BA in Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Criminal Justice is designed to meet the demands for professionals working in policing, corrections, prosecution and pretrial services, probation, parole, juveniles, public safety, victim services, civil and family courts, homeland security, international security, and other related fields. In addition to our core curriculum, which thoroughly explores the theory and practice of the criminal justice system, you can choose from elective courses that focus on a particular area of interest. The curriculum will expose you to the latest trends in theory and technology that impact criminal justice.

All students receive invaluable, hands-on training in the field of criminal justice.  Students in the Department of Criminal Justice participate in a practicum, interning in a variety of Criminal Justice agencies.

LIU Post alumni are law enforcement officers, federal agents, security officers, prosecutors, corrections counselors, judges, attorneys, private security professionals, homeland security agents, forensic technologists, crime lab technicians, emergency managers, FBI agents and social service professionals. Many of our graduates have gone on to attend law school.

Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credits
Required Criminal Justice Courses
(36 Credits)
CACJ 11 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CACJ 20 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice 3
Theories of Crime 3
CACJ 30 Gender and the Law 3
CACJ 37 Foundations for Scholarship
CACJ 38 Methods of Criminal Justice Research
CACJ 41 Criminal Law 3
CACJ 44 The Police and Community Relations
CACJ 60 Terrorism
CACJ 68 Correctional Philosophy 3
CACJ 76 Criminal Procedure 3
CACJ 85 Criminal Justice Practicum 3
 Required Criminal Justice Elective Courses
(9 Credits)
 Students must take 9 CACJ Elective Credits.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives
(27-28 Credits) 
Required Core Courses
(32 Credits)
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1** Writing 1 3
ENG 2** Writing 2 3
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures  3
One additional course from one of the five above clusters.   3

** In addition to ENG 1 and 2, students take at least 3 more writing intensive (WAC) courses as part of their major, core, or elective courses.  ENG 303 and 304 can satisfy the ENG 1 and 2 requirement for students in the Honors College.

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits 36
Total Major Elective Requirement Credits 9
Total Elective Requirement Credits
Total Core Requirement Credits 32
Elective Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits 28
Total Degree Credits 120


CACJ 11 Intro to Criminal Justice
This course covers the agencies that make up today's criminal justice system such as police, courts and corrections. It introduces the student to the cyber threats confronted by these agencies and explores the role of cyber security in mitigating crime.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

CACJ 20 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice
This course reviews contemporary issues in criminal justice. Issues such as the media, gun control, and immigration are all discussed with their impact on the criminal justice system. Co-requisite of CACJ 11 and 23 are required for all CACJ majors.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

CACJ 23 Theories of Crime
This course surveys major psychological, sociological, economic, anthropological and biological causative theories relating to crime and delinquency.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

CACJ 30 Gender and the Law
This course examines the legal system in the United States as it affects women. Particular attention is paid to criminal law as it relates to: issues of privacy; marriage and family life; affirmative action progress; role of women in the criminal justice system; women as victims of crime; and women of color. Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) course. Co-requisite of CACJ 11 and 23 are required for all CACJ majors
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

Foundations for Scholarship
This course develops tools for conducting research and for writing criminal justice papers. Tools include the following: approaches to writing a research paper, correct grammar usage, forms of documentation, library resources, data sources and computer usage. Topics cover various aspects within the field of criminal justice. Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) course. Co-requisite of CACJ 11 and 23 are required for all CACJ majors.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

CACJ 38 Methods of Criminal Justice Research
This course discusses the descriptive and inferential function of statistics. Topics include measurement, measures of centrality, dispersion, correlation, regression, parametric and non-parametric measures. Multiple correlation and regression are also discussed.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

CACJ 41 US Criminal Law
This course examines the application of criminal law in the American judicial system specifically. Preservation and protection of life and property through the law is discussed. This course is a survey of historical and philosophical concepts. Co-requisite of CACJ 11 and 23 are required for all CACJ majors.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

CACJ 44 The Police and Community Relations
This course discusses community tensions and conflicts and the special role of law enforcement agencies. Topics include the administrative responsibilities of the police and the social obligations of officers in the field. Co-requisite of CACJ 11 and 23 are required for all CACJ majors.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

CACJ 60 Terrorism
This course is a survey of terrorism within the United States. Topics include the threat of domestic, transnational, and international terrorism, terrorist groups, and counter-terrorism strategies, among other related topics.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

CACJ 68 Correctional Philosophy
This course is an introductory survey of the philosophy, theory, and practice involved in the treatment of convicted law violators of all ages. The course also studies the effect of institutional treatment upon post-correctional behavior. Co-requisite of CACJ 11 and 23 are required for all CACJ majors.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

CACJ 76 Criminal Procedure
This course surveys the Constitutional rights and safeguards of individuals from unlawful activities of investigative agencies. The rules of evidence and the protection of individual rights in the administration of criminal justice are examined.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

CACJ 85 Criminal Justice Practicum
This course is a planned program of research, observation, study, and participation in selected criminal justice agencies. It is designed to supplement classroom study with constructive participation in local, state and national criminal justice agencies. Taken during senior year. Co-requisite of CACJ 11 and 23 are required for all CACJ majors.
Credits: 3
Every Fall and Spring

ENG 1 Writing I: Composition and Analysis
English 1 is an introductory writing course that uses interpretation and analysis of texts to promote clear thinking and effective prose. Students learn the conventions of academic writing. In addition, students learn how to adapt writing for various audiences and rhetorical situations. This course is required Writing I, an introduction to composition, teaches an understanding of writing in various disciplines through the interpretation and analysis of texts. Students will learn conventions of academic writing. Additionally, students will learn how to adapt in response to different rhetorical situations, genres, purposes, audiences, and other issues of context. Writing I is a course that provides the foundation for understanding how to make meaning from texts. This course is required of all students unless exempted by Advanced Placement credit or successful achievement on the SAT examination in writing. Students exempted by assessment or department proficiency examination must take an upper-level English course in substitution after completing ENG 2. Special sections are offered for students in the Program for Academic Success (P sections), for non-native speakers (F sections), and for students identified as needing more personalized attention (S sections). No Pass/Fail option.
Credits: 3
Every Fall, Spring and Summer 

ENG 2 Writing II: Research and Argumentation
Writing II, a course in research and argumentation, focuses on scholarly research and the citation of information supporting sustained, rhetorically effective arguments. Building on the work of Writing I, this course addresses sensitivity to complex rhetorical and stylistic choices. Students will learn to use sources and resources effectively and ethically, including library holdings and databases, in service of scholarly arguments grounded in research. This course is required for all students unless exempted by Advanced Placement credit. Special sections are offered for students in the Program for Academic Success (P sections) and for non-native speakers (F sections). No Pass/Fail option. Prerequisite of ENG 1 is required.
Credits: 3
Every Fall, Spring and Summer

Post 101 and FY  First-Year Seminar Provide an emphasis upon the intellectual transition to college, first-year seminars focus on oral communication and critical reading skills taught in the context of theme-oriented academic courses specifically designed to meet the needs of first-year students. The content of these courses varies by discipline, but each course is limited to twenty students and linked in a learning community with a section of Post 101. First-Year Seminars involve intensive faculty mentoring and provide a source of support and insight to students who are encountering the new responsibilities connected to college life. First-Year Seminars can also be used to fulfill major requirements or can be used as electives, including, in many cases, liberal arts electives. Post 101 is best understood a one-credit course preparing first-year students for the challenges of college life. It emphasizes engagement with the campus community as a preparation for engagement with the world as an active, informed citizen. Weekly hour-long class meetings emphasize a holistic approach to learning and introduce students to the behavior, foundational skills, and intellectual aptitudes necessary for success.
Credits: 4
Every Fall and Spring

CACJ 640 Seminar in Administration of Juvenile Justice
This course is a comprehensive study of the juvenile justice system. The seminar deals with apprehension, adjudication, treatment and prevention as these relate specifically to the administration of juvenile justice.
Credits: 3
On Occasion


Dr. Christopher Adams

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