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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016

Criminology & Criminal Justice (CCJS)

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
2220 LeFrak Hall, 301-405-4699
www.ccjs.umd.edu
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 (Assoc. Chair), E. Wish, M. Xie
Assistant Professors: D. Maimon, K. Nakamura, L. Porter
Lecturers: R. Hamill, A. Lehman, J. Madoo, S. Malm, T. Mauriello, D. Mitchell, C. Roberts White, D. Salem, A. Tosouni
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 and Criminal 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 semester in 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 CCJS100 with a grade of "C-" or higher
b. Completion of CCJS105 with a grade of "C-" or higher
c. Completion of MATH111 or STAT100 with a grade of "C-" or higher. A calculus class (MATH 220, 130, 140 with a grade of "C-"  or higher may be substituted.
d. 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 CCJS100 with a grade of "C-" or higher
b. Completion of CCJS105 with a grade of "C-" or higher
c. Completion of MATH111 or STAT100 with a grade of "C-" or higher. A calculus class (MATH 220,130, 140) with a grade of "C-" or higher may be substituted.
d. 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

These requirements are for students who have matriculated to the University prior to Fall 2015 and transfer students from the University System of Maryland and Maryland community colleges prior to Fall 2015. 
The Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJS) major is comprised of 33 credit hours of coursework in the CCJS department, either MATH111 or STAT100, and 18 credit hours of supporting sequence coursework from outside of the CCJS department.  
 
Required CCJS Courses:
CCJS100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
CCJS105 - Introduction to Criminology
CCJS200 - Statistics for Criminology & Criminal Justice
CCJS230 - Criminal Law in Action
CCJS300 - Criminological and Criminal Justice Research Methods
CCJS340 - Policing
CCJS350 - Juvenile Delinquency
CCJS451, 452, 454 (Choose one):
 
CCJS451 - Crime and Delinquency Prevention
CCJS452 - Treatment of Criminals and Delinquents
CCJS454 - Contemporary Criminological Theory
 
3 CCJS Courses of Choice 
(Completed using one or a combination of the followings ways)
 
Complete additional CCJS courses that are not required (i.e., CCJS352, 360, 370)
Complete an Independent Study (CCJS399)
Complete an Internship (CCJS359 & 398)
 
Total CCJS Credits: 33 Credits
 
Additionally students must complete one of the following math courses for the CCJS LEP gateway requirements:
Choose one of the following:
MATH111- Introduction to Probability
STAT100 - Elementary Statistics and Probability
*A calculus class (MATH220, 140 or 130) with a grade of “C-“or higher may be substituted
 
Supporting Sequence 
(Supporting Sequence courses must be taken off the approved Supporting Sequence list):
3 lower level courses from the approved supporting sequence list
3 upper level courses from the approved supporting sequence list
 
Total Supporting Sequence credits: 18 Credits
 
Total Credits for the CCJS Major: 54 Credits
 
Please keep the following information in mind:
No grade lower than a "C-" may be used toward the major
Students must achieve a combined grade point average of  a 2.0 in supporting sequence courses
A minimum of 9 hours of Supporting Sequence must be at the 300/400 level
Students must achieve a combined grade point average of a 2.0 in the CCJS major
 
 
New CCJS Major Requirements (Fall 2015)
 
For students enrolled as freshmen in Fall 2015 or later, or new transfer students outside of the University System of Maryland and Maryland community colleges.  All students, regardless of matriculation date or place, will be subject to the new Fall 2015 CCJS major requirements in Fall 2017. 
 
Required CCJS Courses:
CCJS100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
CCJS105 - Introduction to Criminology
CCJS200 - Statistics for Criminology & Criminal Justice
CCJS230 - Criminal Law in Action
CCJS300 - Criminological and Criminal Justice Research Methods
 
2 CCJS Criminal Justice Courses
(Select two from the following three classes)
CCJS340 – Policing
CCJS345– Courts and Sentencing
CCJS342– Corrections
 
1 CCJS Criminology/Theory Course
(Select one from the following three classes)
CCJS450 – Advanced Juvenile Delinquency
CCJS451 - Crime and Delinquency Prevention
CCJS454 - Contemporary Criminological Theory
 
4 CCJS Courses of Choice 
Two CCJS Courses of Choice must be at the 400-level
(Completed using one or a combination of the followings ways)
Complete additional CCJS courses that are not required (i.e., CCJS352, 360, 370)
Complete an 1 Independent Study for credit (max 3 credits)
Complete an 1 Internship for credit (max 3 credits)
 
Total CCJS Credits: 36 Credits
 
Additionally students must complete one of the following math courses for the CCJS LEP gateway requirements:
Choose one of the following:
MATH111 - Introduction to Probability
STAT100 - Elementary Statistics and Probability
*A calculus class (MATH220, 140 or 130) with a grade of "C-" or higher may be substituted
 
Total Credits for the CCJS Major: 39 Credits
 
Please keep the following information in mind:
No grade lower than a "C-" may be used toward the major
Students must achieve a combined grade point average of a 2.0 in the CCJS major

Other Requirements for the Major

The CCJS Department enforces all prerequisites and does not oversubscribe students to courses that are closed. 

Advising

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 2201 Lefrak 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 .

Internships

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 45 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 2201 Lefrak 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 career fairs, 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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