Stephen F. Austin State University

Undergraduate Degrees

Criminal Justice Degree Program

The criminal justice major requires 33 to 34 semester hours of coursework to include a minimum of 27 advanced (300-400) hours. All majors are advised that they should consider selected courses depending upon specific career interests in the field of justice administration.

In addition to the requirements for each area of specialization (Corrections, Law Enforcement, or Legal Assistant), students are required to complete the following 18 hours of collateral courses:

Areas of Specialization:

Law Enforcement:

CJS 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice [3 hrs]
CJS 201 - Criminal Investigation [3 hrs]
CJS 301 - Law Enforcement [3 hrs]
CJS 303 - Criminal Law [3 hrs]
CJS 305 - Criminal Procedure [3 hrs]
CJS 307 - Criminal Justice Practitioner and Stress [3 hrs]
CJS 310 - Supervision of CJS Personnel [3 hrs]
CJS 311 - Evidence [3 hrs]
CJS 420 - Criminal Justice Planning [3 hrs]
CJS . . . (Advanced Electives) [6 hrs]

TOTAL HOURS: 33

For a course to be used in the major, the reported grade must be a "C" or better.

Corrections:

CJS 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice [3 hrs]
CJS 231 - Introduction to Corrections [3 hrs]
CJS 305 - Criminal Procedure [3 hrs]
CJS 307 - Criminal Justice Practitioner and Stress [3 hrs]
CJS 310 - Supervision of CJS Personnel [3 hrs]
CJS 312 - Correctional Procedural Law [3 hrs]
CJS 332 - Community Based Corrections [3 hrs]
CJS 411 - Juvenile Justice Administration [3 hrs]
CJS 431 - Penology [3 hrs]
CJS . . . (Advanced Electives) [6 hrs]

TOTAL HOURS: 33

For a course to be used in the major, the reported grade must be a "C" or better.

Legal Assistant:

CJS 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice [3 hrs]
CJS 213 - Civil Procedure [3 hrs]
CJS 214 - Legal Ethics [1 hrs]
CJS 303 - Criminal Law [3 hrs]
CJS 305 - Criminal Procedure [3 hrs]
CJS 311 - Evidence [3 hrs]
CJS 413 - Legal Research [3 hrs]
CJS 414 - Appeals and Briefs [3 hrs]
CJS 460 - Internship in Criminal Justice [3 hrs]
CJS . . . (Advanced Elective) [3 hrs]
CJS . . . (Advanced Elective) [3 hrs]
CJS . . . (Advanced Elective) [3 hrs]

Note: Students may select courses from the following Business Law courses to meet the Criminal Justice electives requirements in the Legal Assistant sequence:

TOTAL HOURS: 34

For a course to be used in the major, the reported grade must be a "C" or better.

Second Major in Criminal Justice

CJS 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice [3 hrs]

3 hrs from one of the following:
CJS 201 - Criminal Law
CJS 213 - Civil Procedure
CJS 231- Introduction to Corrections

3 hrs from one of the following:
CJS 303 - Criminal Law
CJS 305 - Criminal Procedure

15 hrs from the following:
CJS 301 - Law Enforcement
CJS 307 - Stress
CJS 310 - Supervision of CJS Personnel
CJS 311 - Criminal Evidence
CJS 312- Correctional Procedural Law
CJS 411 - Juvenile Justice Administration
CJS 413 - Legal Research

Note: Student may substitute (6 hours) Advanced Criminal Justice courses not specified in this section

TOTAL HOURS: 24

Minor in Criminal Justice

CJS 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice [3 hrs]

3 hours from the following:
CJS 201 - Criminal Law
CJS 213 - Civil Procedure
CJS 231- Introduction to Corrections


3 hours from the following:
CJS 303 - Criminal Law
CJS 305 - Criminal Procedure

9 hours from the following:
CJS 301 - Law Enforcement
CJS 307 - Stress
CJS 310 - Supervision of CJS Personnel
CJS 311 - Criminal Evidence
CJS 312- Correctional Procedural Law
CJS 411 - Juvenile Justice Administration
CJS 413 - Legal Research

Note: Student may substitute (3 hours) Advanced Criminal Justice courses not specified in this section

TOTAL HOURS: 18