CCJS Major Requirements

The University of Maryland, College Park's (UMD) Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJS) is a national and international leader in research and criminal justice education.  The CCJS department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Students enrolled in the CCJS major are expected to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate competency in written communication
  • Students will demonstrate competency in oral communication
  • Students will demonstrate competency in critical analysis
  • Students will demonstrate competency in critical reasoning
  • Students will demonstrate technological competency

The major requirements for the degree are listed below. The CCJS major is comprised of 36 credit hours of coursework in the CCJS department and either MATH 107 (formerly MATH 111) or STAT 100. A calculus class (MATH 120, 130, or 140) with a grade of C- or higher may be substituted for MATH 107 or STAT 100.  The requirements below are in effect for all students who matriculated into the UM system Fall 2015 or later and for students who are currently changing their major to CCJS.  Older requirements listed at the bottom of the webpage are for students who matriculated into the UM system prior to Fall 2015 and declared the major prior to February 7, 2017.  

Required CCJS Courses:
CCJS 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
CCJS 105 - Introduction to Criminology
CCJS 200 - Statistics for Criminology & Criminal Justice
CCJS 230 - Criminal Law in Action
CCJS 300 - Criminological and Criminal Justice Research Methods

2 CCJS Criminal Justice Courses
(Select two from the following three classes)
CCJS 340 – Policing
CCJS 345– Courts and Sentencing
CCJS 342– Corrections

1 CCJS Criminology/Theory Course
(Select one from the following three classes)
CCJS 450 – Advanced Juvenile Delinquency
CCJS 451 - Crime and Delinquency Prevention
CCJS 454 - Contemporary Criminological Theory

4 CCJS Courses of Choice
Two CCJS Courses of Choice must be at the 400 level
(Completed using one or a combination of the followings ways)

  • Complete additional CCJS courses that are not required (i.e., CCJS 325, 360, 418)
  • Complete 1 Independent Study for credit (max 3 credits)
  • Complete 1 Internship for credit (max 3 credits)

Total CCJS Credits: 36 Credits

Additionally students must complete one of the following math courses for the CCJS LEP gateway requirements:
Choose one of the following:
MATH 107 - Introduction to Math Modeling and Probability (formerly MATH 111)
STAT 100 - Elementary Statistics and Probability
*A calculus class, MATH 120 (formerly MATH 220), 130 or 140, with a grade of C- or higher may be substituted

Total Credits for the CCJS Major: 39 Credits

Bachelor of Arts - Gen Ed Major Card

Please keep the following information in mind:

  • No grade lower than a C- may be used toward the major
  • Students must achieve a combined grade point average of a 2.0 in the CCJS major

 

 

Older CCJS Major Requirements

Older CCJS major requirements are in effect for students who matriculated into the UM system prior to Fall 2015 and declared the major prior to February 7, 2017.  Current students are no longer admitted under older CCJS major requirements. 

The Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJS) major is comprised of 33 credit hours of coursework in the CCJS department, either MATH 107 or STAT 100, and 18 credit hours of supporting sequence coursework from outside of the CCJS Department. 

Required CCJS Courses:
CCJS 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
CCJS 105 - Introduction to Criminology
CCJS 200 - Statistics for Criminology & Criminal Justice
CCJS 230 - Criminal Law in Action
CCJS 300 - Criminological and Criminal Justice Research Methods
CCJS 340 - Policing
CCJS 350 - Juvenile Delinquency
CCJS 451, 452, 454 (Choose one)
451 - Crime and Delinquency Prevention
452 - Treatment of Criminals and Delinquents
454 - Contemporary Criminological Theory

3 CCJS Courses of Choice
(Completed using one or a combination of the followings ways)

  • Complete additional CCJS courses that are not required (i.e., CCJS 325, 360, 418)
  • Complete an Independent Study (CCJS 399)
  • Complete an Internship (CCJS 359 & 398)

Total CCJS Credits: 33 Credits

Additionally students must complete one of the following math courses for the CCJS LEP gateway requirements:
Choose one of the following:
MATH 107- Introduction to Math Modeling and Probability (formerly MATH 111)
STAT 100 - Elementary Statistics and Probability
*A calculus class (MATH 120, 130 or 140) with a grade of C- or higher may be substituted

Supporting Sequence
(Supporting Sequence courses must be taken off the approved Supporting Sequence list):
3 lower level courses from the approved supporting sequence list
3 upper level courses from the approved supporting sequence list
Total Supporting Sequence credits: 18 Credits

Total Credits for the CCJS Major: 54 Credits

Bachelor of Arts - Old CCJS Requirements Gen Ed Major Card

Please keep the following information in mind:

  • No grade lower than a C- may be used toward the major
  • Students must achieve a combined grade point average of a 2.0 in supporting sequence courses
  • A minimum of 9 hours of Supporting Sequence must be at the 300/400 level
  • Students must achieve a combined grade point average of a 2.0 in the CCJS major