Criminology & Criminal Justice (CCJS)College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
2220 LeFrak Hall, 301-405-4699
Chair: J. Lynch (Prof & Chair)
Director: L. Brooks (Undergraduate Director)
Professors: D. Gottfredson, G. LaFree (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), J. Laub (Distinguished University Professor), R. Paternoster (Distinguished Scholar Teacher), P. Reuter, L. Sherman (Distinguished University Professor), S. Simpson, T. Thornberry (Distinguished University Professor)
Associate Professors: L. Dugan, B. Johnson (Graduate Director), T. Loughran (Honors Director), J. McGloin, E. Wish
Assistant Professors: D. Maimon, K. Nakamura
Lecturers: B. Dooley, R. Hamill, A. Lehman, S. Malm, T. Mauriello, D. Mitchell, C. Roberts White, D. Salem
Professors Emeriti: C. Wellford
The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology is to provide a supportive academic and professional environment for faculty and students. The Department promotes study and teaching concerning crime and delinquency and their prevention and control. The University of Maryland's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a national and international leader in research and criminal justice education, and its Graduate Program is ranked number one in the field. Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronym:CCJS. Both UMD and Shady Grove offer the CCJS Bachelor of Arts degree.
Program Learning Outcomes
Having completed the CCJS degree program, students should acquire the following knowledge and skills:
Admission to the Major
In accordance with University policy, the Department of Criminology andCriminal Justice at UMD has been designated a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP). All first-time freshmen admits who request Criminology and Criminal Justice will be directly admitted into the major. Other first-time freshman that wish to declare Criminology and Criminal Justice as a major prior to the last day of classes of the first semesterin residence will be allowed to do so. The LEP does not apply to the CCJS Shady Grove program.
In order to remain a Criminology and Criminal Justice major, newly admitted freshman will be required to complete the following gateway/entrance requirements on or before the end of the semester in which they attempt 45 University of Maryland credits:
a. Completion of the University's Fundamental English Requirement (ENGL101)
All other students, including both internal and external transfer students, will not be admitted to the program until they have met the following requirements:
a. Completion of the University's Fundamental English Requirement (ENGL101)
Policies for Limited Enrollment Programs:
Any student denied admission or dismissed from the major may appeal. Dismissed students appeal directly to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Internal transfer students appeal to the Office of the Dean for Behavioral and Social Sciences. External transfer students appeal to the Office of Admissions.
Requirements for the Major
The major in Criminology & Criminal Justice comprises 30 hours of coursework in criminology and criminal justice. Eighteen (18) hours of supporting sequence selected from a list of social and behavioral science courses are required (list is available in the CCJS advising office and on the department website). No grade lower than a "C-" may be used toward the major. Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average across all courses, including the suppporting sequence, used to satisfy major degree requirements. Nine (9) hours of the supporting sequence must be at the 300/400 level. In addition, MATH111 or higher (MATH220, MATH140 or STAT100, but not MATH113 or MATH115) and CCJS200 (or an approved course in social statistics) must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better. A grade of "C-" or better is required in MATH111 as a prerequisite to CCJS200.
Other Requirements for the Major
The CCJS Department enforces all prerequisites and does not oversubscribe students to courses that are closed.
All majors are strongly encouraged to see an advisor at least once each semester. Advising is available on a walk-in basis between 10 am and 4 pm weekdays in 0102 Morrill Hall. Students must complete all course prerequisites and obtain department permission from CCJS Advising to enroll in most CCJS classes. Call 301-405-4729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Requirements for Internship Placements
The internship must be a learning experience involving work in a criminal justice or criminological setting. Interns are expected to gain valuable information which will add to their overall understanding of the field of criminology and criminal justice. Internship positions must center around gaining new material over the course of the semester and are expected to involve some degree of ongoing training/learning for the intern. Internship placements are subject to the approval of the Internship Director.
Interns must meet the following criteria:
Interns must register themselves for the internship prior to the end of the semester's schedule adjustment period. Obtaining Departmental approval for the internship does NOT register the student for the class. Additional information about internships can be picked up from the CCJS advising office in 0102 Morrill Hall or online at www.ccjs.umd.edu/Undergrad/index.asp
The Honors Program is a four-semester (12 required credit hours) sequence, which a student begins in the fall semester of his or her junior year. The classes are in seminar format and are writing intensive. During the fall semester of their senior year, students will complete a thesis/research proposal. This paper will be 25-40 pages in length and must be orally defended. Students must complete a graduate course, which will count for three of the twelve required credit hours. Honors students may count their honors courses toward satisfaction of their major curriculum requirements.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
There are two Student Societies available for membership for CCJS majors: the Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) and Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society (APS).
The Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) is dedicated to supplementing our members' academic experience by providing extracurricular opportunities to further explore critical issues involving criminology and criminal justice. Through a regular program of speakers, agency demonstrations, community service projects and an annual career fair, the CJSA provides students with valuable information for making decisions about career choices, further graduate level study, and law school. The CJSA provides students with opportunities for academic and social interaction, and access to criminology and criminal justice researchers, teachers, and practitioners representing a variety of government, academic and commercial corporate and non-profit organizations. All graduate and undergraduate students, regardless of major, are eligible for membership in the CJSA. CJSA meetings and programs are held at least monthly during the Fall and Spring semesters. CJSA does not assess membership dues or fees.
Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) is a National Criminal Justice Honor Society founded 1942 and membership is open to CCJS majors who have completed at least 40 total credits with at least 12 credits in CCJS courses. Undergraduate Applicants must have an overall GPA of at least a 3.2 and a major GPA of at least 3.4. Graduate student applicants must have a 3.4 overall GPA. Applicants must fill out and print the application available at www.alphaphisigma.org/resources.html . Choose Student Member Application (US chapters), submit an official or unofficial transcript, and a check (personal is fine) made out to Alpha Phi Sigma for $55 ($50 of which goes to the National fee and $5 goes to the local chapter). The CCJS degree is a Bachelor of Arts. The name of the local chapter is Omega Iota. Put the completed application, check, and transcript in Dr. Brooks' mailbox inside 2220 Lefrak Hall. Applications are processed once at the beginning of the Fall semester and once at the beginning of the Spring semester each year, and it generally takes a few months to get official acceptance. Dr. Brooks will notify you when your certificate and pin have been received.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu
Awards and Recognition
Each semester the department selects the outstanding graduating senior for the Peter J. Lejins award.