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 this program may also be eligible to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy's Basic Corrections Program, which certifies individual to become eligible for employment as a corrections officer 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 programmatic outcomes for the B.S. Criminal Justice are: 

1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the following concepts: Theories of Criminal Behavior; The Law; Law Enforcement; Corrections; The Court System; Critical Thinking; Research Methodology and Statistics.

2. Graduating CJ majors will 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.

3. Students will apply ethical decision making skills and integrity in an ever-changing, global environment

4. Students will produce and present effective oral and written forms of communication appropriate to the profession

5. Students will analyze diversity issues in the criminal justice field

6. Students will evaluate the legal and social impacts of criminal law in our changing society

7. Students will apply critical problem solving and professional skills in an experiential learning environment

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

General Education Courses
CJ 411Crisis Intervention3
CJ 445Criminal Justice Capstone *3
EH 105College Writing *3
HE 111The Husson Experience ***1
MS 132Probability and Statistics3
PY 111General Psychology3
Fine Arts Elective3
Foreign Culture and Conversation Elective3
Historical Elective3
Humanities Elective 3
Lab Science Elective (Must also qualify as a sustainability elective)3
Literature Elective3
Math I Elective4
Perspectives Electives6
Philosophical Elective3
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
PL 200Criminal Law *3
Experiential Elective/ MCJA3
Open Electives/ MCJA9
BA/CJ/PL/PY Electives21
Total Hours122

Suggested Course Sequence 

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CJ 101*3CJ 225*3
EH 105*3PY 1113
HE 111***1Lab Science Elective (Must also qualify as a sustainability elective)3
Humanities Elective3Perspectives Elective 3
Philosophical Elective3Perspectives Elective3
Math I Elective4 
 17 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CJ 215*3CJ 2213
MS 1323CJ 235*3
PL 200*3CJ 4003
Literature Elective3Foreign Culture & Conversation Elective3
BA/CJ/PL/PY Elective 3BA/CJ/PL/PY Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CJ 3093CJ 3153
CJ 3103CJ 337 (/MCJA)3
CJ 341 (/MCJA)3CJ 4353
BA/CJ/PL/PY Elective3Fine Arts Elective3
BA/CJ/PL/PY Elective3BA/CJ/PL/PY Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CJ 330 (MCJA)3CJ 4113
CJ 445*3Historical Elective 3
Experiential/M.C.J.A.3BA/CJ/PL/PY Elective3
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