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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminology and Criminal Justice, (B.A.)

Program objectives for a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice are: (a) exhibit an understanding of the important functions, organization, and fundamental concepts of the operation of the criminal justice system (police, law/courts, corrections) in a democratic society; (b) acquire knowledge of the development of the components of the criminal justice system from an historical and cross-cultural perspective; (c) know the major theorists and theoretical orientations that help explain criminal behavior; (d) be able to understand, analyze, and critically evaluate basic research and data relevant to crime and the criminal justice system; (e) demonstrate an ability to formulate a thesis and to gather and critically assess information appropriate to a topic under study; (f) have the ability to effectively communicate both in written and oral form; (g) have an understanding of career and educational options that a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice provides.

University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University  for the University General Education Program requirements.

College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (6-9 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements  are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements.

The Major (39 hours)

Completion of 39 semester hours including


Students will be allowed no more than 6 hours of credit toward the degree in non-classroom courses such as internships and individual directed studies.


Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

Honors Program

Majors who have completed at least 55 hours of coursework (with at least 9 hours in Criminology & Criminal Justice), have an inclusive grade point average of at least 3.25, and a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.25 in the major are invited to apply for admissions to the department’s honors program. Students who are admitted must complete 15 hours of honors coursework in the Department, with at least 9 hours being upper-division criminal justice courses. Honor students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.25. Students who complete the program and the regular college requirement will be recognized at the commencement ceremony by having their degrees conferred “With Honors in Criminology and Criminal Justice.” The student’s diploma and the official record at The University of Memphis will also reflect this accomplishment.

Typical 4-Year Criminology and Criminal Justice Sequence

Semester Totals 30-31 hrs

Sophomore Year

Semester Totals 32 hrs

Junior Year

Semester Totals 30 hrs

Senior Year

  • CJUS UD elective (3)
  • CJUS UD elective (3)
  • UD elective outside major (3)
  • UD elective outside major (3)
  • UD elective outside major (3)

  • Elective (3)
  • Elective outside major (4)
  • CJUS UD elective (3)

Semester Totals 28 hrs

Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement