Crime, Law, and Justice (B.S.) prior to FA12

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Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Science in Crime, Law, & Justice (CLJBS), University Park

Effective Spring 2012

Semester 1Credits
ENGL 015 OR 030 (GWS) Rhetoric and Composition or Honors Freshman Composition 3
CRIM 100 Intro to the American Criminal Justice System 3
Quantification Course (GQ) 3
Arts (GA) 3
Humanities (GH) 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 2Credits
CAS 100 (GWS) Effective Speech 3
CAS 283/CMPSC 100/CMPSC 101 Computer Science 3
CRIM 012 Criminology 3
Humanities (GH) 3
Race, Ethnicity & Gender Course** 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 3Credits
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) 3
STAT 200 Elementary Statistics 4
CRIM 113 (US) Intro to Law 3
Arts (GA) 3
Elective 3
Total Credits: 16
Semester 4Credits
CRIM 250W Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
CRIM Option Course* 3
Natural Science (GN) 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) 3
Elective 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 5Credits
Core CRIM Course** 3
Race, Ethnicity & Gender Course** 3
CRIM Option Course* 3
Natural Science (GN) with lab 3
Elective 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 6Credits
ENGL 202 (GWS) Effective Writing 3
CRIM 451 (US) or 453 (US) Race, Crime, and Justice or Women in the Criminal Justice System 3
Core CRIM Course** 3
CRIM Option Course* 3
Natural Science (GN) 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 7Credits
CRIM 4XX 3
CRIM Option Course* 3
CRIM Option Course* 3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA) 1.5
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credits: 16.5
Semester 8Credits
CRIM Option Course* 3
CRIM Option Course* 3
CRIM 4XX 3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA) 1.5
Elective 3
Total Credits: 13.5

* There are five available options in the CLJBS major. For a list of these options and their course requirements, please visit:http://sociology.la.psu.edu/undergraduate/majors/crime-law-and-justice/crime-law-and-justice/crime-law-and-justice-b.s

** For a list of CRIM Core, and Race, Ethnicity, and Gender courses, please visit: http://sociology.la.psu.edu/undergraduate/majors/crime-law-and-justice/crime-law-and-justice/crime-law-and-justice-b.s .

General education courses are interchangeable; students may choose the general education course(s) they wish to take in any given semester based on preference, availability, and academic goals.

Note: Students enrolled in, or hoping to enroll in, majors in the College of the Liberal Arts are expected to attend the University Park campus once they have earned a total of 60 credits. No more than 91 credits earned while enrolled at another Penn State College or at another institution may be applied toward degrees granted by the College of the Liberal Arts. A minimum of 24 of the credits related to the primary area of study stipulated under “requirements for the major” must be completed at University Park. (For example, History majors must complete 24 credits of "Hist" courses at University Park.) Senior or capstone courses required for the major must be completed at University Park.

Scheduling patterns vary for courses according to the semester they are taught.

  • Bold type indicates courses requiring a quality grade of C or better.
  • GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.
  • US, IL, and US; IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements which overlap with General Education requirements.
  • W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.
  • The number of credits for CRIM Option Courses varies. Adjustments may need made in order to maintain full-time status.
  • All students will take a Liberal Arts First-Year Seminar Course their first or second semester that will also count as general education.

Updated December 2012

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