Criminal Justice, AC


Program Description

DSU’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 DSU prepares students to continue their education in other criminal justice programs at various USHE institutions or at DSU. This program emphasizes criminal law, criminal investigation, and the functioning of the criminal justice system.

Program Curriculum

60 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’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 DSU 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 DSU for institutional residency.
  3. Minimum C- grade in Discipline Core Requirements.
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
First Year Recommended Elective 2
CJ 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
MATH 0980 Transitional Math IIB (if needed) 4
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
Spring Semester
CJ 1330 Criminal Law 3
CJ 1340 Criminal Investigation 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
MATH 1040 Introduction to Statistics (MA) 3
General Elective 1
2nd Year
Fall Semester
CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence 3
CJ elective (CJ course) 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Physical Sciences / Lab) 4
General Education (Literature/Humanities) 3
Spring Semester
CJ elective (CJ course) 3
CJ elective (CJ course) 3
General Education (Exploration) 3
General Education (Life Sciences) 4
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
 Total Hours60