BS in Criminal Justice

Trine University, United States Ranked #60 in North America

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Next enrollment cycle

January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 47,649

Course Accredited By

THLC

  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

While many colleges and universities offer "quick courses" in select areas of criminal justice, such as basic police courses, the bachelor of science with a major in criminal justice program teaches criminal law, psychology and the academic base needed to pursue a career in criminal justice or law school.
 

Our program is not a "Cop Shop" (courses focusing strictly on a career as an entry-level police officer), nor is it strictly theoretically based.
Our program is a mix of practical knowledge taught by current professionals in the field (judges, lawyers, coroners, law enforcement officers, and administrators) and theory.

The Experience

Our criminal justice major also has a strong psychology component. Trine currently is one of the only undergraduate programs in the U.S. to specialize in forensic and correctional psychology.

We also offer criminal justice concentrations for law enforcement, agency administration and psychology, all of which allow you to be prepared to start your career path right after graduation and move up the ranks quickly.

Further, the criminal justice program has a strong student-to-student support system, the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA)

The ACJA has monthly meetings, where professionals in the field speak and recruit, a mentoring program for underclassmen, a yearly symposium, and a handgun competition team, which competes nationally and regionally.

The Results

The criminal justice program will provide students with:

  • a broad base of knowledge of human behavior.
  • knowledge in the study of law, history, government and psychology to facilitate entry into advanced professional careers.
  • experience in the day-to-day requirements of practitioners in their chosen fields through internships
  • understanding of ethical behavior patterns demanded in professional conduct.
  • skills necessary for good citizenship.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • August 2022

Admission requirements for transfer students:

  • Transfer students applying to the Allen School of Engineering and Computing must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and a grade of “C” or better in Calculus I, Chemistry I, and College Composition.
  • Transfer students applying to the Franks School of Education must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and a grade of “C” or better in a mathematics course, a social sciences or humanities course, and English Composition 1.
  • Transfer students applying to the Rinker Ross School of Health Sciences must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 and a grade of “C” or better in a mathematics course, a social sciences or humanities course, and English Composition 1.
  • Transfer students applying to the Ketner School of Business and the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.25 and a grade of “C” or better in a mathematics course, a social sciences or humanities course, and English Composition 1.  

High School Transcripts:

  • Request your high school to send a copy of your current transcript to Trine.
  • Transcripts can be submitted via mail, fax, Parchment, screenshot, and e-mail.
  • Trine University is Test Optional for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years. "Test-optional" means that standardized tests are not required from high school students when they are considered for admission to Trine University.  Of course, students can still choose to submit their test scores, however, those scores will be considered to be only part of the student’s overall academic record.  
  • High school students can take the American College Test (ACT) and/or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and request that scores be sent to Trine.
  • The University's code numbers are 1250 for the ACT and 1811 for the SAT.  
  • Test scores can be submitted via mail, fax, Parchment, screenshot, or e-mail and may be sent FREE from College Board to your counselor at any time.

Total Credit Hours - 120

General Education Requirements  - 42 credit hours

•  ENG 143 College Compositions  

•  SP 203 Effective Speaking

  or  COM 163 Interpersonal Communication

• HUM 203 Humanities Seminar

•  Humanities Elective

•  Sciences Elective

  or Mathematics Elective

•  MA 113 College Algebra

  or MA 133 Quantitative Reasoning

•  BIO 1003 Plants and People

•  HIS 103 American History I

  or his 203 World Civilization I  

•  HIS 113 American History II

  or  HIS 213 World Civilization II      

•  SOC 103 Principles of Sociology

•  PSY 113 Principles of Psychology

•  POLS 113 Introduction to Government                                                                                                            

Content Requirements - 46 credit hours

•  CRJ 103 Introduction to Criminal Justice

•  CRJ 133 Criminal Justice Report Writing

•  CRJ 153 Juvenile Justice

•  CRJ 243 introduction to Criminology

•  CRJ 263 Introduction to Criminal Law and Justice

•  CRJ 273 Criminal Procedures and Evidence

•  CRJ 343 Criminalistics and Crime Scene Investigations I

•  CRJ 433  Criminal Justice Capstone Demonstration

•  CRJ 473 Law Enforcement Internship I

•  POLS 333 State and Local Government

•  POLS 403 American Constitutional Development

•  PSY 323 Abnormal Psychology

•  UE 101 University Experience

Select one of the following five concentrations - 15 credit hours

Option A - Criminal Justice Professional

•  CRJ 363 Institutional Corrections and Law

•  CRJ 423 Criminal Justice & Agency Administration

•  CRJ 453 Topics in CJ

•  PSY 303 Research Methods in Psychology

•  SOC 323 The Family

Option B - Psychology

•  PSY 303 Research Methods in Psychology

•  PSY 333 Psychology of Personality

•  PSY 343 Social Psychology

•  PSY 353 Child & Adolescent Psychology OR PSY 223 Lifespan Developmental Psychology

•  PSY 423 Counseling Theories & Practices

Option C - Indiana law Enforcement

•  CRJ 4015 Successful completion of Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Basic Training Course

Additional Requirements - 32 credit hours

Electives - 32 hours

Non - Engineering

• ONE-TIME Intl Enrollment Fee:  $500  

• ONE-TIME Housing deposit:  $150  

• Tuition:                                         $33,650  

• Intl Health Insurance:               $1,499  

• Housing & Meal Plan:             $11,700  

• Student Fee*                                 $530  

• Parking Permit Fee**                   $120  

• Total Annual Estimate ***         $47,649  

 

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