Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14

Majors

General Studies (BGS) with a concentration in Criminal Justice (GCJ)

Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 24.0106

Innovative Education

http://criminology.cbcs.usf.edu/

Major Description

USF's Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BGS) is a customized, interdisciplinary degree completion that provides students with options to choose an appropriate academic program that fits their educational and professional goals. The BGS program will provide mid-career adult students with the opportunity to integrate completion of the baccalaureate degree into their established lifestyle.

BGS students will take an active role in creating their academic programs. Rather than choosing a traditional major, BGS students can choose from a number of established plans of study or can create their own individualized plan of study. BGS students complete 24-27 credits (core courses and electives) within a selected concentration in addition to their other degree requirements.

Concentration Description

The Criminal Justice concentration provides students with an exposure to all facets of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, detention, the judiciary, corrections, and probation and parole. The program concentrates on achieving balance in the above aspects of the system from the perspective of the criminal justice professional, the offender, and society. The objective of the concentration in Criminal Justice is to develop a sound educational basis either for graduate work or for professional training in one or more of the specialized areas comprising the modern urban criminal justice system.

Total Major Hours: 24 Hours

Major Core Courses - 3 Hours

College EXIT Requirement:

Concentration Core Courses - 6 Hours

Concentration Requirements:
  • CCJ 3117 Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • CCJ 3024 Survey of the Criminal Justice System

Concentration Elective Courses - 15 Hours

Choose 3 credits from the following courses:

Choose 3 credits from the following courses: Choose 9 credits from the following courses:

Do not choose a course that has already been counted above.

Additional Major Requirements

Major Requirements

Upon acceptance to the BGS, students will complete the necessary coursework to reach 120 credit hours. The 120 credit hour requirement includes completing the following:

  • USF General Education (GE) requirements or approved equivalents - unless GE credits were completed at another Florida institution.
  • All USF exit requirements
  • All foreign language requirements
  • One or two disciplinary concentrations selected by the student and approved by the advisor.
  • A minimum of 48 semester hours of upper-level work (courses numbered 3000 and above)

Major Residency Requirement

At least 30 hours earned at USF Tampa.

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