B.S. Criminal Justice/B.S. Psychology

This is a five-year dual degree major in which the student, upon completion of program requirements, is awarded the degrees of B.S. Criminal Justice and B.S. Psychology-MHRT-C. This course of study is prompted by homeland security training requirements and the expanding needs of such agencies as the FBI, CIA, and criminal investigation agencies. The latter cite an increasing demand for profilers with investigative and human behavior backgrounds. The B.S. Psychology-MHRT-C qualifies a student for State of Maine Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician-Community level certification.

This unique curriculum provides a strong core of professional courses as well as varied liberal arts offerings leading to Bachelor's degrees in both Criminal Justice and Psychology. The course of study is structured to expose students to core theoretical, clinical and practical topics in complementary disciplines with elective based courses and fieldwork opportunities allowing the individual learner to tailor the program to include unique interests.

The dual degree program also provides the option of attending the Maine Criminal Justice Academy's Pre-Service Training program, allowing the student to earn six college credits and become eligible to work as a part-time law enforcement officer in the State of Maine. Those students in their final year of study may choose instead to attend the Academy's Basic Law Enforcement Training Program to become eligible to work as a full-time law enforcement officer in the State of Maine, while earning fifteen college credits.

During the fourth and fifth years, students are required to complete a practicum experience in Psychology and may choose to complete an internship in a Criminal Justice related setting. Upon completion of the core Psychology coursework, the student is also able to apply for certification as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician, Community Level (MHRT-C) in the State of Maine. These opportunities allow the student to meaningfully integrate classroom based learning into a real world application of knowledge. The dual degree student is therefore ideally positioned for entry level positions in both professions as well as post-baccalaureate study at a graduate level.

In order to earn both degrees, students will be expected to fulfill the program objectives for the B.S. Criminal Justice and B.S. Psychology.

General Education Courses
AC 120Introduction to Accounting3
BA 311Human Resource Management3
CM 221Professional Communications3
EH 123Rhetoric and Composition I *3
EH 124Rhetoric and Composition II *3
EH 200Approaches to Literature *3
HE 111The Husson Experience ***1
HY 211American National Government3
MS 141Contemporary College Algebra4
MS 132Probability and Statistics3
PH 110Introduction to Ethics3
SC Science Elective with Lab3
SY 201Principles of Sociology3
or SY 222 Cultural Anthropology
Fine Arts Elective3
Foreign Language and Cultural Elective3
Open Elective3
Co-curriculum 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 341Investigations3
CJ 435Management & Criminal Justice3
CJ 445Criminal Justice Capstone3
CJ 490Forensic Psychology *3
CJ Advanced Electives (5) or Maine Criminal Justice Academy15
PL 200Criminal Law *3
PY 111General Psychology *3
PY 141Human Growth and Development3
PY 231Social Psychology *3
PY 232Abnormal Psychology3
PY 242Research Methods3
PY 322Diversity & Multiculturalism3
PY 333Psychology of Personality3
PY 335Intro to Rehabilitation3
PY 340Physiological Psychology3
PY 341Gerontology3
PY 411Psychological Tests and Measurements3
PY 431Behavior Modification/Seminar in Learning3
PY 442Seminar in Psychology3
PY 450Introduction to Counseling and Psychotherapy3
PY 447Trauma and Recovery3
PY 491Field Placement3
PY Elective3
Total Hours152

Suggested Course Sequence 

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CJ 101*3EH 124*3
HE 111***1PY 1413
MS 1414CJ 225*3
PH 1103SY 201 or 2223
PY 111*3Lab Science Elective3
EH 123*3 
 17 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CJ 215*3PL 200*3
EH 200*3PY 2423
CJ 3093Foreign Culture and Conversation Elective3
PY 2323Open Elective3
MS 1323PY 231*3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CJ 3103CJ 2213
CJ 3413PY 3413
CM 2213CJ 235*3
PY 3333HY 2113
PY 3403PY 3223
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AC 120 CJ 3153
PY 3353BA 3113
PY 4113CJ 4353
PY 4473PY 4313
Fine Arts Elective3PY 4503
 12 15
Fifth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CJ 445*3CJ 490*3
Psychology Elective3PY 4423
Advanced Elective/M.C.J.A.3PY 4913
Advanced Elective/M.C.J.A.3Advanced Elective/M.C.J.A.3
Advanced Elective/M.C.J.A.3Advanced Elective/M.C.J.A.3
 15 15
Total Hours: 149