Sample Degree Pathway for Criminal Justice - General Option

For students who entered fall 2012 to summer 2015.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1010 (Gen Ed) College Writing I 3
CRIM.1010 The CJ System4 3
CRIM.2210 Criminology4 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities)2
3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)2 3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar1 1
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 (Gen Ed) College Writing II 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science w/lab 4
CRIM.1410 Intro to Policing4 3
CRIM.1510 Intro to Corrections4 3
MATH.2830 Intro to Statistics(Gen. Ed.) Math 3
Total 16

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
CRIM.xxxx CJ Elective #15 3
CRIM.2340 Criminal Law4 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)2 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science w/lab 4
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective3 3
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
CRIM.xxxx CJ Elective #25 3
CRIM.xxxx CJ Elective #35 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science)2 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities)2 3
xxxx.xxxx CJ Skill: Language/Computer
3
Total 15

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
CRIM.3/4xxx CJ Elective #45 3
CRIM.3900 CJ Research Methods4 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) AH (Arts/Humanities)2 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science (non-lab) 3
xxxx.xxxx CJ Skill: Language/Computer
3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
CRIM.3/4xxx CJ Elective #55 3
xxxx.xxxx CJ/SS or Minor course #16 3
xxxx.xxxx CJ/SS or Minor course #26 3
xxxx.xxxx CJ Skill: Language/Computer
3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective3 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.3/4xxx CJ or Minor course #36 3
xxxx.3/4xxx CJ or Minor course #46 3
xxxx.xxxx CJ Skill: Language/Computer
3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective3 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective3 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
CRIM.3/4xxx CJ Elective #55 3
CRIM.3/4xxx CJ Elective #66
3
xxxx.3/4xxx SS or Minor course #66 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective3 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective3 3
Total 15
Total Minimum Credits = 120

1Required for all entering freshmen; not required for those who transfer to UMass Lowell or into the CJ major.
2Gen. Ed. requirements also include a diversity and ethics designation.
3Free electives must be from departments other than Criminal Justice.
4Criminal Justice Core.
5Three (3) Criminal Justice Electives can be at any level. Three (3) Criminal Justice Electives must be at the 3000 level or above. (18 credits required)
6A minor requires two courses at the 3000/4000 level. Students choosing the CJ/SS option must have two SS courses at the 3000/4000 level AND two CJ courses at the 3000/4000 level.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Notes: 

  • CJ Majors must maintain a 2.5 CJ GPA to remain in the major and an overall GPA or 2.2. 
  • CJ Majors need a minimum of 36 credits and cannot exceed 60 credits in CJ. 
  • CJ Statistics (CRIM.3950) is a required course for application to the 5 year Master’s program.

Last updated: 10/26/2017