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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Criminology and Criminal Justice

5105 Camille Kendall Academic Center, 301-738-6307

Director: Wendy Stickle, Ph.D.

9630 Gudelsky Drive, Room 5105

Chair: J. Lynch
Shady Grove Program Director: W. Stickle, Ph.D.
Lecturers: C. Roberts White, N. Romeiser, S. Eastman, J. Conroy, R. Morse , R. Cotter, T. Jordan, L. Reynolds, D. Gillespie, T. Alexander

The Major

Criminology and criminal justice encompasses the study of both the causes of, and responses to crime.  It involves studying individual, group, and mass behavior, as well as the institutions, professions, and laws that exist to detect, control, and ameliorate the effects of crime.  As a discipline, criminology and criminal justice is situated at the nexus of other social science disciplines such as sociology, psychology, and government, in addition to public policy and legal studies.

The University of Maryland, College Park offers its Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Criminal Justice at the Universities at Shady Grove.  Students transfer into this Program after completing their freshman and sophomore years elsewhere, typically at a junior college. Through this Program, students complete their junior- and senior-year coursework at USG with the option to attend full- or part-time. Upon completion of this Program, students are awarded a University of Maryland, College Park B.A. degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Having completed the CCJS degree program, students should have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

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

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 supporting 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  Policing  3
CCJS350  Juvenile Delinquency  3
CCJS ELECT  CCJS Electives (3 courses)  9
  One from:  3
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)  9
   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 by appointment in the Camille Kendall Academic Center (Building III), room 5105.  Students must complete all course prerequisites and obtain department permission from the Program Director to enroll in most CCJS classes.  Call 301-738-6307 or email ccjsusg@umd.edu.


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 Building III, room 5105.

Student Societies and Professional Organizations

There are two Student Societies available for membership for CCJS majors:  the Criminal Justice Student Association (CRIMSA) and Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society (APS).

The Criminal Justice Student Association (CRIMSA) 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, and community service projects, the CRIMSA provides students with valuable information for making decisions about career choices, further graduate level study, and law school.  CRIMSA 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 Universities at Shady Grove students, regardless of home institution or major, are eligible for CRIMSA membership.  CRIMSA meetings and programs are held at least monthly during the Fall and Spring semesters. 

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 an application, submit an official or unofficial transcript, and a check (personal check is fine) made out to Alpha Phi Sigma for $55.  The local chapter's name is Omega Iota.  Completed applications, check, and transcripts should be submitted to Dr. Stickle in Building III, room 5105. Applications are processed throughout the academic year.  You will be notified when you have been officially accepted.  Applications are available from Dr. stickle or at www.ccjs.umd.edu.

Awards and Recognition

Each year the department selects the outstanding graduating senior for the Peter J. Lejins award.  A graduating senior is also selected for the Shady Grove Academic Achievement Award.

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