May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice and Criminology Major, B.S.

Department Information

Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
PO 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.

Program Objectives

The criminal justice and criminology program of East Tennessee State University seeks to accomplish four major objectives:

  1. To develop a critical understanding of crime and the role and function of the criminal justice system in a democratic society.
  2. To provide courses of instruction that complement the education received by students in related disciplines.
  3. To prepare students for professional service in the criminal justice system.
  4. To provide an opportunity for persons currently serving in criminal justice professions to advance their level of education.

The criminal justice and criminology curriculum is highly interdisciplinary, encompassing the study of law, the social and behavioral sciences, and other academic areas. Consistent with the above objectives, the curriculum seeks a careful balance of theoretical inquiry and applied knowledge and features a core curriculum that all majors are required to complete.


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

Criminal Justice & Criminology Advisor: 

Ms. Josie Klepper
(423) 439-4324

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in Criminal Justice should contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

Residency Policy

All students must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 27 credits at ETSU in the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology.
  2. 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 at or (423) 439-5964.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 42 credits
     Major Core    (24 credits)
     Advisor Approved Electives    (18 credits)
Minor 18-24 credits
Free Electives 12-19 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: CJCR-BS  

GPA requirements: Must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in Criminal Justice and Criminology coursework completed at ETSU. No grade earned in a Criminal Justice and Criminology Major core course below a “C” (2.0) will be accepted.

College of Arts and Sciences  : Visit link to view the complete list of B.S. degree requirements.

General Education Requirements   

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Total Requirements for Criminal Justice and Criminology Major: 42 credits

Criminal Justice and Criminology Core Requirements: 24 credits

Grade Requirement: No grade earned in the Criminal Justice and Criminology major core course below a “C” (2.0) will be accepted.

Advisor Approved Electives: 18 credits

Note: CJCR electives to be selected in consultation with academic advisor

Minor: 18-24 credits

Free Electives: 12-19 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.