracy committed to individual freedom, equality, and justice. More specifically, the field focuses on the causes and prevention of criminal behavior. The criminal justice system is composed of the police agencies, prosecutors, the legal profession, the courts, and correctional agencies, among others. The system is part of a larger social system which invariably influences the effectiveness and fairness of our justice system. Criminal justice analyzes system responses to the changes in social values and law enforcement. The program in Criminology and Criminal Justice at UM-Dearborn prepares students for diverse careers in law, justice, public administration, policy analysis, public security, and for graduate work in the social and behavioral sciences.

Prerequisites: 

CRJ 200Intro to Criminal Justice3

Dearborn Discovery Core Requirement

The minimum passing grade for a Dearborn Discovery Core (DDC) course is 2.0. The minimum GPA for the program is 2.0. In addition, the DDC permits any approved course to satisfy up to three credit hours within three different categories. Please see the General Education Program: The Dearborn Discovery Core section for additional information.

Foundational Studies

Written and Oral Communication (GEWO) – 6 Credits

Upper Level Writing Intensive (GEWI) – 3 Credits

Quantitative Thinking and Problem Solving (GEQT) – 3 Credits

Critical and Creative Thinking (GECC) – 3 Credits

Areas of Inquiry

Natural Science (GENS) – 7 Credits

  • Lecture/Lab Science Course
  • Additional Science Course

Social and Behavioral Analysis (GESB) – 9 Credits

Humanities and the Arts (GEHA) – 6 Credits

Intersections (GEIN) – 6 Credits

Capstone

Capstone (GECE) – 3 Credits

Foreign Language Requirement

Complete a two-semester beginning language sequence.

Ancient Greek I and II MCL 105 and MCL 106
Arabic I and II ARBC 101 and ARBC 102
Armenian I and II MCL 111 and MCL 112
French I and II FREN 101 and FREN 102
German I and II GER 101 and GER 102
Latin I and II LAT 101 and LAT 102
Spanish I and II SPAN 101 and SPAN 102

Major Requirements: 

Required Core Courses
CRJ 416Criminal Law3
CRJ 468Criminology3
CRJ 482Legal Ethics3
CRJ 478Criminal Justice Internship3
CRJ 488Criminal Procedure3
One Class from: 3
Crim Justice Syst and Policy
Criminal Justice Theory
Law, Crime, and Society
Special Topics in Criminal Justice (CAST)
Select two classes from the following:6
Police and the Community
Crimmigration
Law & Culture
Drugs, Alcohol, and Society
Drugs, Crime, and Justice
Juvenile Delinquency
Current Issues in Crim Justice
Comp Crim Justice Systems
Correctional Systems
Race, Crime and Justice
Cyber Crimes
Digital Evidence
Inside Out Prison Exchange
Criminal Justice Theory
White Collar Crime
Criminalistics: CSI to Justice
Forensic Science
Topics in Criminal Jusice
Social Justice and Social Control (CAJC)
Select two classes from the following:6
Crim Justice Syst and Policy
Police and the Community
Intel and Homeland Security
Restorative Justice
Crimmigration
Gender Roles
Family Violence
Sociology of Law
Law & Culture
Cops & Cons: Women in Prison
Deviant Behavior/Soc Disorganz
Drugs, Alcohol, and Society
Drugs, Crime, and Justice
Juvenile Delinquency
Current Issues in Crim Justice
Race, Crime and Justice
Inside Out Prison Exchange
Criminal Justice Theory
White Collar Crime
Law, Crime, and Society
Research Methods (CAQS)
Select one class from the following:3-4
Political Analysis
Quantitative Research
Qualitative Research Methods
CJ Research Methods
Total Credit Hours33-34

Internship/Co-op Experience

An internship or co-op experience of 3 credit hours is required. The CRJ internship provides supervised field experience in a variety of occupational agencies focusing on criminal justice and law enforcement. Each intern spends a minimum of 80 hours on site and attends a weekly seminar. Currently employed sworn federal, state, and local officers or agents may waive, through petition, the internship field experience. All students are required to register for and attend the weekly seminar.

Notes:

  1. Any one course may be used to satisfy only one requirement within the major.
  2. A maximum of 61 hrs. of CRJ can count toward the 120 hrs. required for graduation.
  3. A maximum of 6 hrs. of internship (CRJ 478) credit may count in the minimum 33 hours for the major.
  4. At least 15 of the upper level hours in CRJ must be elected at UM-D.
  5. Some upper level CRJ courses may require SOC 200 or SOC 201, or PSYC 101.
  6. Only 6 hours of academic transfer credit will be accepted for completion of police academy training programs meeting the standards of the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement.

Accelerated Program: 4+1

The 4+1 accelerated program option allows current UM-Dearborn undergraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice majors to complete both the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice in a format that offers substantial savings in both time and money. This is achieved by a double-counting allowance of up to 15 credits or 5 graduate level (500-level or above) courses. One additional year of graduate work (15-16 credits) would be needed to complete the Master's program enabling students to earn two degrees in a total of five years. 

Participation in the 4+1 program is limited to students who have completed at least 60 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Admission to the 4+1 program is at the discretion of the Program Director and requires an admission interview. The "regular" online graduate application should be completed with a "Yes" response to the 4+1 accelerated program question. The only supplemental application materials required for 4+1 applicants are a personal statement describing career goals and a resume.

Once admitted to the 4+1 program, the student must attain a grade of B- or better in each 500 level class elected.  Failure to do so may result in removal from the 4+1 program.  The courses to choose from are: 

  • CRJ 417/517 Crimmigration
  • CRJ 453/553 Sociology of Law
  • CRJ 465/565 Deviant Behavior
  • CRJ 418/518 Criminal Justice Research methods
  • CRJ 470/570 Current Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 415/515 Principles of Restorative Justice
  • CRJ 488/588 Criminal Procedure and the Constitution
  • CRJ 409/509 Intelligence and Homeland Security
  • CRJ 460/560 Law and Culture
  • CRJ 466/566 Drugs, Alcohol and Society
  • CRJ 482/582 Legal Ethics

For further information about the Accelerated 4+1 Program, contact Professor Donald Shelton, Director, desjd@umich.edu or 313-583-6404.

Minor or LIBS Concentration

The minor or concentration consists of the following courses:

CRJ 200Intro to Criminal Justice3
CRJ 416Criminal Law3
CRJ 468Criminology3
Select two courses from the following (CACR):6
Crim Justice Syst and Policy
Police and the Community
Intel and Homeland Security
Restorative Justice
Crimmigration
CJ Research Methods
Current Issues in Crim Justice
Comp Crim Justice Systems
Correctional Systems
Cyber Crimes
Digital Evidence
Criminal Justice Theory
Legal Ethics
White Collar Crime
Forensic Science
Criminal Procedure
Law, Crime, and Society
Total Credit Hours15

Evening and Saturday Offerings

The criminology and criminal justice program is committed to offering both a day and evening/weekend program. Evening/weekend students should watch for infrequently offered courses and take them when available. If a required course is not offered during a reasonable period, a full-time evening student may petition to substitute another course.