Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice (BCCJ) degree requires the completion of 120 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. The curriculum for this degree is divided into two segments — the pre-criminology and criminal justice curriculum (PCCJ) and the upper division criminology and criminal justice program (CRCJ). Students who declare criminology and criminal justice as their major must complete the PCCJ requirements with no grade lower than “C-” in their criminology and criminal justice courses, maintain a 2.5 or better GPA, and apply for admittance into the CRCJ program. Upon acceptance into the CRCJ program, students will qualify to register for 3000/4000 level criminology and criminal justice courses and complete any remaining course requirements for the BCCJ degree.

Courses required for major (core curriculum)

The PCCJ curriculum consists of 45 credit hours as follows:

Students are encouraged to fulfill the remaining 24 hours with course work from their general education requirements.

Students seeking entrance into the upper division CRCJ program must apply to the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Students may apply with fewer than 45 hours if they are enrolled for the remaining hours during the semester in which they make application. In such cases, students may be granted admission contingent upon completion of the remaining hours with no grade lower than a “C-” in their criminology and criminal justice courses.

Application forms may be obtained through an academic advisor in School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology & Criminal Justice Major Requirements

Criminology & Criminal Justice (min. 39 hours)

All students must complete CRCJ 1010 - Survey of Criminal Justice, CRCJ 2510 - Research Methods, and select six to nine hours from CRCJ 2030 - Police and Society, CRCJ 2110 - Criminal Court System, and CRCJ 2210 - Survey of Corrections. After admission to the upper division CRCJ program, students must complete a minimum of 21 hours of upper division (3000/4000) courses including CRCJ 3350 - Criminology and CRCJ 3510 - Criminal Procedure.

A minimum grade of “C-” is required in courses used as part of the 39 hour CRCJ major requirement.

Students are not required to complete an internship (CRCJ 3970); however, up to six hours of internship credit may be included in the program of study. Participation in the internship requires admission into upper division CRCJ program, 75 credit hours completed, GPA of 2.5 and permission of instructor. Students seeking an internship must complete the internship application, which may be obtained from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

The following sociology courses may be substituted for equivalent criminal justice courses and applied toward the 39 hour major: SOC 2510 for CRCJ 2510 and SOC 4130 for CRCJ 4130. Credit toward the degree will not be allowed for both courses which are considered equivalent.

Statistics (min. 3 hours)

Each student must complete one three-hour course in basic statistics; CRCJ 3000 – CJ Statistics may be used to satisfy this requirement but does not apply toward the 39 hours of required criminal justice courses. Statistics courses from statistics, mathematics, public administration, social work, psychology or sociology may also apply.

Area of Concentration or Minor (min. 18 hours)

The area of concentration must contain at least 12 credit hours of 3000/4000-level work chosen in consultation with the CRCJ academic adviser. In certain instances, a minor can fulfill the area of concentration requirement. Please meet with a CRCJ academic adviser for specific guidelines.

Senior Assessment, CRCJ 4999 (0 hours)

During the semester in which students plan to graduate, they must register for and complete the senior assessment, CRCJ 4999. This instrument is designed to assess student learning, monitor school performance and identify changes needed.

Criminal Justice Specific General Education Requirements (In addition to UNO general education requirements) 

  • Social Science (3 hours)
  • Natural & Physical Science (1 hour)
  • Electives (15 hours)