Jun 13, 2024  
2022-23 NSU Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-23 NSU Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Criminal Justice B.S. *

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OSRHE Program Code: 020
CIP Code: 430103

Major Code: 9708

  • 9700 - Criminal Justice
  • 9706 - Degree Completion (CEL)


The American criminal justice system is comprised of police, courts and corrections, juvenile justice, at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels. These components function separately and together with the majority of activities occurring at the local level. The criminal justice program seeks to prepare our graduates for careers in all sectors of the criminal justice system with an emphasis on leadership, ethics, analytical skills and effective written and verbal communication.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop an understanding of the issues surrounding the administation of justice in the United States.
  2. Develop an understanding of the origin, organization and function of American law.
  3. Develop an understanding of the relationship between the US Constitution and the Criminal Justice System.
  4. Impart knowledge of criminal law and procedure.
  5. Impart knowledge of crime and correctional theory.
  6. Conduct research in the major components of the Criminal Justice System and describe the findings.
  7. Develop critical analysis and writing skills.
  8. Impart knowledge of the principles of ethics and social and cultural diversity.

Minimum Grade Requirement

Students must earn a minimum 2.5 GPA in all Criminal Justice courses.

General Education Requirements

A minimum of 46 hours of academic work in general education is required during the freshman and sophomore years.  For students transferring with the Associate of Arts degree or Associate of Science degree from a public institution in Oklahoma, all general education requirements will be satisfied with respect to degree requirements.  However, some majors may require other specific general education courses as program prerequisites or program requirements.  Students should consult advisors and the program’s plan of study for further information.  Students are required to complete general education requirements by the time they have completed 90 semester hours of college work.  See General Education Requirements  for more information.

Major Total - 42 hours

Minor - 18 hours

A minor is required for the Criminal Justice major.


Accelerated B.S. Criminal Justice to M.S. Criminal Justice Degree Pathway

Note:  Please refer to Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Program  for complete information concerning the Accelerated Degree Program.  Refer to the current Graduate Catalog for master’s degree requirements.


  • Students admitted to the Accelerated B.S. Criminal Justice to M.S. Criminal Justice degree program will complete up to 12 hours of graduate level credit to apply toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • Students may not receive credit toward the bachelor’s degree for both the undergraduate and the paired graduate-level course. A student completing an undergraduate course and the paired graduate-level course will only receive credit for one course toward the bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum grade of C is required for all 5000 level graduate courses.
  • Students who do not follow the approved degree plan may become ineligible to continue in the accelerated degree program. 
  • Prior to completing the undergraduate degree, if the undergraduate GPA, graduate GPA and/or overall GPA fall below a 3.00, the student becomes ineligible to continue in the ADP.
  • Students may withdraw from an approved accelerated degree pathway.  Graduate credit hours completed prior to the student withdrawing or becoming ineligible to continue in the ADP apply toward the undergraduate degree only. 
ADP Paired Courses
CR J 4003 - Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology CR J 5053 - Criminal Justice Research Methods                           
CR J 4143 - Crime Prevention CR J 5193 - Crime Prevention and Control
CR J 4223 - Criminology CR J 5033 - Crime Theory
CR J 4253 - Juvenile Justice System CR J 5343 Seminar in Juvenile Justice


Additional Degree Information - College of Liberal Arts

In addition to general education and program requirements stated above, additional hours may be needed to satisfy all minimum degree requirements listed below.

  • English Proficiency: Components I and II of English proficiency should be met with grades of “C” or better prior to the completion of 60 credit hours.
  • ​A minimum of 124 hours is required. PE activity is limited to four hours. Prior learning credit (CLEP, Advanced Standing, Military Credit, etc) is limited to 30 hours.
  • ​A minimum of 30 hours in residence (from NSU) is required for graduation. PE activity is limited to four hours. Hours in residence exclude zero-level courses and prior learning credit such as CLEP, Advanced Placement, Advanced Standing, Military Credit, etc.​
  • A minimum of 40 hours of 3000/4000 level courses is required for graduation.  ​
  • A minimum of 60 hours from a 4-year school is required for graduation excluding zero level and PE activity courses.
  • At least fifty percent of the major requirements must be upper division courses (3000 and 4000 level).
  • At least 18 hours or fifty percent of the major, whichever is greater, must be satisfactorily completed at NSU.
  • The minimum number of credit hours required in the Liberal Arts and Sciences varies based on the type of degree.  B.A., B.A.Ed., B.F.A. and B.M.E. degrees require at least 80 hours.  B.S. and B.S.Ed. degrees require at least 55 hours.  B.G.S. and B.S.W. degrees require at least 40 hours.  Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) courses are identified in catalog course descriptions.

For more information, see Bachelor’s Degree Requirements .



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