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: 

Intro to Criminal Justice

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 IIMCL 105 and MCL 106
Arabic I and IIARBC 101 and ARBC 102
Armenian I and IIMCL 111 and MCL 112
French I and IIFREN 101 and FREN 102
German I and IIGER 101 and GER 102
Latin I and IILAT 101 and LAT 102
Spanish I and IISPAN 101 and SPAN 102

Major Requirements: 

Required Core Courses
CRJ 200Intro to Criminal Justice3
CRJ 468Criminology3
CRJ 363Crim Justice Syst and Policy 13
CRJ 480Criminal Justice Theory 13
CRJ 489Law, Crime, and Society 13
One Class from:
Crim Justice Syst and Policy
Criminal Justice Theory
Law, Crime, and Society
Special Topics in Criminal Justice (CAST)
Select 6 hours from the following:
Police and the Community
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 6 hours from the following:
Crim Justice Syst and Policy
Police and the Community
Intel and Homeland Security
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 (CARC)
Select 3-4 hours from the following:3-4
Political Analysis
Quantitative Research
Lab in Social Psychology
Total Credit Hours18-19

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 will require SOC 200 or SOC 201, or PSYC..
  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.

Minor or BGS/LIBS Concentration

Concentration consists of the following courses:

Intro to Criminal Justice
Criminal Law
Criminology
Select two courses from the following:3
Crim Justice Syst and Policy
Intel and Homeland Security
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 Hours3

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.