Undergraduate Major Requirements (48 credit hours):

In addition to completing (1) the University Undergraduate General Studies requirements (36 credit hours minimum), (2) the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions’ Interdisciplinary/Related-Area requirements (12 credit hours), (3) the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions’ Service-Based Learning requirements (3 credit hours), and (4) a sufficient number of elective courses to reach 120 credit hours, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice requires all students to complete the following requirements to earn the Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice:

  •  Eight Core Curriculum Courses (24 credit hours):
    • CRJ 100: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 201: Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 203: Courts and Sentencing (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 230: Introduction to Policing (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 240: Introduction to Corrections (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 302: Research Methods (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 303: Statistical Analysis (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 309: Criminology (3 credit hours)

  • One Course Devoted to Diversity and the Criminal Justice System Selected from the Following Two Options (3 credit hours):

    • CRJ 305: Gender, Crime, and Criminal Justice (3 credit hours); or
    • CRJ 306: Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice (3 credit hours)
  • Seven Elective Courses in the Major (21 credit hours):

    • Up to One Elective Course may be taken at the 200-level (3 credit hours)*
    • Up to Two Elective Courses may be taken at the 300-level (6 credit hours)*
    • At least Four Elective Courses must be taken at the 400-level (12 credit hours)

* Note that 200-level electives may be fulfilled by taking upper-division courses at the 300-or 400-level.  Similarly, 300-level electives may be fulfilled by taking 400-level courses.

Also note that students must meet minimum grading requirements (i.e., earning a grade of “C” or higher) in select courses. 

Additional requirements may apply; consult the Catalog for a complete listing of all degree requirements. 

 

Undergraduate Minor Requirements (18 credit hours):

  • Two Core Curriculum Courses (6 credit hours):
    • CRJ 100: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 309: Criminology (3 credit hours)
  • One Restricted Option Systems Course Selected from the Following Three Courses (3 credit hours):
    • CRJ 203: Courts and Sentencing (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 230: Introduction to Policing (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 240: Introduction to Corrections (3 credit hours)
  • One Course Devoted to Diversity and the Criminal Justice System Selected from the Following Two Options (3 credit hours):
    • CRJ 305: Gender, Crime, and Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 306: Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Justice (3 credit hours)
  • Two Upper-Division Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
  • Courses must be taken at the 300-level or higher
  • Neither internships nor independent studies may satisfy these elective requirements

Note that students must meet minimum grading requirements (i.e., earning a grade of “C” or higher) in select courses and must complete at least 12 credit hours of CRJ courses in-residence at ASU.

Additional requirements may apply; consult the Catalog for a complete listing of all requirements for the minor.

 

Master of Science Requirements (33 credit hours):

  • Four Core Curriculum Courses (12 credit hours):
    • CRJ 501: Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 502: Seminar in Criminology (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 503: Research Methods for Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 504: Statistical Tools for Criminology and Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
  • Two Criminal Justice Systems Courses Selected from the Following Three Options (6 credit hours):
    • CRJ 512: Seminar in Policing (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 513: Seminar in Courts and Sentencing (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 514: Seminar in Corrections (3 credit hours)
  • Differential Requirements by Type of Culminating Experience (15 credit hours):
    • For Thesis-Option:
      • Two Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
      • CRJ 604: Advanced Statistical Analysis (3 credit hours)
      • CRJ: 599 Thesis (6 credit hours)
    • For Nonthesis-Option:
      • Four Elective Courses (12 credit hours)
      • CRJ 505: Theory and Practice in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)

Note that students must meet minimum grading requirements (i.e., earning a grade of “C” or higher in all courses and a grade of “B” or higher in core curriculum/required courses).

Additional requirements may apply; consult the Catalog for a complete listing of all degree requirements. 

 

Master of Arts Requirements (33 credit hours):

  • Four Core Curriculum Courses (12 credit hours):
    • CRJ 501: Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 502: Seminar in Criminology (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 510: Criminal Justice Planning and Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 511: Applied Data Analysis in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
  • Six Elective Courses (18 credit hours):
  • Culminating Experience (3 credit hours):
    • CRJ 505: Theory and Practice in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)

Note that students must meet minimum grading requirements (i.e., earning a grade of “C” or higher in all courses and a grade of “B” or higher in select courses).

Additional requirements may apply; consult the Catalog for a complete listing of all degree requirements. 

 

PhD Requirements starting Fall 2021 (84 credit hours):

  • Three Core Curriculum Courses (9 credit hours):
    • CRJ 602: Seminar on Criminal Justice Policies and Practices (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 604: Advanced Statistical Analysis (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 605: Topics in Quantitative Methods (3 credit hours)
      • CRJ 605 may be repeated up to three times (9 credits) for different topics.

  • Three Criminal Justice Systems Courses Selected from the Following Four Options (9 credit hours):
    • CRJ 512: Seminar in Policing (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 513: Seminar in Courts and Sentencing (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 514: Seminar in Corrections (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 517: Seminar in Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (3 credit hours)
  • Three Courses in Criminological Theory (9 credit hours):
    • CRJ 601: Seminar on Criminological Theory (3 credit hours)
    • Any Two Selected from the Following Four Options (3 credit hours):
      • CRJ 521: Topics in Psychological Criminology (3 credit hours)
      • CRJ 523: Seminar in Network Criminology (3 credit hours)
      • CRJ 524: Seminar on Punishment and Society (3 credit hours)
      • CRJ 525: Seminar in Life-Course Criminology (3 credit hours)

  • Two Courses in Research Methods Selected from the Following Four Options (6 credit hours):
    • CRJ 510: Criminal Justice Planning and Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 531: Crime Mapping (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 540: Qualitative Methods (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 560: Specialized Research Methodologies (3 credit hours)

  • One Law Course Selected from the Following Three Options (3 credit hours):
    • CRJ 537: Criminal Procedure of Investigations (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 538: Seminar in Criminal Law and Social Control (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 539: Topics in Law, Crime, and Justice (3 credit hours)

  • Two to Six Elective Courses (6-18 credit hours)
    • Note that for students holding a masters or J.D. degree, up to 30 credit hours of prior graduate work may be credited toward the PhD. Students who fulfilled required courses as part of their master's or law degree programs will need to complete additional electives to ensure that they earn the required number of credit hours for the degree. 
  • Successful Completion of Comprehensive Examinations (no credit)

  • Successful Completion of Three Professional Development Workshops (no credit)
    • CRJ 614: Professional Development Practicum I: Professionalization (NC)
    • CRJ 615: Professional Development Practicum II: Teaching (NC)
    • CRJ 616: Professional Development Practicum III: The Job Market (NC)

  • Dissertation (12 credit hours)

Note that students must meet minimum grading requirements (i.e., earning a grade of “C” or higher in all courses and a grade of “B” or higher in core curriculum/required courses).

Additional requirements may apply; consult the Catalog for a complete listing of all degree requirements.

PhD Requirements before Fall 2021 (84 credit hours):

  • Five Core Curriculum Courses (15 credit hours):

    • CRJ 601: Seminar on Criminological Theory (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 602: Seminar on Criminal Justice Policies and Practices (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 603: Advanced Research Design (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 604: Advanced Statistical Analysis (3 credit hours)
    • CRJ 605: Topics in Quantitative Methods (3 credit hours)
      • CRJ 605 may be repeated up to three times (9 credits) for different topics.
  • Nine to Nineteen Elective Courses (27-57 credit hours):
  • For students holding a masters or J.D. degree:
    • Up to 30 credit hours of prior graduate work may be credited toward the PhD
    • Nine Elective Courses selected in consultation with the supervisory committee (27 credit hours)
  • For students holding only a bachelor’s degree :
    • Nineteen Elective Courses selected in consultation with the supervisory committee (57 credit hours)
  • Successful Completion of Comprehensive Examinations (no credit)
  • Dissertation (12 credit hours)

Note that students must meet minimum grading requirements (i.e., earning a grade of “C” or higher in all courses and a grade of “B” or higher in core curriculum/required courses).

Additional requirements may apply; consult the Catalog for a complete listing of all degree requirements.