University of Dubuque


Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice major enables students to:

  • Plan careers within the field of Criminal Justice after developing an understanding of basic principles relative to the field of Criminal Justice;
  • Build a solid base of knowledge from which to draw in the performance of their work in the field of Criminal Justice;
  • Refine their oral and written communication skills appropriate to the level of academic achievement and the Criminal Justice employment opportunities sought by them;
  • Gain a wider and deeper understanding of the society in which they will perform their duties and of the societal issues that contribute to and influence the work they will perform as Criminal Justice practitioners;
  • Gain practical experience and insight into the Criminal Justice system;
  • Realistically assess the requirements of a specific Criminal Justice career and their interests, aptitudes, desires, and abilities as well as build a substantial foundation on which to form their future professional lives.

Criminal Justice Curriculum

A major in Criminal Justice requires 36 credits consisting of:
28 hours of department core to include:

  • SCJ 104-Voices/Values/Vocation in SOC/CJ (1)
  • SOC 111-Introduction to Sociology (3) or SOC 112-Contemporary Social Problems (3)
  • SCJ 211-Criminal Law (3)
  • SCJ 212-Criminal Procedure (3)
  • SCJ 231-Criminology (3)
  • SCJ 232-Criminal Justice (3)
  • SCJ 233-Juvenile Delinquency (3)
  • SOC 311-Inequalities of Race, Class and Gender (3) or
  • SOC 331-Social Stratification (3) or
  • SOC 336-Social Theory (3)
  • SCJ 385, 386, 387, 485, 486,487-Internship (3-9)
  • SCJ 495-Senior Seminar: Ethics and Criminal Justice (3)
  • and 8 credits of electives from Sociology or Criminal Justice courses.

Those majoring in Criminal Justice must receive a grade of C or better in each core and required course.
A minor in Criminal Justice requires 21 credits in Sociology and Criminal Justice

  • SOC 111-Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • SCJ 231-Criminology (3)
  • SCJ 232-Criminal Justice (3)
  • SCJ 233-Juvenile Delinquency (3)
  • SOC 331-Social Stratification (3)
  • and 6 credits selected from Criminal Justice

University of Dubuque graduates in Criminal Justice may seek careers as researchers and/or university teachers by continuing study at a graduate level. The study of Criminal Justice provides an excellent background for graduate programs in law, criminal justice, social work and other related disciplines. A major or minor in Criminal Justice prepares graduates for effective participation in a variety of careers in diverse fields such as government, education, criminology, criminal justice, law enforcement and corrections, community service, mental health services, human services, media and information systems, and business.

The department offers the Bachelor of Arts degree.