Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)8 Semester Plan
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 45.0401
College of Behavioral & Community Sciences
The major in Criminology provides students with in-depth exposure to all facets of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, detention, the judiciary, corrections, juvenile justice 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, the victim, and society. The program provides a solid background in the theory, issues and methodology comprising Criminology.
The objective of the undergraduate program in Criminology 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.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the University's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program.
Total Major Hours: 36 Hours
Major Core Courses - 12 Hours
- CCJ 3024 Survey of the Criminal Justice System
- CCJ 3117 Theories of Criminal Behavior (P.R. CCJ 3024)
- CCJ 3701 Research Methods in Criminal Justice I (P.R. CCJ 3117)
- CCJ 4934 Seminar in Criminology (P.R. CCJ 3701)
Students must complete CCJ 3117 with a grade of C or better (not C-) prior to enrollment in CCJ 3701. Students must complete CCJ 3701 with a grade of C or better (not C-) prior to enrollment in CCJ 4934.
NOTE: No more than six (6) hours of CCJ 4900, CCJ 4910 or any combination of the two will be accepted toward the minimum number of hours in the major. A student may take an unlimited number of CCJ 4933 or 4934 courses as long as the courses vary in title.
Major Elective Courses - 24 Hours
Students should select 24 credit hours from the following list of courses:
- CCJ 3014 Crime and Justice in America
- CCJ 3621 Patterns of Criminal Behavior
- CCJ 3666 Victimology
- CCJ 4224 Miscarriages of Justice
- CCJ 4361 Death Penalty
- CCJ 4613 Forensic Psychology
- CCJ 4662 Race and Crime
- CCJ 4681 Domestic Violence
- CCJ 4690 Sex Offenders
- CCJ 4933 Selected Topics in Criminology
- CCJ 4940 Internship (See advisor)
- CJC 4010 American Correctional System
- CJE 4010 Juvenile Justice System
- CJE 4114 American Law Enforcement Systems
- CJE 4610 Criminal Investigation
- CJL 3110 Substantive Criminal Law
- CJL 4115 Environmental Law & Crime
- CJL 4410 Criminal Rights and Procedures
Additional Major Requirements
Major GPA Requirement
2.00 or higher Major GPA
Major Grade Requirement
Criminology majors are limited to one grade of "D+" or lower in their major coursework. Any student who receives a grade of "D+" or lower in more than one USF Criminology major course will either need to utilize grade forgiveness in order to comply with the rule or seek major reselection. Future registration in Criminology major courses will be restricted for students who are not in compliance with the "D" rule. If a student has exhausted all available grade forgiveness opportunities and remains in non-compliance with the "D" rule, the student will be required to seek major reselection.
Major Residency Requirement
Residency Requirement: A minimum of 30 credit hours of major course work must be taken in residence at the University of South Florida. Therefore, no more than 6 credit hours of transfer work (two courses) will be accepted to meet major requirements.
Major Foreign Language Requirement
In addition to the foreign language entrance requirement, all students applying for a Bachelor of Arts degree from USF must demonstrate competency in a foreign language. To demonstrate this competency, students may take either two semesters of a beginning college-level foreign language or one semester of a higher-level course and earn a letter grade of “C” (no “S” grades) or above in the appropriate level course or demonstrate equivalent competency by passing an examination. Students may fulfill this requirement by demonstrating fluency in a language other than English and proficiency in English, as demonstrated in successful coursework or examination in English.