Changing your major to Criminal Justice
If you are in Junior Division: The process of a changing your major is initiated in Junior Division by seeing a Counselor in the Academic Success Center in Lee Hall, Room 115.
If you are in Upper Division: The process of changing your major is initiated in the Dean of Liberal Arts' office in HL Griffin, Room 101.
Looking to transfer into the criminal justice major from a two-year community college program?
B.S. Degree in Criminal Justice
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of Criminal Justice
In the interest of promoting the most efficient path toward our students receiving a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice after transferring from a Community College (two year program), our department recognizes the structural constraints imposed by Board of Regents as follows:
- Students can only transfer a maximum of 60 hours of course credits from a Community College to UL Lafayette that will count toward completion of their B.S. degree requirements.
- Students cannot receive credit for 300 or 400 level courses completed at a Community College toward their B.S. degree.
- Students must complete 45 hours at the 300 or 400 level, at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in order to complete the requirements for earning a B.S. degree.
Given these constraints and the structure of the curriculum for a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, we have agreed to facilitate the following terms for students who will complete two years of their four year degree at a Community College and then transfer to UL Lafayette to complete their degree.
In order to ensure that students do not take classes that cannot count toward their B.S. degree in Criminal Justice, they would need to only take the following, while enrolled at a Community College:
9 hours of English (the first two Freshman English Courses) and an English Literature course. The courses should be the equivalent of the courses listed below.
- English 101: Introduction to Academic Writing. Designed to introduce students to the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills required in the university and beyond. Course will focus on writing effective, well-argued essays.
- English 102: Writing and Research About Culture. Through exploration of cultural themes, students will build on and advance the thinking, reading, and writing skills learned in English 101 while focusing on rhetoric and research.
English Literature Course:
- British Literature
- American Literature
- Literary Genres
- Thematic Approaches to Literature
- Literature and Other Media
- 3 hours of History (any).
- 9 hours of Science, The 9 hours must be a mixture of Biology and Natural Sciences. Students can choose from 6 hours of Biology and 3 hours of Natural Science or 3 hours of Biology and 6 hours of Natural Science. (Natural Sciences include Chemistry, Physics, and Geology.)
Their first foreign language course
- Students should choose from French, Spanish or German
3 hours Math (College Algebra) and 3 hours of Statistics. The course should be the equivalent of the coursed listed below.
- Math 102: Quantitative Reasoning
- Math 103: Applied College Algebra Fundamentals
- Math 105 Applied College Algebra
- Math 107: College Algebra and Quantitative Reasoning
- Math 109: Pre-Calculus Algebra
- STAT 214: Elementary Statistics
- College Algebra
- 3 hours of Communications (public speaking).
- 3 hours to be chosen from the Fine Arts.
6 hours of Behavioral Science electives, not from Criminal Justice.
- Students can chose from Sociology , Psychology, Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, or Geography
- One of the courses must be at the 200 level.
- Students can choose from a second foreign language, a second history course or Liberal Arts elective.
- If they choose the Liberal Arts elective then it should be something that they are considering as a minor.
15 hours of Criminal Justice
Required courses. The course should be the equivalent of the courses listed below.
- CJUS 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice. The study of crime and the role of law in society; the agencies and processes involved in the criminal justice system; relations within the system.
- CJUS 203: The Policing Process. The historical and social settings of the police; the police role and discretion; police organization and practices; problems of law enforcement in a democratic society.
- CJUS 204: The Criminal Courts. Role and structure of prosecution, defense, and the courts; basic elements of substantive and procedural law.
- CJUS 205: The Corrections Process. The historical and social settings of corrections; theories and practices in corrections; correctional programs in institutions and the community.
- One Criminal Justice Elective to be picked with the student’s advisor.
- Required courses. The course should be the equivalent of the courses listed below.
If you are a Criminal Justice major transferring from South Louisiana Community College to University of Louisiana at Lafayette we recommend reviewing the Curriculum Guide which outlines the courses that will successfully transfer.