Frequently Asked Questions
Questions for Finding an Advisor
How do I determine my advisor?
Answer: The name and contact information for your advisor is available on Pipeline. If you have not been assigned an advisor, you may contact the Criminal Justice Department for an advisor. If you are a transfer student, you will be assigned to one of our criminal justice transfer advisors.
For a minor in Criminal Justice, who do I see for advising?
Answer: We do not assign minor advisors. Therefore, you can meet with any of our full-time faculty members for minor advising.
How can I find out when my advisor is available to meet with me?
Answer: On the bulletin board outside of Jones Hall 223 you will find office hours and walk-in hours for all CJA advisors or you may contact the CJA Department.
Questions about Student Forms
What is the “upper division form” and where can I get one?
Answer: The upper division form must be approved your major advisor(s) and your minor advisor(s). You may pick up an upper division form at the CJA Department. The upper division forms are also available in literature holders in Jones Hall hallways on the second and third floor between the advisor offices. These forms are color-coded.
When should I complete and submit the upper division form?
Answer: You should complete your upper division form and submit to Angel Bowman in COE 311 by the start of your junior year.
What is the “intent to graduate” and when should I complete this form?
Answer: You will fill out the intent to graduate when you complete the upper division form. You will submit both forms to Angel Bowman in COE 311.
Questions about majors and minors
How do I declare a major or minor in criminal justice?
Answer: You may declare a major or minor in Criminal Justice using the online form located on the MTSU Records Homepage: http://www.mtsu.edu/resources/students/academic.php
What is required for the minor in criminal justice?
Answer: A minor in Criminal Justice Administration requires 18 semester hours including CJA 1100, 2200, 2400 or 2600, and 9 hours of upper division criminal justice electives. CJA 4300 may not be used for the 9 hours of electives, but may be taken by minors.
What is required for a minor in homeland security?
Answer: The minor requires 18 hours of CJA courses including 12 hours of required courses and 6 hours of guided electives.
The minor in Homeland Security provides the complementary knowledge and educational foundation for students seeking careers in their uniquely chosen majors with homeland security concerns. The minor provides the students with an understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system, the methods and effects of terrorism, the means of providing security against terrorist acts in public and private businesses and industries, and the legal treatment of terrorist crimes including detection, investigation, prosecution, and constitutional issues.
Required Courses (12 hours):
CJA 1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration
CJA 3750 Terrorism and Criminal Justice
CJA 4850 Private and Industrial Security
(One of the following two courses)
CJA 4860 Security Administration
CJA 4870 Security Law
Guided Electives (6 hours)
CJA 3250 Criminal Law
CJA 3400 Constitutional Issues and Criminal Justice
CJA 3900 Organized and White Collar Crime
CJA 4330 Criminal Investigation
Do you offer concentrations?
Answer: There are two CJA concentrations-Homeland Security and Law Enforcement.
More details can be found on the CJA Department website:
Information for Graduating Seniors
What tests are required for graduating seniors?
Answer: Graduating seniors are required to take two exit exams: the major field test and the general education exam.