Criminal Justice, AC


Program Description

Utah Tech’s criminal justice major is an interdisciplinary program that combines the study of criminal law, law enforcement, and criminology, providing a firm foundation for a myriad of careers. This course of study exposes students to the interconnected nature of the criminal justice system and explores criminological explanations for crime commission. Graduates from this program are prepared to enter applied positions in the criminal justice system or pursue graduate degrees in law, criminology, sociology, forensics psychology, etc. The associate’s degree in criminal justice as Utah Tech prepares students to continue their education in other criminal justice programs at various USHE institutions or at Utah Tech. This program emphasizes criminal law, criminal investigation, and the functioning of the criminal justice system.

Program Curriculum

60 credits

Utah Tech General Education Requirements

All Utah Tech General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to Utah Tech's minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Discipline Core Requirements
CJ 1010Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 1330Criminal Law3
CJ 1340Criminal Investigation3
CJ 2350Laws of Evidence3
Discipline Elective Requirements
Complete a minimum of 9 (nine) credits in any Utah Tech Criminal Justice courses other than CJ 4890R.
Students planning to earn a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice should take MATH 1040 to fulfill the GE: Mathematics requirement.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 20 lower-division credits at Utah Tech for institutional residency.
  3. Minimum C- grade in Discipline Core Requirements.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.

Graduation Plan

1st Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
First Year Recommended Elective2CJ 13303
CJ 10103CJ 13403
ENGL 10103ENGL 20103
MATH 0980 (if needed)4MATH 10403
General Education (Fine Arts)3General Elective1
 15 13
2nd Year
Fall SemesterHoursSpring SemesterHours
CJ 23503CJ elective (CJ course)3
CJ elective (CJ course)3CJ elective (CJ course)3
General Education (American Institutions)3General Education (Exploration)3
General Education (Physical Sciences / Lab)4General Education (Life Sciences)4
General Education (Literature/Humanities)3General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences)3
 16 16
Total Hours 60