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Undergraduate Catalog | 2018-2019 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2018-2019 Previous Edition

Criminal Justice, B.A.

Undergraduate students pursuing the academic study of the criminal justice system, a career in the criminal justice field, or preparation for graduate study may select the criminal justice curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. 

Admission Requirements


  • Minimum GPA:  2.0
  • Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses: Completion of the below courses with a grade of C or above in each course. Students are allowed no more than two attempts at all core classes required to be admitted to the major (grades of D, F, and W all count as attempts).
  • Declaration of Major:  Current UNC Charlotte students interested in becoming a Criminal Justice major should refer to the Criminal Justice website for specific instructions.


  • Minimum GPA:  2.0
  • Pre-Major/Prerequisite Courses:  Transfer students from a North Carolina community college can receive credit for the following courses.  Transfer credit will only be awarded for courses completed with a grade of C or above.
  • Other:  Transfer students who have an A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice receive General Education exemption and may be awarded up to 15 credit hours for criminal justice coursework completed with a grade of C or above.  Transfer courses from four-year institutions or out-of-state community colleges will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Degree Requirements

A Major in Criminal Justice requires 40 credit hours of coursework.

General Education Courses (37-41 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program 

Foreign Language Requirement (0-8 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Foreign Language Requirement 

Major Courses (40 credit hours)

Major Elective Courses (24 credit hours)

Select eight of the following not already taken:

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

A minimum of a C average in all criminal justice coursework and a minimum grade of C in CJUS 1100 , CJUS 1200 , CJUS 2340 , CJUS 2370  (or SOCY 3155  and SOCY 3155L , POLS 2220 , or PSYC 2101  and PSYC 2103 ); and STAT 1222  (or STAT 1220  or STAT 1221 ) are required.

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in Criminal Justice, visit the program page .


While not required, students are encouraged to participate in internship programs available through the department. Internships provide opportunities to combine theory and practice in a realistic setting, and to make more judicious career decisions.