Dec 03, 2022  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice and Criminology Major, B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Criminal Justice and Criminology Program Information

Box 70555
Phone (423) 439-5346
Web Address:

Why a student might choose a Major in Criminal Justice & Criminology:

  1. To gain knowledge about criminal justice and criminology, for example, the administration of justice in the United States and theories of crime and delinquency causation.

  2. To prepare for a career in the criminal justice field including law enforcement, probation, parole, or prisons.

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

A minor is required.  This should be selected in consultation with the director of advising in the department

GPA requirements:

Must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in criminal justice and criminology coursework completed at ETSU.
No grade earned in a criminal justice and criminology major core course below a 2.0 will be accepted.


Students with 0-59 earned credit hours:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor.  Visit the CASE website ( or call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 60 or more earned credit hours:

Contact Brad Edwards [; (423) 439-5346] or Dr. Jennifer Pealer [; (423) 439-6810] for advising.

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in criminal justice should contact the chair of the department for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

Transfer students must:

  1. Must complete a minimum of 27 hours at ETSU in the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology.

  2. Must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in criminal justice and criminology coursework completed at ETSU.

For general information about the department or courses, contact: Dr. Larry Miller (423) 439-5964;

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements established by ETSU, by the East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees, by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels outlined in the following list:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120

College of Arts and Sciences B.A. Degree Requirements

Students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the following requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Some requirements must be taken in addition to the General Education Core, whereas others specify which courses from the General Education Core must be taken.

Foreign Languages Completion of a foreign language course numbered 2020 or above with a grade of C- or better * **
Mathematics Specified General Education Core: MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  
Non-U.S. History 3 credit hours


* International Students whose native language is not English, and whose admission to ETSU requires them to take a standardized test of English as a foreign language (e.g., TOEFL), may substitute scores that meet the admission requirements for the foreign language requirement.
** Consult the Literature and Language Department’s placement policy listed at and in the listing for Foreign Languages in this catalog.


General Education Requirements: 41 - 42 Credit Hours

Listed below are the categories and courses specified under East Tennessee State University Board of Trustees General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, only those courses are listed under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Complete one of the following:

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.


Other courses from this block are acceptable, but these courses satisfy the non-US history requirement in the BA degree:


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:

Natural Sciences

8 credits, consisting of two of the following (some require labs which are listed directly after the lecture):

(Note: Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences must select 8 credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science. Please see listing in College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Degree Requirements for options.)


Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530  during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website

Complete one of the following:

Criminal Justice and Criminology Requirements

Criminal Justice and Criminology Electives: 21 credit hours

Selective CJCR electives to be selected in consultation with an academic advisor.

Total hours required in major: 42 Credit Hours

Minor: 18 - 24 Credit Hours

Electives: 7-13 Credit Hours

B.A. Foreign Language Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least one foreign language course with a number of 2020 or higher with a grade of at least C-. Students may need prerequisites that could include courses numbered 1010, 1020, and/or 2010 to prepare for success in 2020.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation in this major/concentration requires a minimum of 120 credits, including General Education requirements, CSCI 1100 , college degree requirements, major requirements, and minor requirements.

Passing the CSCI 1100 proficiency test produces no credit, but satisfies the graduation requirement (see If the total credits from these areas are less than 120 credits, students may use free electives to complete the requirement.

Additional Information

Click here to view the Criminal Justice & Criminology BA Majors Suggested Course Sequence 

Field Experience Program

Students majoring (B.S./B.A. degree) in criminal justice and criminology are encouraged to enroll in the field experience program during their senior year. The program is designed to integrate academic preparation with practice in the criminal justice system. Student interest in this program will be discussed with the director of undergraduate advisement in the course of general advisement. A limited number of positions are available.

Application for field experience should be made to the director of field experience during the spring semester. Selection is made by a faculty committee. It is offered during summer semesters only.