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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

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 Major

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:

  1. Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of major criminology and criminal justice content areas.
  2. Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of descriptive and inferential statistics appropriate to the social sciences.
  3. Students will demonstrate competence in basic social science research methods.

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)
b. Completion of CCJS100 with a grade of "C-" or higher
c. Completion of CCJS105 with a grade of "C-" or higher
d. Completion of MATH111 or MATH220 or MATH140 or STAT100 with a grade of "C-" or higher
e. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00

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)
b. Completion of CCJS100 with a grade of "C-" or higher
c. Completion of CCJS105 with a grade of "C-" or higher
d. Completion of MATH111 or MATH220 or MATH140 or STAT100 with a grade of "C-" or higher
e. A minimum cumulative GPA based on all previous college-level coursework of 2.50 or higher

Policies for Limited Enrollment Programs:

  • Only one gateway or entrance requirement course may be repeated to earn the required grade, and that course may be repeated only once.
  • A grade of W (Withdrawn) in a course is counted as an attempt.
  • Students may apply only once to a Limited Enrollment Program. Students who have been dismissed from the major may not reapply.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00.  Failure to do so will result in dismissal from the major.

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.

  Major Requirements Credits
CCJS100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CCJS105 Criminology 3
CCJS230 Criminal Law in Action 3
CCJS300 Criminological and Criminal Justice Research Methods 3
CCJS340 Concepts of Law Enforcement Administration 3
CCJS350 Juvenile Delinquency 3
CCJS ELECT CCJS Electives (3 courses) 9
  One from:
CCJS451 Crime and Delinquency Prevention  
CCJS452 Treatment of Criminals and Delinquents  
CCJS454 Contemporary Criminological Theory  
  Total credits 30
  Supporting Sequence  
SUPPORT Lower or Upper level courses from approved list (3 courses) 9
SUPPORT UL Upper level courses from approved list
(3 courses)
  One from:  3-4
MATH111 Introduction to Probability  
MATH220 Elementary Calculus I  
MATH140 Calculus I  
STAT100 Elementary Statistics and Probability  
  One from: 3-4
CCJS200 Statistics for Criminology and Criminal Justice  
ECON321 Economic Statistics  
PSYC200 Statistical Methods in Psychology   
SOCY201 Introductory Statistics for Sociology   
BMGT230 Business Statistics   
  Total credits - Major and Supporting  54
  Electives for CCJS Majors (most courses are 3 credits):
CCJS234 Law of Criminal Investigation 
CCJS310 Criminal Investigations 
CCJS320 Introduction to Criminalistics 
CCJS330 Contemporary Criminological Issues 
CCJS331 Contemporary Legal Policy Issues 
CCJS332 Major Transitions: From Undergraduate to Professional 
CCJS352 Drugs and Crime 
CCJS357 Industrial and Retail Security Administration 
CCJS359 Field Training in Criminology and Corrections 
CCJS360 Victimology 
CCJS370 Race, Crime and Criminal Justice 
CCJS386 Experiential Learning 
CCJS388H Independent Reading Course in Criminology and Criminal Justice - Honors 
CCJS389H Independent Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice - Honors 
CCJS398 Law Enforcement and Field Training 
CCJS399 Independent Study in Criminology and Criminal Justice 
CCJS400 Criminal Courts 
CCJS432 Law of Corrections 
CCJS444 Advanced Law Enforcement Administration 
CCJS451 Crime and Delinquency Prevention 
CCJS452 Treatment of Criminals and Delinquents 
CCJS453 White Collar and Organized Crime 
CCJS454 Contemporary Criminological Theory 
CCJS455 Dynamics of Planned Change in Criminal Justice I 
CCJS456 Dynamics of Planned Change in Criminal Justice II 
CCJS457 Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice 
CCJS461 Psychology of Criminal Behavior 
CCJS462 Special Problems in Security Administration 
CCJS498 Selected Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice 


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 ccjsadvising@umd.edu .


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.

Internship Eligibility

Interns must meet the following criteria:

  • Interns must be CCJS majors
  • Interns must have completed a minimum of 56 credits at the time of application
  • Interns must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 at the time of application
  • Interns must work 40 hours per credit over the course of the semester
  • A maximum of 6 internship credits per semester and a total of 12 internship credits overall will be permitted
  • Internship credit will not be approved for current or previously held jobs

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

Honors Program

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.

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