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Toya Like, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Undergraduate degree requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Degree requirements:

The B.A. degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology requires a total of 36 credit hours in addition to the general education requirements for a degree in The College of Arts and Sciences. For detailed CJC undergraduate course descriptions, click here.

Required courses:

CJC 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice; 3 hours
CJC 319 Theoretical Criminology; 3 hours
CJC 363* Introduction to Statistics in Sociology and Criminal Justice; 3 hours
CJC 483 Methods of Sociological Research; 3 hours
 -or-
CJC 486 Methods of Program Evaluation; 3 hours
CJC 470WI** Capstone: Criminal Justice and Criminology; 3 hours

*Math 235 is not a substitute for CJC 363
**Students are expected to take CJC 470WI after they finish all other CJC courses. CJC 470WI is open only to CJC majors in their last semester of coursework.

 

Two of the following are also required:
CJC 265 Delinquency and Juvenile Justice; 3 hours
CJC 250 Introduction to Policing; 3 hours
CJC 260 Principles and Practices of Criminal Courts; 3 hours
CJC 270 Principles of Corrections; 3 hours

 

Students should receive a grade of no lower than a C- in all required courses:
CJC 101
CJC 319
CJC 363
CJC 483 or CJC 486
CJC 470WI
and must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 in the major.

 

It is suggested that students broaden their course choices by selecting related offerings in English (especially those courses that stress writing skills), philosophy, history, geography, political science, psychology, sociology and public administration.

 

Transfer students may be credited with a maximum of 15 CJC credit hours (the introductory course plus 12 hours of electives) from other institutions. However, please note that students transferring from community colleges must fit the following distribution of 15 hours credited toward the major: the Introductory course, 2 courses equivalent to Pick Two options, and only two Electives.

 

Students with more than one academic major may apply only 9 credit hours from another degree program toward the CJC major.

Undergraduate degree requirements

Undergraduate Minor in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Undergraduate students can obtain a Minor in Criminal Justice and Criminology. A minimum of 18 credit hours is required, including the introductory course CJC 101.  At least 9 of the 18 credit hours must be in courses at the 300 or 400 level, and at least 9 of the 18 credit hours must be taken at UMKC.  Only 6 credit hours from the major field of study may be applied toward a CJC minor, and only 3 credit hours may overlap between two minors.  Students should also receive a grade no lower than a C- in the required course and should have an overall 2.0 GPA for the minor.

Minor Requirements:

Undergraduate students can obtain a Criminal Justice and Criminology minor.

  • A minimum of 18 credit hours is required, including the introductory courses CJC 101.
  • At least 9 of the 18 credit hours must be in courses at the 300 or 400 levels, in addition to at least 9 credit hours taken from UMKC.
  • Only 3 credit hours from the major field of study may be applied toward the minor.

Major and Minor Course Restrictions:

In selecting courses to fulfill the 15 credit hours of CJC electives, CJC majors and minors should be aware of the following restrictions:

  • No more than 6 credit hours of Directed Studies, CJC 490, may be used to fulfill CJC elective requirements.
  • Participation in only one internship, CJC 491, may be used to fulfill CJC elective requirements.
  • No more than 3 credit hours of Topics in Criminal Justice (CJC 492), may be used to fulfill CJC elective requirements.
  • Students who are pursuing the CJC major or minor are strongly encouraged to meet with the CJC Department advisor each semester to review their progress toward degree completion, as well as to determine the appropriateness of coursework selected.
 

Resources

Forms

B.A. REQUIREMENTS

(New Document) CJC Major Declaration starting in
Fall 2010 [pdf]

CJC Major Declared between
Fall 2009 and Summer 2010 [pdf]

CJC Majors Declared between
Fall 2007 and Summer 2009 [pdf]

CJC Majors Declared between
Fall 2001 and Summer 2007 [pdf]

Office Hours [pdf]

Course information

Spring 2014 schedule [pdf]

Undergraduate course descriptions

Related links

Office of Admissions

Financial Aid and Scholarship Office

Contact us

Undergraduate Advisor
Andrew Fox's
Phone: 816-235-5955
Email: foxan@umkc.edu

Jacob Banion
Phone: 816-235-5165
Email: jeb7r3@umkc.edu

 

Degree Audits and Minor Advising:
Kristi Holsinger
Phone: 816-235-1471
Email: holsingerk@umkc.edu