• CJA majors can choose either Homeland Security
    or
    Law Enforcement
  • Tennessee Department of Corrections is one of many potential employers
  • Criminal Justice Class members
    get
    deputized before working a mock crime scene
  • Trying on a jacket is one way to get a feel for working for the agency

Criminal Justice

Living in an orderly society is possible because we have laws and a justice system. MTSU's degree in Criminal Justice Administration offers preparation for entering and advancing among the ranks of the industry's professionals. Graduates are found in professions such as attorneys, police officers, and corrections officials. At the undergraduate level, students may obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration. Students majoring in CJA may choose concentrations in Law Enforcement or Homeland Security as well. The department’s extensive internship program for seniors and those pursuing graduate study provides invaluable opportunities for experience. As a convenience for the mid-state area, MTSU now offers all courses required for the program, including the concentrations, on the Southeast Campus of Nashville State Community College in Antioch, as well as on the main campus in Murfreesboro.

On-the-job training

On-the-job training

MTSU places interns with more than 30 criminal justice agencies including district attorney and public defender offices; police and sheriff departments; probation and parole offices; circuit, juvenile, and drug courts; and several state and federal agencies. Students not only experience the pragmatic operations of the criminal justice system, but they also get to see how to apply theories learned in the classroom to the profession.

Program prepares student for road ahead

Program prepares student for road ahead

Savannah Hill, who came to MTSU from Columbia, Tenn., is a senior with a double major: Criminal Justice and Psychology. She was accepted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Academy this past summer and is excited to share her experiences: “While attending the TBI academy, I learned many things about polygraphs, crime scene equipment, judgmental shooting, and so much more that will help me become successful in this field.” Hill says her long term goal is to join the Federal Bureau of Investigations and become an agent working in the human trafficking division. She plans to apply to the Secret Service this year and also to continue her education. Summing up her experience, Hill says, “Here at MTSU, the Criminal Justice Department has helped me see the road I wish to take and has greatly prepared me for the person I am to become. I cannot thank the university enough for hiring such astounding professors/mentors.”

The Criminal Justice industry offers a rich array of career options for anyone interested in fighting crime and lessening its effects on the innocent.

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Brentwood Police Department
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Chattanooga Police Department
  • Clarksville Police Department
  • Davidson County Community Corrections
  • Davidson County District Attorney’s Office
  • Davidson County Juvenile Court
  • Davidson County Sheriff’s Department
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Probation and Parole
  • Lavergne Police Department
  • Memphis Police Department
  • Murfreesboro Police Department
  • Nashville Metro Police Department
  • Providence Probation Services
  • Public Defender of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County
  • Rutherford County District Attorney’s Office
  • Rutherford County Juvenile Court
  • Rutherford County Public Defender’s Office
  • Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department
  • Smyrna Police Department
  • Spartan Probation Services (Warren County)
  • State of Tennessee, Board of Probation and Parole
  • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
  • Tennessee Department of Children’s Services
  • Tennessee Department of Corrections
  • Tennessee Department of Homeland Security
  • Tennessee Highway Patrol
  • Tractor Supply Co.
  • U.S. Border Patrol
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Marshals
  • U.S. Secret Service

A student in the Criminal Justice Administration program may pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, with concentrations available in either Law Enforcement or Homeland Security. (Minors in Criminal Justice Administration and Homeland Security are offered for non-CJA majors.) The department is one of the participants in Forensic Science, an interdisciplinary major leading to a B.S. The Criminal Justice (B.S.) Degree can be obtained by taking online courses.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

At the graduate level, students may obtain a Master of Criminal Justice degree (offered as a joint program between MTSU and Tennessee State University).

Minors in Criminal Justice Administration and Homeland Security are also available.

Criminal Justice Administration Homeland Security Law Enforcement


Criminal Justice Administration, B.S.

Department of Criminal Justice Administration 
615-898-2630
Lance Selva, program coordinator
Lance.Selva@mtsu.edu

Courses in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration provide students with a well-rounded curriculum designed to meet the academic needs of those seeking careers in law enforcement, courts, and corrections as well as those already employed in the criminal justice system and related agencies.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Criminal Justice Administration, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (48 hours)

Criminal Justice Administration Core (18 hours)

In order to graduate, all Criminal Justice majors must earn a grade of at least a C (2.00) in all of the following core CJA courses:

  • CJA 1100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the criminal justice system; philosophy and history of criminal justice agencies; analysis of the problems and needs of agencies involved in the criminal justice process; survey of professional career opportunities.

  • CJA 2200 - Prevention and Control of Crime

    3 credit hours

    The police function; an analysis of crime prevention and control; major problems and needs of the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system.

  • CJA 2400 - The Judicial Process

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 2400.) The structure and function of the judicial system; the major problems and needs of the judicial segment of the criminal justice system; major emphasis on the basic concepts of criminal law and administration.

  • CJA 2600 - Corrections  3 credit hours  

    CJA 2600 - Corrections

    3 credit hours

    History of the development of corrections in Europe and America; survey of current prison conditions and operations, including pre-release, probation, and parole.

  • CJA 3200 - Research Methods with Computer Technology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CJA 1100  CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing. Overview of scientific research methods in criminal justice with emphasis on computer technology to conduct research and interpretation and analysis on various statistical data.

  • CJA 3400 - Constitutional Issues and Criminal Justice

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CJA 1100  CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing. Development of Constitutional and procedural controls of the administration of criminal justice. Constitutional limits on law enforcement agencies including the laws of arrest, search and seizure, admissions and confessions, and eavesdropping; on pre-trial and trial procedures, on past conviction processes. Emphasis on current U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

Remaining Major Courses (30 hours)

  • Criminal Justice Administration courses as advised

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (13-16 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Criminal Justice Administration

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Following is a suggested pattern of study; however, consultation with the assigned advisor is necessary before each registration.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • CJA 1100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the criminal justice system; philosophy and history of criminal justice agencies; analysis of the problems and needs of agencies involved in the criminal justice process; survey of professional career opportunities.

  • CJA 2200 - Prevention and Control of Crime

    3 credit hours

    The police function; an analysis of crime prevention and control; major problems and needs of the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 6 credit hours
  • Mathematics (Math) 3 credit hours

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • CJA 2400 - The Judicial Process

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 2400.) The structure and function of the judicial system; the major problems and needs of the judicial segment of the criminal justice system; major emphasis on the basic concepts of criminal law and administration.

  • CJA 2600 - Corrections  3 credit hours  

    CJA 2600 - Corrections

    3 credit hours

    History of the development of corrections in Europe and America; survey of current prison conditions and operations, including pre-release, probation, and parole.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Natural Sciences (2 prefixes) 8 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • CJA electives 6 credit hours
  • Minor course 3 credit hours
  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

Subtotal: 32 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • CJA 3400 - Constitutional Issues and Criminal Justice

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CJA 1100  CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing. Development of Constitutional and procedural controls of the administration of criminal justice. Constitutional limits on law enforcement agencies including the laws of arrest, search and seizure, admissions and confessions, and eavesdropping; on pre-trial and trial procedures, on past conviction processes. Emphasis on current U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

  • Minor courses 12 credit hours
  • CJA electives 15 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • CJA 3200 - Research Methods with Computer Technology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CJA 1100  CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing. Overview of scientific research methods in criminal justice with emphasis on computer technology to conduct research and interpretation and analysis on various statistical data.

  • Minor course 3 credit hours
  • CJA electives 9 credit hours
  • General guided electives 13 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours

 

NOTE:

*Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and successful completion (at least a C) of the first core courses: CJA 1100, CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600.


Criminal Justice Administration, Homeland Security Concentration, B.S.

Department of Criminal Justice Administration 
615-898-2630
Lance Selva, program coordinator
Lance.Selva@mtsu.edu

Courses in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration provide students with a well-rounded curriculum designed to meet the academic needs of those seeking careers in law enforcement, courts, and corrections as well as those already employed in the criminal justice system and related agencies.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Criminal Justice Administration, Homeland Security, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (48 hours)

Criminal Justice Administration Core (18 hours)

  • CJA 1100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the criminal justice system; philosophy and history of criminal justice agencies; analysis of the problems and needs of agencies involved in the criminal justice process; survey of professional career opportunities.

  • CJA 2200 - Prevention and Control of Crime

    3 credit hours

    The police function; an analysis of crime prevention and control; major problems and needs of the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system.

  • CJA 2400 - The Judicial Process

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 2400.) The structure and function of the judicial system; the major problems and needs of the judicial segment of the criminal justice system; major emphasis on the basic concepts of criminal law and administration.

  • CJA 2600 - Corrections  3 credit hours  

    CJA 2600 - Corrections

    3 credit hours

    History of the development of corrections in Europe and America; survey of current prison conditions and operations, including pre-release, probation, and parole.

  • CJA 3200 - Research Methods with Computer Technology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CJA 1100  CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing. Overview of scientific research methods in criminal justice with emphasis on computer technology to conduct research and interpretation and analysis on various statistical data.

  • CJA 3400 - Constitutional Issues and Criminal Justice

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CJA 1100  CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing. Development of Constitutional and procedural controls of the administration of criminal justice. Constitutional limits on law enforcement agencies including the laws of arrest, search and seizure, admissions and confessions, and eavesdropping; on pre-trial and trial procedures, on past conviction processes. Emphasis on current U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

Homeland Security Concentration (30 hours)

  • CJA 3750 - Terrorism and Criminal Justice

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CJA 1100 or permission of instructor. Meaning, history, purposes, and incidents of terrorism. Emphasis on terrorist acts as crimes along with the unique role of law enforcement in the detection, prevention, investigation, and prosecution of the crimes. Legislative, constitutional, and legal issues surrounding law enforcement, courts, and corrections explored.

  • CJA 4850 - Private and Industrial Security

    3 credit hours

    Examines the relationships among the criminal justice system, homeland security, and private and industrial security including historical roots and mutual concerns. Covers terrorist acts, internal theft, white-collar crime, retail security, institutional security, cargo and computer security as well as the role of the criminal justice system in prevention and investigation.

  • CJA 4870 - Security Law  3 credit hours  

    CJA 4870 - Security Law

    3 credit hours

    An analysis of the legal background of private and proprietary security. Critical current legal issues in the private security field including terrorism issues. Legal and cooperative relationships between private and proprietary security operations and public law enforcement agencies.

  • Guided CJA electives 15 credit hours

 

Six credit hours chosen from:

  • CJA 3250 - Criminal Law  3 credit hours  

    CJA 3250 - Criminal Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CJA 1100. Theories and principles of the body of substantive criminal law. Covers the elements of the range of criminal law offenses.

  • CJA 3900 - Organized and White-Collar Crime

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CJA 1100. Explores emergent and historical treatments of white collar and organized crime, with an emphasis on theoretical, etiological, and enforcement typologies in both the criminological and criminal justice literatures. Advent of several high-profile connections between traditionally distinct organized and white-collar crimes emphasized.

  • CJA 4330 - Criminal Investigations

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 4330.) Prerequisite: For Forensic Science majors or Criminal Justice Administration majors or minors or with permission of instructor. General investigative responsibilities and techniques including administration, preparation, investigative jurisdiction and responsibility, and the importance of substantive report writing.

  • CJA 4860 - Security Administration

    3 credit hours

    The placement of the security function within an organization. The role of the security manager in developing a program to protect assets and reduce illegal losses, to protect against acts of terrorism, and to provide protection for personnel. The application of management techniques to the operation of the organization's security division, including personnel recruitment and selection. Development of security survey techniques, identification of security risks, and techniques used to eliminate opportunities for theft, other crimes, and terrorist acts.

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (13-16 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Criminal Justice Administration, Homeland Security

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Following is a suggested pattern of study; however, consultation with the assigned advisor is necessary before each registration.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • CJA 1100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the criminal justice system; philosophy and history of criminal justice agencies; analysis of the problems and needs of agencies involved in the criminal justice process; survey of professional career opportunities.

  • CJA 2200 - Prevention and Control of Crime

    3 credit hours

    The police function; an analysis of crime prevention and control; major problems and needs of the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 6 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • CJA 2400 - The Judicial Process

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 2400.) The structure and function of the judicial system; the major problems and needs of the judicial segment of the criminal justice system; major emphasis on the basic concepts of criminal law and administration.

  • CJA 2600 - Corrections  3 credit hours  

    CJA 2600 - Corrections

    3 credit hours

    History of the development of corrections in Europe and America; survey of current prison conditions and operations, including pre-release, probation, and parole.

  • CJA 3750 - Terrorism and Criminal Justice

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CJA 1100 or permission of instructor. Meaning, history, purposes, and incidents of terrorism. Emphasis on terrorist acts as crimes along with the unique role of law enforcement in the detection, prevention, investigation, and prosecution of the crimes. Legislative, constitutional, and legal issues surrounding law enforcement, courts, and corrections explored.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • Natural Sciences (2 prefixes) 8 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • CJA Homeland Security elective* 3 credit hours
  • Minor course 3 credit hours

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

Subtotal: 32 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • CJA 3400 - Constitutional Issues and Criminal Justice

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CJA 1100  CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing. Development of Constitutional and procedural controls of the administration of criminal justice. Constitutional limits on law enforcement agencies including the laws of arrest, search and seizure, admissions and confessions, and eavesdropping; on pre-trial and trial procedures, on past conviction processes. Emphasis on current U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

  • CJA 4850 - Private and Industrial Security

    3 credit hours

    Examines the relationships among the criminal justice system, homeland security, and private and industrial security including historical roots and mutual concerns. Covers terrorist acts, internal theft, white-collar crime, retail security, institutional security, cargo and computer security as well as the role of the criminal justice system in prevention and investigation.

  • CJA 4870 - Security Law  3 credit hours  

    CJA 4870 - Security Law

    3 credit hours

    An analysis of the legal background of private and proprietary security. Critical current legal issues in the private security field including terrorism issues. Legal and cooperative relationships between private and proprietary security operations and public law enforcement agencies.

  • CJA Homeland Security elective*  3 credit hours
  • CJA electives 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 12 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • CJA 3200 - Research Methods with Computer Technology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CJA 1100  CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing. Overview of scientific research methods in criminal justice with emphasis on computer technology to conduct research and interpretation and analysis on various statistical data.

  • CJA electives 9 credit hours
  • General guided electives 13 credit hours
  • Minor course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours

 

NOTE:

*CJA majors with Homeland Security concentration must fulfill the 15-hour requirement.

**Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and successful completion (at least a C) of the first core courses: CJA 1100, CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600.


Criminal Justice Administration, Law Enforcement Concentration, B.S.

Department of Criminal Justice Administration 
615-898-2630
Lance Selva, program coordinator
Lance.Selva@mtsu.edu

Courses in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration provide students with a well-rounded curriculum designed to meet the academic needs of those seeking careers in law enforcement, courts, and corrections as well as those already employed in the criminal justice system and related agencies.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Criminal Justice Administration, Law Enforcement, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 Hours)

General Educationrequirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (48 hours)

Criminal Justice Administration Core (18 hours)

  • CJA 1100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the criminal justice system; philosophy and history of criminal justice agencies; analysis of the problems and needs of agencies involved in the criminal justice process; survey of professional career opportunities.

  • CJA 2200 - Prevention and Control of Crime

    3 credit hours

    The police function; an analysis of crime prevention and control; major problems and needs of the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system.

  • CJA 2400 - The Judicial Process

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 2400.) The structure and function of the judicial system; the major problems and needs of the judicial segment of the criminal justice system; major emphasis on the basic concepts of criminal law and administration.

  • CJA 2600 - Corrections  3 credit hours  

    CJA 2600 - Corrections

    3 credit hours

    History of the development of corrections in Europe and America; survey of current prison conditions and operations, including pre-release, probation, and parole.

  • CJA 3200 - Research Methods with Computer Technology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CJA 1100  CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing. Overview of scientific research methods in criminal justice with emphasis on computer technology to conduct research and interpretation and analysis on various statistical data.

  • CJA 3400 - Constitutional Issues and Criminal Justice

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CJA 1100  CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing. Development of Constitutional and procedural controls of the administration of criminal justice. Constitutional limits on law enforcement agencies including the laws of arrest, search and seizure, admissions and confessions, and eavesdropping; on pre-trial and trial procedures, on past conviction processes. Emphasis on current U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

Law Enforcement Concentration (30 hours)

  • Guided CJA electives 15 credit hours

 

Choose 15 credit hours from the following:

  • CJA 2900 - Practicum in Law Enforcement

    6 credit hours

    Practicum. (Specialized Instruction, Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Donelson.) In addition to normal tuition and fees, students will also be required to pay room and board costs at the Academy. Open only to pre-service seniors. Arrangements to take this course should be made with the department chair at least one semester in advance so that the student can be enrolled in the academy.

  • CJA 3230 - Police Organization and Administration

    3 credit hours

    Principles of organization and personnel management, line staff and auxiliary functions; the police organization and the individual; planning, research, and development; political controls on authority and jurisdiction; professionalization of the police.

  • CJA 3250 - Criminal Law  3 credit hours  

    CJA 3250 - Criminal Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CJA 1100. Theories and principles of the body of substantive criminal law. Covers the elements of the range of criminal law offenses.

  • CJA 4220 - Community Relations and Minority Problems

    3 credit hours

    Analysis of public hostility toward police and current community relations projects, human relations, training and education of law enforcement officers; responsibilities of police administrators, causes of tension and conflict, dissent and disorder, positive and negative factors in the control of minority group hostilities; minority recruitment in law enforcement.

  • CJA 4260 - Special Issues in Law Enforcement

    3 credit hours

    A variety of subtopics related to the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system such as problems in private and public morality with regard to drug use, alcoholism, and sex offenses; analysis of current police training programs; relationship between legislation and political processes which affect law enforcement.

  • CJA 4330 - Criminal Investigations

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 4330.) Prerequisite: For Forensic Science majors or Criminal Justice Administration majors or minors or with permission of instructor. General investigative responsibilities and techniques including administration, preparation, investigative jurisdiction and responsibility, and the importance of substantive report writing.

  • CJA 4340 - Crime Scene Investigation

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 4340.) Prerequisite: CJA 4330 or FSCJ 4330. Advanced approach to the various elements of criminal investigations. Provides simulated investigative experiences through the use of mock crime scenes. Emphasis on preparing students for a career in law enforcement.

  • CJA 4530 - Criminal Evidence and Procedures

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 4530.)  Designed to develop an understanding of the types of individuals and problems of admissibility in court proceedings, the proper treatment and disposition of evidence, the legal procedure to be followed, and the actual trial procedure.

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (13-16 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Criminal Justice Administration, Law Enforcement

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Following is a suggested pattern of study; however, consultation with the assigned advisor is necessary before each registration.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • CJA 1100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the criminal justice system; philosophy and history of criminal justice agencies; analysis of the problems and needs of agencies involved in the criminal justice process; survey of professional career opportunities.

  • CJA 2200 - Prevention and Control of Crime

    3 credit hours

    The police function; an analysis of crime prevention and control; major problems and needs of the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 6 credit hours
  • Mathematics (Math) 3 credit hours

 

Choose 6 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • CJA 2400 - The Judicial Process

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 2400.) The structure and function of the judicial system; the major problems and needs of the judicial segment of the criminal justice system; major emphasis on the basic concepts of criminal law and administration.

  • CJA 2600 - Corrections  3 credit hours  

    CJA 2600 - Corrections

    3 credit hours

    History of the development of corrections in Europe and America; survey of current prison conditions and operations, including pre-release, probation, and parole.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • CJA Law Enforcement electives* 6 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences (2 prefixes) 8 credit hours
  • Minor course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 32 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • CJA 3400 - Constitutional Issues and Criminal Justice

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CJA 1100  CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing. Development of Constitutional and procedural controls of the administration of criminal justice. Constitutional limits on law enforcement agencies including the laws of arrest, search and seizure, admissions and confessions, and eavesdropping; on pre-trial and trial procedures, on past conviction processes. Emphasis on current U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

  • CJA Law Enforcement elective* 9 credit hours
  • CJA electives 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 12 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • CJA 3200 - Research Methods with Computer Technology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CJA 1100  CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing. Overview of scientific research methods in criminal justice with emphasis on computer technology to conduct research and interpretation and analysis on various statistical data.

  • CJA elective 9 credit hours
  • Minor course 3 credit hours
  • General guided electives 13 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours

 

NOTE:

*CJA majors with Law Enforcement concentration must fulfill the 15 hour requirement.

**Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and successful completion (at least a C) of the first core courses: CJA 1100, CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600.

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Criminal Justice Administration

CJA 1100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Administration
3 credit hours

Survey of the criminal justice system; philosophy and history of criminal justice agencies; analysis of the problems and needs of agencies involved in the criminal justice process; survey of professional career opportunities.

CJA 2100 - Criminal Theory
3 credit hours

Introduction to crime theory and criminal justice policies. Topics include biological, psychological, and sociological studies of crime and policies adopted by the criminal justice system in response to crime theory.

CJA 2200 - Prevention and Control of Crime
3 credit hours

The police function; an analysis of crime prevention and control; major problems and needs of the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system.

CJA 2400 - The Judicial Process
3 credit hours

(Same as FSCJ 2400.) The structure and function of the judicial system; the major problems and needs of the judicial segment of the criminal justice system; major emphasis on the basic concepts of criminal law and administration.

CJA 2600 - Corrections
3 credit hours

History of the development of corrections in Europe and America; survey of current prison conditions and operations, including pre-release, probation, and parole.

CJA 2900 - Practicum in Law Enforcement
6 credit hours

Practicum. (Specialized Instruction, Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, Donelson.) In addition to normal tuition and fees, students will also be required to pay room and board costs at the Academy. Open only to pre-service seniors. Arrangements to take this course should be made with the department chair at least one semester in advance so that the student can be enrolled in the academy.

CJA 3200 - Research Methods with Computer Technology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CJA 1100  CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing. Overview of scientific research methods in criminal justice with emphasis on computer technology to conduct research and interpretation and analysis on various statistical data.

CJA 3220 - Ethics in Criminal Justice
3 credit hours

Principles of justice and ethics. Covers ethics and law, police and ethical standards, ethics and the courts, and correctional ethics.

CJA 3230 - Police Organization and Administration
3 credit hours

Principles of organization and personnel management, line staff and auxiliary functions; the police organization and the individual; planning, research, and development; political controls on authority and jurisdiction; professionalization of the police.

CJA 3250 - Criminal Law
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CJA 1100. Theories and principles of the body of substantive criminal law. Covers the elements of the range of criminal law offenses.

CJA 3400 - Constitutional Issues and Criminal Justice
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CJA 1100  CJA 2200, CJA 2400, and CJA 2600 or permission of instructor; junior or senior standing. Development of Constitutional and procedural controls of the administration of criminal justice. Constitutional limits on law enforcement agencies including the laws of arrest, search and seizure, admissions and confessions, and eavesdropping; on pre-trial and trial procedures, on past conviction processes. Emphasis on current U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

CJA 3450 - Legal Issues in Corrections
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CJA 1100 or permission of instructor. Legal issues concerning the constitutional rights of convicted offenders. Topics include impact of court decisions upon correctional personnel and administration; use of force; rights of visitation; use of mail, solitary confinement, religion, legal services; probation and parole regulations; right to treatment; and civil liabilities of correctional officials.

CJA 3500 - Criminal Courts: Structure, Personnel, and Processes
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CJA 1100 and CJA 2400. Role of the criminal courts in our criminal justice system with a focus on structures, personnel, and processes. Various job opportunities and placement qualifications discussed.

CJA 3630 - Probation and Parole
3 credit hours

An analysis of the history, theory, philosophy, and function of probation, parole, and pardon; evaluation of the effectiveness of the individual in the community; usage of pre-sentence investigation; selection, supervision, and release of probationers and parolees.

CJA 3650 - Correctional Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CJA 1100 and CJA 2600 or permission of instructor. Comprehensive overview of management issues in both institutional and community corrections. Topics include organizational theory; planning, programming, and budgeting; policy analysis, program evaluation, information systems and technology; facilities management; offender classification systems; treatment programs; management of special offender populations; personnel issues.

CJA 3700 - Women, Crime, and Justice Administration
3 credit hours

Explores the experience of women in the criminal justice system as victims of violence and as criminal justice employees and prisoners. Focus on gender-based differences in the experience of criminal justice from historical, economic, and professional perspectives.

CJA 3750 - Terrorism and Criminal Justice
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CJA 1100 or permission of instructor. Meaning, history, purposes, and incidents of terrorism. Emphasis on terrorist acts as crimes along with the unique role of law enforcement in the detection, prevention, investigation, and prosecution of the crimes. Legislative, constitutional, and legal issues surrounding law enforcement, courts, and corrections explored.

CJA 3900 - Organized and White-Collar Crime
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CJA 1100. Explores emergent and historical treatments of white collar and organized crime, with an emphasis on theoretical, etiological, and enforcement typologies in both the criminological and criminal justice literatures. Advent of several high-profile connections between traditionally distinct organized and white-collar crimes emphasized.

CJA 4220 - Community Relations and Minority Problems
3 credit hours

Analysis of public hostility toward police and current community relations projects, human relations, training and education of law enforcement officers; responsibilities of police administrators, causes of tension and conflict, dissent and disorder, positive and negative factors in the control of minority group hostilities; minority recruitment in law enforcement.

CJA 4260 - Special Issues in Law Enforcement
3 credit hours

A variety of subtopics related to the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system such as problems in private and public morality with regard to drug use, alcoholism, and sex offenses; analysis of current police training programs; relationship between legislation and political processes which affect law enforcement.

CJA 4300 - Criminal Justice Internship
9 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (Open only to pre-service seniors, e.g., those preparing for a career in the criminal justice field who are not currently employed by a criminal justice agency and restricted to Criminal Justice Administration majors and minors.) Field placement in a criminal justice agency to provide practical understanding and experience in the field. A minimum of 320 clock hours required.

CJA 4330 - Criminal Investigations
3 credit hours

(Same as FSCJ 4330.) Prerequisite: For Forensic Science majors or Criminal Justice Administration majors or minors or with permission of instructor. General investigative responsibilities and techniques including administration, preparation, investigative jurisdiction and responsibility, and the importance of substantive report writing.

CJA 4340 - Crime Scene Investigation
3 credit hours

(Same as FSCJ 4340.) Prerequisite: CJA 4330 or FSCJ 4330. Advanced approach to the various elements of criminal investigations. Provides simulated investigative experiences through the use of mock crime scenes. Emphasis on preparing students for a career in law enforcement.

CJA 4350 - Homicide Investigations
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CJA 1100 and CJA 4330 or permission of instructor. Evidence analysis, suspect development, crime scene reconstruction, criminal profiling, and legal issues involved in homicide crime scenes. Emphasis placed primarily on the perspective of the criminal investigator, but impact of rules of criminal evidence also addressed.

CJA 4500 - The Juvenile Justice System
3 credit hours

The problem of juvenile delinquency and youth crime with emphasis on the history of the juvenile justice system, the court and police role within the system, rehabilitation and correction of the delinquent, and juvenile probation services. Alternatives to traditional procedures, such as community-based programs versus correctional institutions, and non-judicial and judicial adjustment examined.

CJA 4530 - Criminal Evidence and Procedures
3 credit hours

(Same as FSCJ 4530.)  Designed to develop an understanding of the types of individuals and problems of admissibility in court proceedings, the proper treatment and disposition of evidence, the legal procedure to be followed, and the actual trial procedure.

CJA 4750 - Seminar in Corrections
3 credit hours

Each student required to select a problem area of interest for an intensive research effort. The group will be presented with a contemporary corrections issue or problem and will be required to create practical and workable strategies for coping with the issue.

CJA 4800 - Crime in America: An Assessment
3 credit hours

An in-depth survey of the impact of crime on American society; the amount and trends of crime, the economic impact of crime, professional and white collar crime, characteristics of offenders, and victims of crime.

CJA 4850 - Private and Industrial Security
3 credit hours

Examines the relationships among the criminal justice system, homeland security, and private and industrial security including historical roots and mutual concerns. Covers terrorist acts, internal theft, white-collar crime, retail security, institutional security, cargo and computer security as well as the role of the criminal justice system in prevention and investigation.

CJA 4860 - Security Administration
3 credit hours

The placement of the security function within an organization. The role of the security manager in developing a program to protect assets and reduce illegal losses, to protect against acts of terrorism, and to provide protection for personnel. The application of management techniques to the operation of the organization's security division, including personnel recruitment and selection. Development of security survey techniques, identification of security risks, and techniques used to eliminate opportunities for theft, other crimes, and terrorist acts.

CJA 4870 - Security Law
3 credit hours

An analysis of the legal background of private and proprietary security. Critical current legal issues in the private security field including terrorism issues. Legal and cooperative relationships between private and proprietary security operations and public law enforcement agencies.

CJA 4900 - Readings in Criminal Justice Administration
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Open only to Criminal Justice Administration majors and minors. For the advanced student who is capable of independent study. Readings in a particular area of criminal justice relevant to the individual student's interests. Preparation of an annotated bibliography and report required. Arrangements for this course should be made with the instructor prior to registration.

CJA 4930 - International Criminal Justice
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CJA 1100 or permission of instructor. Compares the American criminal justice system with those in other countries. Examines historical origins, structural differences, and varying degrees of effectiveness and efficiency in law enforcement, courts, and corrections in selected nations. Explores challenges posed by the globalization of crime and terrorism.

Contact and Student Information

Shelly Higdon
shelly.higdon@mtsu.edu
615-898-2630

Joanne Picker (A-K)
Joanne.Picker@mtsu.edu
615-898-4939 | CKNB 108

Riley Finch (L-Z)
Riley.Finch@mtsu.edu
615-898-4905 | CKNB 108

Department of Criminal Justice Administration
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 238
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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