B.S. Criminal Justice

Students are expected to complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of course work and related activity in the Bachelor of Science program. This program provides both a strong core of professional courses as well as a varied liberal arts background. Students in this program are eligible to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy's Pre-Service Training Program, which certifies individuals to become eligible for employment as part-time law enforcement officers in the State of Maine, and receive six college credits as well. Students in their last year of the program may choose to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy's Basic Law Enforcement Training Program to be eligible for employment as a full time law enforcement officer in the State of Maine and receive fifteen college credits as well. Students are also encouraged to do internships in law enforcement agencies, offices, and businesses for hands-on experiential learning. This program will prepare graduates for entry level positions and also for future advancement to leadership positions in the profession.

The program objectives for the B.S. Criminal Justice are: 

  • To demonstrate excellent or outstanding understanding of the key concepts of Criminal Justice: 
    • Administration of Justice
    • Law Enforcement
    • Law Adjudication
    • Corrections
    • Criminological Theory
    • Research and Analytical Methods
  • To apply ethical decision-making skills and integrity in an ever changing global environment.
  • To produce and present effective oral and written forms of communication.
  • To analyze diversity issues in the criminal justice field

The following classes are required to complete this program of study:

General Education Courses
BA 311Human Resource Management3
EH 123Rhetoric and Composition I *3
EH 124Rhetoric and Composition II *3
EH 200Approaches to Literature3
HE 111The Husson Experience ***1
MS 132Probability and Statistics3
MS 141Contemporary College Algebra4
PY 111General Psychology3
Communications Electives6
Ethics Elective3
Fine Arts Elective3
Foreign Culture and Conversation Elective3
Global Perspectives Elective 3
Lab Science Elective3-4
Co-curricular activity and community service are required
Professional Courses
CJ 101Intro to Justice & Pub Safety *3
CJ 215Police Operations *3
CJ 221Criminalistics3
CJ 225Criminal Procedure *3
CJ 235Criminology *3
CJ 309Constitutional Law3
CJ 310Mod Penology and Corrections3
CJ 315Juvenile Justice3
CJ 330Ethics in Criminal Justice3
CJ 337Interviewing and Interrogation3
CJ 341Investigations3
CJ 400Evidence3
CJ 435Management & Criminal Justice3
CJ 445Criminal Justice Capstone *3
PL 200Criminal Law *3
Select one of the following:3
Experiential Elective
Basic Law Enforcement Training
Select one of the following:12
Open Electives (4)
Basic Law Enforcement Training
BA/CJ/PL/PY Electives18
Total Hours122-123

Suggested Course Sequence 

First Year
CJ 101*3CJ 225*3
EH 123*3EH 124*3
HE 111***1PY 1113
MS 1414Global Perspectives Elective3
Communications Elective3Lab Science Elective3-4
Ethics Elective3 
 17 15-16
Second Year
CJ 215*3CJ 2213
EH 2003CJ 235*3
MS 1323CJ 4003
PL 200*3Foreign Culture & Conversation Elective3
BA/CJ/PL/PY Elective 3BA/CJ/PL/PY Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
CJ 3093CJ 3153
CJ 3103CJ 3373
CJ 3413CJ 4353
Communications Elective3Fine Arts Elective3
BA/CJ/PL/PY Elective3BA/CJ/PL/PY Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
CJ 3303BA 3113
CJ 445*3BA/CJ/PL/PY Elective3
Experiential/M.C.J.A.3Open Elective/M.C.J.A.3
BA/CJ/PL/PY Elective3Open Elective/M.C.J.A.3
Open Elective/M.C.J.A.3Open Elective/M.C.J.A.3
 15 15
Total Hours: 122-123