Criminal Justice

Degree:Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Major:Criminal Justice
Minors:Criminal Justice
Forensic Studies
Juvenile Justice
Certificate:Intelligence Analysis
Department:Criminology and Criminal Justice
Building 85, Room 160
850-474-2336
http://uwf.edu/justice/
College:Education and Professional Studies
CIP Code:43.0104
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

The Criminal Justice program focuses on the issues of law, crime, law enforcement, corrections, and the criminal justice system. The program’s primary purpose is to prepare students to assume entry level positions in various criminal justice occupations and to eventually assume administrative responsibilities, to conduct research in the field, or to pursue advanced degrees. 

An accelerated bachelors to masters program is available for exceptionally well qualified students.  Please see the requirements for this program at the end of the courses requirements section.

Program Requirements

In addition to the university’s general requirements, students seeking the B.A. in Criminal Justice must meet the requirements listed below. A minimum grade of “C” is required for all core courses. A minimum GPA of  2.25 is required for admission into the major. CCJ 3024 Criminal Justice System should be taken as the first course in the major. STA 2023 Elements of Statistics is recommended for all majors.

Criminal Justice Major

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

 Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

 Common Prerequisite

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

Lower Division Electives 

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to satisfy at least 60 sh in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement.24
Total Hours24

Criminal Justice Major 

Criminal Justice Core:21
Criminology +
Criminal Justice System +
Research Design in Criminal Justice +
Corrections +
Policing +
Courts +
Choose one:
Criminal Justice Seminar +
Criminal Justice Internship +
Criminal Justice Major: 21 semester hours of criminal justice (CCJ, CJC, CJE, CJL, CJJ, DSC) 3000/4000 level elective course work beyond the Core Requirements are required. Students can satisfy up to 6 hours of this requirement with service learning, internship, and/or directed study courses (combination of these shall not exceed 6 hours; criminal justice internship taken as part of core requirements shall not count in this category). +21
Total Hours42

Major-Related

Major-Related Electives **12
Total Hours12

Upper Division Electives

Student must complete sufficient 3000/4000 level electives to meet UWF’s requirement of 48 semester hours in the upper division or complete all departmental requirements at the 3000/4000 level, whichever is greater.6
Total Hours6

The upper-division courses (3000-4000 level) with the following prefixes will be used in calculating the major grade point average: CCJ, CJC, CJE, CJJ, CJL and DSC.

Accelerated Bachelors(B.A.)/Masters (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Option

Minimum Requirements for admission include:

  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or better
  • Completion of 75 undergraduate credit hours
  • Undergraduate Major GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Completion of all Bachelor of Arts Criminal Justice major core requirements
  • A grade of B (3.0) or higher in all BACJ major core classes
  • One letter of recommendation from a Criminal Justice or Legal Studies faculty member

Process:

A prospective student who meets the minimum requirements for admission for the Accelerated BA/MSCJ program must schedule a meeting with their undergraduate advisor and graduate advisor to discuss and develop a degree plan for the student's Accelerated BA/MSCJ program. The student must then submit an Accelerated BA/MSCJ program application and letter of recommendation to the graduate advisor.

Eligibility and Restrictions:

Students must have completed 75 undergraduate credit hours, including credits earned from advanced placement, prior to applying to the Accelerated BA/MSCJ program. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of two semesters and at least 24 credit hours at the University of West Florida prior to application to the Accelerated BA/MSCJ program. Eligible students can apply for the program at any time, and if they are accepted they can start in the following semester. 

Admission into the Accelerated BA/MSCJ program does not guarantee admission into the MSCJ program upon completion of the BACJ. Students must still submit an Express Admission application for the MSCJ program. Students who are a part of the BA/MSCJ program cannot be provisionally or conditionally admitted into the MSCJ program.

Program Requirements:

Upon admission into the MSCJ, the 12 graduate credit hours completed as an undergraduate student will count for 12 of the 24 hours in Criminal Justice coursework for the MSCJ. Students in the Accelerated BA/MSCJ program must earn a grade of B (3.0/4.0) or better in each of the graduate level courses that are being applied to both degrees. Courses completed with a grade of B- or below cannot be applied to the MSCJ degree. Students accepted into the MSCJ program must complete all MSCJ requirements within 18 months of completing the BACJ degree. If the MSCJ program requirements are not completed within 18 months, the student is no longer eligible to apply the graduate credit hours toward both degrees (i.e., the student can only apply the graduate credit hours either toward completion of the BACJ degree or toward a future master’s degree) and is automatically terminated from the Accelerated BA/MSCJ program.

If a student in the Accelerated BA/MSCJ program completes the BACJ degree requirements with an overall GPA of less than 3.25/4.0, the student is no longer eligible to apply the graduate credit hours to both degrees (i.e., the student can only apply the credit hours towards completion of the BACJ degree or toward a future master’s degree) and is automatically terminated from the Accelerated BA/MSCJ program.

A student who becomes ineligible to continue participating in or withdraws from the Accelerated BA/MSCJ program cannot apply any graduate credit hours toward both degrees (i.e., the student can only apply the credit hours towards completion of the BA degree or toward a future master’s degree).

Students who are enrolled in the Accelerated BA/MSCJ program are eligible for graduate assistantship positions only after completing the BACJ degree.

CCJ 3024 Criminal Justice System should be taken as the first course in any Criminal Justice minor. Courses must be completed at UWF with a grade of “C” or higher. Requirements may not be met with directed studies courses.

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Minor provides an overview of the criminal justice system. Criminal Justice majors may not earn this minor.

CCJ 3014Criminology3
CCJ 3024Criminal Justice System3
CJC 4010Corrections3
CJE 4110Policing3
CJL 3510Courts3
Total Hours15

CCJ 3024 Criminal Justice System should be taken as the first course in any Criminal Justice minor. Courses must be completed at UWF with a grade of “C” or higher. Requirements may not be met with directed studies courses.

Forensic Studies

The Forensic Studies Minor supplements course work in majors related to criminal justice. It prepares students for careers in investigation as well as graduate study in a related field. 3000/4000 level courses in this minor can only be counted towards the “major-related electives” requirement (12cr) of the BA in Criminal Justice degree except for CCJ 3024 Criminal Justice System, which meets both the Criminal Justice major and Forensic Studies minor degree requirements. The students who want to pursue this degree in a fully online format may have limited elective course options.

CCJ 2002Survey of Crime and Justice3
or CCJ 3024 Criminal Justice System
CJE 3674Introduction to the Forensic Sciences3
CJE 4610Criminal Investigation3
Electives: Choose two of the following:6
Forensic Accounting
Forensics in the Media
Forensic Anthropology
Field Methods in Forensic Anthropology
Drugs, Crime, and Criminal Justice
Sex Offenses and the Offender
Cold Case Investigations
Cybercrime
Homicide
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Introduction to Digital Forensics
Total Hours15
 
 
 

CCJ 3024 Criminal Justice System should be taken as the first course in any Criminal Justice minor. Courses must be completed at UWF with a grade of “C” or higher. Requirements may not be met with directed studies courses.

Juvenile Justice

This is an interdisciplinary minor for students seeking job opportunities in juvenile justice. The minor introduces students to the juvenile justice system, explores issues related to juvenile delinquency, examines alternative programs available for treating delinquency, and teaches students case management skills. The minor is especially compatible with those in social science disciplines and social science-related professional fields. 3000/4000 level courses in this minor can be counted only towards the “major-related electives” requirement (12cr) of the BA in Criminal Justice degree except for CCJ 3024 Criminal Justice System/CCJ 3014 Criminology, which meet both the Criminal Justice major and Juvenile Justice minor degree requirements. The students pursuing a BA in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences - Specialization in Children and Society cannot pursue this minor program.  The students who want to pursue this degree in a fully online format may have limited elective course options. 

 
CCJ 2002Survey of Crime and Justice3
or CCJ 3014 Criminology
or CCJ 3024 Criminal Justice System
CJJ 4010Juvenile Justice3
SOW 3314Case Management3
SOW 4111Adolescents At Risk3
Choose one of the following:3
Family Crime and Violence
Community Corrections
Crime Prevention
Child Development
Psychology of Adolescence
Total Hours15
 

Fraud Examinations Certificate

This certificate program's goal is to increase students’ skills and knowledge on technical, legal, and investigative aspects of fraud cases and cultivate interest and awareness about Fraud Examinations as a career option (CFE).

ACG 2021Principles of Financial Accounting3
or ACG 3082 Accounting for Non-Majors
ACG 4682Forensic Accounting3
or CCJ 4644 White Collar Crime
CCJ 4931Special Topics in Criminal Justice (ST: Introduction to Fraud Examinations)3
CJE 3694Cybercrime3
CJE 4610Criminal Investigation3
Total Hours15

Intelligence Analysis Certificate

Department:                                 Criminology and Criminal Justice

Method of Instruction:               Online

Semester Hours:                         12-15

This certificate will be used to enhance awareness of Cyber Security to our students and the community. This certificate is a complementary initiative to certificates proposed by the Department of Business Administration and the Department of Computer Science.

EME 3002Intelligence and National Security3
EME 3003Open Source Intelligence3
EME 4001HUMINT Operations3
EME 4474Technical Intelligence Collection3
Recommended Option:
GIS 4043Geographic Information Systems3
GIS 4043LGIS Laboratory1