School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
The mission of the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice is to offer quality undergraduate and graduate educational programming that provides students with the opportunity to learn the knowledge and develop the skills necessary for being successful in career fields related to criminology and criminal justice. We support and encourage both scholarly research endeavors and applied research projects involving collaborative partnerships with local and federal agencies, and encourage knowledge of and the use of emerging technologies and sciences as a means of improving and advancing criminology and criminal justice career fields.
Bachelor of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice (BCCJ)
**Criminal justice course work is offered on both the Omaha and Lincoln campuses of the University of Nebraska. The BCCJ degree can be earned in its entirety on the Lincoln campus; however, the degree is conferred by the University of Nebraska at Omaha. All of the departmental policies and requirements applicable to students seeking the BCCJ degree are the same on both campuses.
Criminology & Criminal Justice
The School of Criminology & Criminal Justice is located in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building (CPACS) office suite 218. Our office can be reached by phone at (402) 554-2610.
Transferring to Criminology and Criminal Justice
Students wishing to transfer from another institution or department within the University of Nebraska must have a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. They also must complete the required PCCJ courses and apply for admission to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice before being admitted to the upper division CRCJ program. Students may transfer without having PCCJ requirements completed and will be admitted to the PCCJ curriculum. Students wishing to transfer are encouraged to contact the school for more details on the transfer policy.
Students must fulfill program requirements in effect during the academic year they are admitted to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
The policies set out above are intended to apply to all students who seek admission to the upper division CRCJ program. For good cause shown, the Admissions Committee has the discretion to make exceptions to the admission policy.
A minimum of 30 of the last 36 semester credit hours must be earned by the student in residence in the University of Nebraska System. Summer independent study courses are not considered in residence.
At least 21 hours of criminal justice must be taken at the University of Nebraska, on either the Omaha or Lincoln campus.
A minimum of 33 credit hours must be earned in upper division (3000/4000-level) courses. At least 21 of these upper division hours must be taken in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice courses, and 12 hours of 3000/4000 level courses are required in a concentration/minor (see course requirements section).
A maximum of 12 credit hours of departmental independent study or internship courses may be applied toward the BCCJ degree. Of these, no more than six hours can come from one department and no more than six hours from another institution.
A maximum of 30 hours from any one department may be applied toward the BCCJ degree.
A maximum of 24 hours may be taken pass/no pass and none of the 39 hours required for the criminology and criminal justice major may be taken pass/no pass (excluding CRCJ 3970 internship).
Six hours of credit for basic military training may be applied to the BCCJ degree. Credit from an institution that is not regionally accredited cannot be applied to the BCCJ degree.
Criminal Justice Student Organization (CJSO)
Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Eta Chapter