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 Course Requirements

To successfully complete the program for graduation, all students must:

  • Maintain a minimum of a 2.75 GPA in the major
  • Maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA overall 
  • Meet the CJS major requirements listed below
  • Complete 30 credits at the 300/400 level (this includes courses in major, excluding Experiential Learning)
  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits with at least 45 at UMass Dartmouth
  • Complete the University Studies requirements
  • Complete the distribution requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • All courses counting for the major must be completed with a C- or higher
  • Complete all required CJS core courses, 3 CJS electives within the Crime and Justice Studies department and 4 interdisciplinary courses in the social sciences or humanities
Course Requirements for students who joined our program before Fall 2014 must meet the following requirements for Graduation   Course Requirements for students who joined our program in Fall 2014 and all students who updated to our new requirements for Graduation

Complete all required CJS core courses, 3 CJS electives within the Crime and Justice Studies department and 4 interdisciplinary courses in the social sciences or humanities

Required Core Courses - 24 credits

CJS 190 - Introduction to Crime and Justice Studies

CJS 205 - Social Theory

CJS 257 - Justice and Society

CJS 258 - Criminological Theory

CJS 315 - Research Methods

CJS 400 - Contemporary Topics in Justice

CJS 450 - Internship

Crime and Justice Studies Electives - 12 credits
Students must take at least three (3) 300-level CJS electives.

CJS 311 - Youth, Crime and Justice

CJS/BLS 314 - Social Control

CJS/WGS 321 - Women and the Criminal/Legal System

CJS/WGS 324 - Gender, Crime and In-Justice

CJS/BLS 339 - Racism, Crime, and Justice

CJS 340 - Law and Society

CJS 342 - Construction of Crime Types and Behaviors

CJS 350 - Readings in Crime and Justice Studies

CJS/POL 366 - Justice and Policy

CJS/BLS 368 - Politics of Policing

CJS 370 - Criminal Law and Procedure

CJS 372 - Peace Studies

CJS 374 - Transformitive Justice

CJS 386 - Prison Industrial Complex

CJS 492 - Thesis Research I

CJS 493 - Thesis Research II

Interdisciplinary Electives
Students must choose twelve (12) credits of upper level electives, no more than 6 credits from any one discipline. All social science and humanities courses that are not cross-listed with CJS qualify for this requirement.

Gender and Sexuality Elective
One of the courses taken for either CJS Electives or interdisciplinary electives must address the topic of gender and sexuality. All courses cross-listed with WGS fulfill the gender and sexuality requirement.

Race and Ethnicity Elective
One of the courses taken for either CJS Electives or interdisciplinary electives must address the topic of race and ethnicity. All courses cross-listed with BLS fulfill the race and ethnicity requirement

Total Credits: 42


Note: Work experience or internships outside of the department may not be substituted for CJS 450 Internship.

As part of the articulation agreement with the Massachusetts Community Colleges, it is anticipated that students arriving with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice or a closely related field may have satisfied the requirements for CJS 190 Introduction to Crime and Justice Studies. We do not transfer CJS electives (with the exception of CJS 370). Those requirements must be completed within the Department of Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Current or future confirmed employers cannot be used as placements for the CJS 450 Internship requirement. 

 

Complete all required CJS core courses and 4 CJS electives within the Crime and Justice Studies department

Required Core Courses - 24 credits

CJS 190 - Introduction to Crime and Justice Studies

CJS 205 - Social Theory

CJS 257 - Justice and Society

CJS 258 - Criminological Theory

CJS 315 - Research Methods

CJS 380 - Abolitionism

CJS 400 - Contemporary Topics in Justice

CJS 450 - Internship

Crime and Justice Studies Electives - 12 credits

Students must take at least four (4) 300-level CJS electives.

CJS 311 - Youth, Crime and Justice

CJS/BLS 314 - Social Control

CJS/WGS 321 - Women and the Criminal/Legal System

CJS/WGS 324 - Gender, Crime and In-Justice

CJS/BLS 339 - Racism, Crime, and Justice

CJS 340 - Law and Society

CJS 342 - Construction of Crime Types and Behaviors

CJS 350 - Readings in Crime and Justice Studies

CJS/POL 366 - Justice and Policy

CJS/BLS 368 - Politics of Policing

CJS 370 - Criminal Law and Procedure

CJS 372 - Peace Studies

CJS 374 - Transformitive Justice

CJS 386 - Prison Industrial Complex

CJS 492 - Thesis Research I

CJS 493 - Thesis Research II

Total Credits: 36


Note: Work experience or internships outside of the department may not be substituted for CJS 450 Internship.

As part of the articulation agreement with the Massachusetts Community Colleges, it is anticipated that students arriving with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice or a closely related field may have satisfied the requirements for CJS 190 Introduction to Crime and Justice Studies. We do not transfer CJS Electives (with the exception of CJS 370). Those requirements must be completed within the Department of Crime and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Current or future confirmed employers cannot be used as placements for the CJS 450 Internship requirement. 

 

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