Sep 30, 2022
About the Program
The Criminal Justice degree is designed to provide an understanding of the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of crime as well as the criminal justice system (law enforcement, the courts, and corrections) and other responses to crime, such as victim advocacy. It prepares students for a variety of careers in criminal justice and social services.
- 120 Credit Hours
- Minimum grade of C- required for BHS 10300, ENGL 10400 and 10500, SOC 22000, and all CHESS College Core Science, Math, and Reasoning courses
- Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
- Certain courses may only be available at one campus location
PNW General Education Core (30 Credits)
CHESS College Core (24 Credits)
Major Electives (12 Credits)
Choose four additional courses from:
Other Required Courses (21 Credits)
Free Electives or Minor Requirements (21 Credits)
Civics Literacy Proficiency
The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.
Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:
- Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
- Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
- Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)
For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.
Total 120 Credits Required
Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA): Minimum grade of C- required for BHS 10300, ENGL 10400 and 10500, SOC 22000, and all CHESS College Core Science, Math, and Reasoning courses; 2.0 GPA
Experiential Learning (EL): One EL course required. EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.
General Education Core: General Education notations can be found within the course description. Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.
Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study.
Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.
Additional Information and Guidelines
Note 1: Freshman Seminar Behavioral Sciences (FYE) requirement also met with any other PNW (FYE) 1-3 credit course.
Note 2: All four CHESS Core seminar courses, CHSS 10000, CHSS 20000, CHSS 30000, and CHSS 40000, must be taken. Duplicates are not allowed.