Cole Blease Graham, Jr., Dean
The College of Criminal Justice offers professional degree programs with a strong foundation in the liberal arts and the social sciences. The college fosters programs of research and public service which focus on data gathering and alternatives in problem solving and seeks to stimulate the interest and involvement of all relevant academic disciplines in criminal justice issues and problems. For additional information, visit our Web site at www.sc.edu/crju/.
The College of Criminal Justice offers a four-year program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in criminal justice. The degree requirements are based upon a strong foundation in the liberal arts and the social sciences. An array of professional criminal justice courses is offered to support the particular interests of various students. Students also are encouraged to participate in community service activities. Pursuant to this, the college provides information on opportunities for volunteer work and involvement in the criminal justice field.
Criminal justice majors who have completed 90 hours with a GPA of 3.50 are eligible for the accelerated degree program. Students in the accelerated program may take up to nine hours of credit at the 700 level which will count toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees.
The College of Criminal Justice follows the general admission policies of the University. Should there be more applicants for the degree program than the number of spaces available, admission decisions will be competitive and may take into account the applicants grade point average as well as other factors deemed indicative of the students potential for success in the program.
Transfer Students. Transfer students from other institutions, other USC campuses, or other degree programs must have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 and a semester GPA of 2.00 on the last semester enrolled. Official transcripts of all academic work must be sent to the admissions office. These transcripts will be evaluated by the College of Criminal Justice for possible transfer credits. Only collegiate courses completed at accredited institutions will be considered, and credit transfer will be approved only where an analysis of the course level and content indicates that the work is appropriate for inclusion in a program of study offered by the college.
Students in the College of Criminal Justice are expected to make orderly progress toward a baccalaureate degree. To facilitate this, the college undergraduate program is divided into upper and lower divisions.
1. Lower-division students are those who have earned fewer than 60 semester hours toward the degree or who do not meet admission requirements to the upper division. Lower-division students may not enroll in upper-division criminal justice (CRJU) courses, which include all CRJU courses numbered 300 and above.
2. Admission to the upper division is based upon a minimum 2.00 cumulative USC GPA; completion of CRJU 101, 211, 221, 231, and 301 with grades of C or higher; completion of 60 hours or more toward the degree, including all general education requirements necessary to satisfy all University core requirements; and formal approval of the College of Criminal Justice Office of Academic Programs.
3. Criminal justice courses in which majors make less than a grade of C must be repeated.
4. The minimum acceptable GPA on all work of a particular semester is 2.00. Students who fail to achieve this GPA will be given an academic warning. The minimum acceptable cumulative GPA is 2.00. Students who fail to maintain this GPA will be placed on probation for one semester. Failure to raise the cumulative GPA to 2.00 or above at the end of the next semester of enrollment, regardless of the number of hours attempted, will render students ineligible to enroll in CRJU courses for a period of one calendar year and until the cumulative GPA is at least 2.00.
Warning. Students are given an academic warning whenever the semester GPA falls below 2.00. Students are subject to an academic warning from the end of the first semester of enrollment. Students on warning must discuss improvement of their academic achievement with the college Office of Academic Programs.
Probation. Students achieving a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 at the end of any semester will be placed on probation to signify that they are not making satisfactory academic progress. Students are subject to probation from the end of the first semester of enrollment. Students placed on probation are responsible for securing from the college Office of Academic Programs, or dean, information regarding services available to assist them in improving their academic performance.
Ineligible. Students who are placed on probation and who fail to raise their cumulative GPA to 2.00 or above at the conclusion of the next semester of enrollment, regardless of the number of hours attempted, will be declared ineligible and will not be permitted to enroll in courses offered by the college for a period of one calendar year and until the cumulative GPA is at least 2.00. These students may continue study within the University if otherwise eligible.
1. In order to obtain a degree from the college, all students enrolled in the College of Criminal Justice must maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA on all USC work attempted, as well as a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 on all hours presented for graduation, in addition to meeting all academic degree requirements.
2. In order to earn a B.S. with a major in criminal justice, students must complete a minimum of 45 semester hours while enrolled as a criminal justice major in the College of Criminal Justice. Students must also complete CRJU 102 plus at least five of the remaining 12 courses required in the major while enrolled.
3. Students desiring the B.S. with a major in criminal justice as a second baccalaureate degree must meet all requirements for admission to the college and all requirements for the degree. Students must also complete a minimum of 45 semester hours while in the college.
4. Courses for credit taken through ETV, correspondence, off campus, or other formats may be accepted for inclusion in a degree program only when approved by the college Office of Academic Programs in advance of registration for that course.
5. The normal maximum load for undergraduates is 17 semester hours. In exceptional cases, students may request an overload. Such requests must be submitted to the college Office of Academic Programs on the proper form provided by that office.
6. Criminal justice courses may not be audited.
Attendance regulations may be established by each instructor provided they are not more lenient than University policy and they must adhere to the following standards:
1. The number of permissible absences must be specified in writing in the course syllabus.
2. The penalties for failure to meet attendance requirements must be clearly specified in writing in the course syllabus.
3. The responsibility of students and faculty members with respect to attendance regulations must be specified, so that records will be adequate and processing of excused absences is in accordance with a clearly defined procedure.
The Office of Academic Programs will make every effort to assist students in maximizing their academic and professional potential through advisement. However, the ultimate responsibility for meeting all requirements for the degree rests solely with the individual student.
The following are the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in criminal justice:
1. General Education Requirements
English (6 hours)
Quantitative Skills (12 hours)
PSYC 226 and PSYC 227 or STAT 201 and SOCY 497 (6-8 hours)
Liberal Arts (24 credits)
Natural Sciences (8 credits)
Two courses with accompanying laboratories from: ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, MSCI, or PHYS
University Foreign Language Requirement
Students shall demonstrate ability in a foreign language. This ability can be demonstrated by achieving a score of two on the USC Foreign Language Examination. Those failing to do so must satisfactorily complete equivalent study of foreign language at USC. Hours so earned may be counted as electives.
Students are encouraged to choose additional foreign language courses in selectives or minor/cognate/electives and to satisfy their cultural awareness requirement.
Each student must complete 12 hours of course work designed to provide an understanding of the origins and nature of the many different cultures served by the criminal justice system. No more than six hours from the same academic discipline may be counted toward this requirement. However, all 12 hours can be chosen from courses satisfying other degree requirements. A current list of course options will be available through advisement. Among the options are designated courses in ANTH, ARTE, ARTH, CRJU, ENGL, GINT, HIST, MUSC, PSYC, RELG, WOST, and foreign languages.
Each student must complete six hours of course work with substantial writing and revision components. All students must pass CRJU 301, which will satisfy three hours of this requirement.
2. Major Requirements (36 credits)
Each course must be passed with a grade of C or better.
CRJU 101, 211, 221, 231, 301, 321, and 341 (21 hours)
Additional Major Courses
Five additional CRJU courses selected with the consent of the Office of Academic Programs (15 hours)
3. Selectives (18 credits)
4. Minor/Cognate/Electives (18 credits)
Any minor or cognate approved by the College of Criminal Justice Office of Academic Programs. A cognate may be distributed over more than one subject area.
Course Descriptions (CRJU)
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