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Undergraduate Catalog :: Normal Campus

Lincoln College: Normal Campus Academics: Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of 120 credit hours
  • Final 30 credit hours completed at LCN
  • Minimum of 27 credit hours of upper division credit (300/400 level)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher (2.80 or higher if Pre-Law Concentration)

General Education

Complete all general education requirements.

Foundation Courses (15 hours)

Five courses from the list below – “C” or better required for all.

  • HIS 101: Western Civilization I or HIS 102: Western Civilization II
  • POS 101: American Government

Any College Level Computer Course

  • CSC 100: Introduction to Microcomputer or CSC115: Business Applications for Microcomputers

Any Psychological Course

  • PSY 101: Introduction to Psychology

Any Sociology Course

  • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology or
  • SOC 202: Modern Social Problems or
  • SOC 203: Sociology of the Family or
  • SOC 206: Minority Relations

Criminal Justice Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

A “C” or better required.

  • MAT 110 Elementary Statistics (Prereq. MAT 095)

Criminal Justice Core Classes (21 hours)

Seven courses from the list below – “C” or better required for all.

  • CJS 108: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJS 240: Criminal Law I
  • CJS 346: Criminal Law II
  • CJS 350: Criminology
  • CJS 353: Research Methods in Criminal Justice (Prereq. MAT 110) or CRT 303: (Prereq. MAT 110)
  • CJS 456: Ethics in Criminal Justice or BUS 410: Business Ethics (Prereq. Jr./Sr. Standing)
  • CJS 490: Senior Project (Prereq. CJS 353/CRT 303)

Concentrations

Students must complete at least one of the following concentrations of their choice:

Law Enforcement (9 hours)

Four courses from the list below – “C” or better required for all.

  • CJS 430: Management & Organizational Behavior
  • CJS 442: Criminal Procedure
  • CJS 472: Homeland Security

Corrections (12 hours)

Four courses from the list below – “C” or better required for all.

  • CJS 320: Women in Criminal Justice
  • CJS 420: Corrections II
  • CJS 422:  Counseling in Criminal Justice (Recommended sequence: PSY 101)
  • CJS 423: Drug & Alcohol Counseling (Prereq. CJS 422) or
  • CJS 380: Theories & Techniques of Counseling in Children & Adolescents
  • CJS 424: Probation, Parolee & Intermediate Sanctions

Pre-Law (18 hours)

Six courses from the list below – “C” or better required for all.

  • PHL 105: Logic
  • CJS 444: Constitutional Law I (Prereq. POS 101)
  • CJS 445: Constitutional Law II (Prereq. POS 101)
  • CMN 302: Techniques of Persuasion
  • CMN 303: Presentation Design or
  • CMN 310: Conflict Management
  • CRT 301: Critical Thinking

Major Electives (12 hours)

  • 4 courses “C” or better required for all
  • 3 courses (9 hours) if Corrections is chosen or
  • 1 course (3 hours) if Pre-Law is chosen
    • You may choose any CJS courses or upper-division electives approved by the Program Director of Criminal Justice Studies